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L.A. County Sheriff Completes Police Vehicle Tests

December 5, 2013
This year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department evaluated 21 pursuit-rated vehicles — nine sedans, nine motorcycles, and three SUVs — in various categories including acceleration, dynamic handling, braking, and ergonomics.

Chrysler Updates 2014 Dodge Durango for Police

October 23, 2013
The 2014 Dodge Durango Special Service SUV comes with various improvements and updates from the prior model-year, the most significant of which is a standard eight-speed transmission that Chrysler says will deliver up to a 15% improvement in fuel economy.

Vintage Patrol: 1962 Chrysler Newport

September 27, 2013
The Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department issued 1962 Chrysler Newport sedans that offered deputies a 5.9-liter, V-8 (361 CID) rear-wheel powertrain with push button transmission. The engine was rated at 265 hp.

Security, Performance Features Added to 2014 Charger Pursuit

September 4, 2013
Chrysler announced several upgrades for its now available 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit sedan, including high-performance brakes and several new police-specific security systems.

Classic Chrysler Patrol Cars

June 13, 2013

Chrysler has been producing Plymouth or Dodge patrol cars since the early 1930s, and for many of those early years Plymouth turned out some special cars for police work. The earliest came when the Washington State Patrol began using a 1932 Plymouth 1932 PB coupe, according to AllPar.com. Chrysler offered its first police package on 1956 Dodge Coronets. The 1970s brought the era of Mopar squads.

Video: Seattle Cop Patrols In Vintage Cruiser

April 26, 2013
Veteran Seattle Police Officer Jim Ritter responds to calls downtown not in a Crown Vic or any of the new wave of patrol cars. He prefers a restored 1970 Plymouth Satellite.

Seattle PD's Vintage Patrol Car

April 26, 2013

Veteran Seattle PD Officer Jim Ritter responds to calls not with a modern patrol car but with a restored 1970 Plymouth Satellite cruiser. Read the full story here.

Ill. Agency's Dodge Dart Serves Community Relations

February 20, 2013
A 2013 Dodge Dart, which was built at Chrysler's Belvidere plant and donated to the agency, has been primarily used for community relations duties such as civic ceremonies, parades, city gatherings, a county fair, and other public events.

Gamber-Johnson Introduces Dodge Durango Console

October 19, 2012
Gamber-Johnson has introduced a vehicle-specific console box designed specifically for the 2012-2013 Dodge Durango SSV.

Historic NYPD Patrol Cars

April 2, 2012

The NYPD began using horse-drawn police wagons in the later part of the 19th Century to move police forces from place to place. Motorized wagons came into use later, and it wasn't until the 1920s and 30s that the department began regularly using motorized patrol cars. Plymouth two-door radio cars were the standard in the late 1930s and 1940s. By the 1970s, the Plymouth Fury was the mainstay. Black-and-white photos courtesy of the New York City Police Museum.

Chrysler Offers Dodge Durango Special Service for Police

March 19, 2012
Chrysler began offering its Dodge Durango Special Serivce SUV to law enforcement agencies, following through on a prototype the automaker brought to Michigan State Police vehicle testing in September. The automaker has begun taking orders and expects to deliver vehicles to agencies by July 1.

Chrysler Introduces Dodge Ram Police Truck for 2012

November 8, 2011
Chrysler will begin offering a special-service version of its 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab for police, fire or other emergency responders this month, the automaker announced. The police version of the four-wheel-drive Ram features 100,000-mile sparkplugs and a larger oil cooler to protect the engine during the unforgiving stop-and-go operations.

Dodge Considers Durango, Ram for Officers

September 20, 2011
Chrysler may produce law enforcement versions of its Dodge Durango and Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 if the automaker determines there's a market for the vehicles, company executives told POLICE Magazine.

Vintage Patrol: 1968 Dodge Coronet

May 11, 2011

Ted Saraf's strong memories of his rolling office as a young officer with the Pasadena (Calif.) Police Department led him to Texas in 2008 to find and restore the object of his affection—a 1968 Dodge Coronet. Saraf purchased the vehicle via eBay, and set out to lovingly restore it to how he remembered it during its service days in the late 1960s and '70s. Saraf brought the vehicle to the 2011 Police Fleet Expo to show attendees his finished work.

Dodge Challenger Patrol Car

December 11, 2009

A Texas Chrysler dealer is offering a powerhouse law enforcement version of the re-introduced Dodge Challenger muscle car that can reach 165 mph. The vehicle is available with a variety of custom options and is currently being used by several Texas agencies as a highway car for drug interdiction duty in solid black. We've blogged about the Challenger. Now, take a more in-depth tour with this gallery. Photos courtesy of Group 1 Automotive.

Texas Dealer Offers 400hp Dodge Challenger Patrol Car

December 7, 2009
One enterprising Chrysler dealer in Dallas is offering a custom "special service" version of the re-introduced Dodge Challenger muscle car for patrol that should put Texas-sized fear into the hearts and minds of traffic violators.

Patrol Cars: Class of 2006

May 1, 2006

Yes, I've seen a lot of police cars over the years, but I don't think I've ever seen a better-looking crop of patrol cars than the class of 2006. Each one of these cars has great lines. They look both modern and a bit retro. And they have plenty of engine to get the job done.

Ready for Duty

April 1, 2005

Police vehicles serve many functions. They are symbols of law and order that help deter motorists from speeding and other people from committing serious offenses. They’re also rolling offices for sworn personnel, equipment haulers, and prisoner transportation systems. The list of all the tasks required of police vehicles could go on for a long time.

Beating the Power Crunch

December 1, 2002

Electrical demands are a major concern with law enforcement vehicles. This was true with early police vehicles when lighting, electro-mechanical "growler" sirens, and two-way radios severely taxed automotive electrical systems, and it's true today when high-tech lightbars, mobile data terminals, video cameras, and other power-hungry gadgets have become standard equipment.

Performance Review--Road Testing the 2002 Cop Cars

February 2, 2002

No one other than a patrol officer is better able to understand the vital role of a police vehicle in today's law enforcement. The wrong vehicle can affect officer morale, reduce efficiency and increase a department's operating costs appreciably.

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