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IACP 2013: LAPD's Next-Gen Ford Police Interceptors

IACP 2013: LAPD's Next-Gen Ford Police Interceptors

The Los Angeles Police Department has brought versions of Ford's Police Interceptor sedan and P.I. Utility to the IACP Conference in Philadelphia that showcase a high-tech, less-cluttered patrol car of the future.

October 21, 2013

Michigan 2014 Patrol Vehicle Testing Results Released
Michigan State Police To Test 2014 Patrol Vehicles

Michigan State Police To Test 2014 Patrol Vehicles

The Michigan State Police will test four new police motorcycles and Chrysler's new all-wheel drive Dodge Charger Pursuit this year among the 22 police vehicles evaluated for law enforcement purchasers.

July 3, 2013

Driving the New Patrol Cars

Driving the New Patrol Cars

The chance to get behind the wheel of the new patrol cars proved to be an opportunity I just couldn't pass up. So I'm passing along a few driving notes about the cars. I've never pursued a suspect through a blind alley or attempted a PIT Maneuver at high speeds, so take what I have to say with a grain of salt.

November 2, 2012

2013 Vehicle Tests: Michigan Vs. California

2013 Vehicle Tests: Michigan Vs. California

The Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department provided Police Magazine with preliminary results from the vehicle tests conducted in September and October of pursuit-rated patrol vehicles for the 2013 model year.

November 1, 2012

Michigan State Police To Test 2013 Patrol Vehicles
L.A. County Sheriff Tests 2012-13 Patrol Vehicles
Michigan State Police Test 2012 Patrol Cars

Michigan State Police Test 2012 Patrol Cars

A vehicle that can reach 150 mph certainly presents officer-safety concerns, yet officers may sleep more soundly knowing the capabilities these new vehicles bring to the table.

September 26, 2011

Beyond the Crown Vic: MSP Tests 19 Vehicles for 2012

Beyond the Crown Vic: MSP Tests 19 Vehicles for 2012

For the first time in two decades, Ford's mainstay Crown Vic Police Interceptor will be absent from the track, when the Michigan State Police commence their annual test of law enforcement vehicles in September.

August 12, 2011

How Is Your Agency Choosing Its New Patrol Car?

How Is Your Agency Choosing Its New Patrol Car?

Our compatriots at Government Fleet (a sister publication of POLICE) asked fleet managers how they're choosing their new pursuit vehicle, and published their responses at the Anonymous Public Fleet Manager blog. While the responses shouldn't be taken as a scientific survey, the anecdotal answers do shed light on the decision-making process.

June 29, 2011

Police EVOC Trainers Give Driving Notes on the 2011 Patrol Cars

Police EVOC Trainers Give Driving Notes on the 2011 Patrol Cars

Drivers from the Los Angeles Sheriff's annual vehicle testing provided driving notes, which are concise observations that read like a Zagat restaurant review entry, as one element of their evaluation of the performance and safety features of the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV, 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit, and 2012 Ford Police Interceptor sedan.

April 25, 2011

Should Patrol Cars Be More Fuel Efficient?

Should Patrol Cars Be More Fuel Efficient?

Without releasing specific mpg ratings for its new patrol vehicles, the company announced the sedan would offer a 20% improvement on fuel usage over the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

March 31, 2011

L.A. County Sheriff Tests 2011-12 Patrol Vehicles

L.A. County Sheriff Tests 2011-12 Patrol Vehicles

The same vehicles tested in Michigan — new entries included Ford's 2012 Police Interceptors, Chevrolet's 2011 Caprice PPV, and Kawasaki's Concours 14P motorcycle — arrived in Fontana along with two rear-axle ratio 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit cars, Honda's ST1300 motorcycle, and an alt-fuel conversion Ford Crown Vic.

November 18, 2010

Ford PI Batmobile Inspired by Stealth Aircraft

Ford PI Batmobile Inspired by Stealth Aircraft

Ford produced the "sleek, streamlined and slightly sinister" concept version to debut at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) trade show, which runs from Tuesday to Friday.

November 1, 2010

Chevrolet Aims to 'Flip' Ford's Patrol Car Dominance

Chevrolet Aims to 'Flip' Ford's Patrol Car Dominance

To achieve its lofty goals, the Detroit automaker has been taking steps to expose officers and law enforcement fleet buyers to the vehicle by issuing preview vehicles to agencies, hosting Ride-n-Drive events and gleaning feedback from its police advisory board.

October 25, 2010