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N.M. State Police Choose Ford P.I. Sedan

September 12, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of New Mexico State Police.
Photo courtesy of New Mexico State Police.

The New Mexico State Police purchased 54 Ford Police Interceptor sedans to replace its aging fleet of Ford Crown Vics, citing the vehicle's blend of performance, fuel economy, and safety features.

New Mexico troopers will soon be driving the twin-turbo all-wheel drive sedan that's powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The agency hopes to save 20% in fuel costs compared to its Ford Crown Vics, the agency's public information office told POLICE Magazine.

"These new police cruisers are also equipped with an all-wheel-drive system that will assist our officers with responding safely to emergency situations in almost any weather conditions they may encounter," an agency spokesperson wrote in an e-mail.

The agency also cited the vehicle's 75-mph rear-end crash rating in its decision-making process. The vehicles cost about $26,000 each. A private contractor will equip much of the car for police operations, and the agency will add the radio and radar equipment.

"We feel that Ford has provided the law enforcement community with another police vehicle suitable to handle the day to day rigors a police vehicle will endure.  Ford has been a proven performer for our agency and the service and support from Ford and our local dealers has been exceptional.

Comments (3)

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jim judson @ 9/13/2012 5:16 AM

great to see troopers getting Fords. A better patrol vehicle and made in Canada by a non tarp money company. I just wish is was made by non union americans. ret. NC Trooper.

T. Meeks @ 9/14/2012 7:06 AM

Jim Judson were you in a Police Union? What is your issue with Unions? Oh but I see you come from a right to work State where at the drop of a hat they can remove you from employment for any reason without cause. I have been a Union man for over 22 years and always had to deal and work with the ones who hated Unions until our employer fired or suspended them without cause, then the Union was the best thing since sliced bread!!! We have Unions because employers love to do thing to employees sometimes, because they can!!! Oh andd the Dodge Charger is a much better vehicle than the Ford!lol.. Ya all have a good day now lol... : )

John @ 9/15/2012 12:17 PM

Public safety unions have been known to aid in allowing deadwood to remain employed. This screws over both the public and other union members. Also maunfacturing union greed (along with government over regulation) has helped cause many jobs to be shipped overseas.

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