Saturday, May 26, 2012

California Highway Patrol (CHP) shifting to SUVs for patrol cruisers

Officials say they plan to start phasing in a 'Police Interceptor' version of the Ford Explorer this fall because traditional sedans available were too small. A third of the fleet is replaced each year.
When Ford announced it would stop making the Crown Victoria sedan, the California Highway Patrol and law enforcement agencies around the country were faced with replacing the iconic cop car.

Some agencies decided to go smaller with police versions of cars like the Chevy Caprice and Dodge Charger sedans.

But the CHP is heading in a different direction.

Officials said Friday that they plan to start phasing in a "Police Interceptor" version of the hulky Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle this fall.

The SUVs might be hard to miss on the freeway, but officials said they went with the Explorer because traditional sedans available were too small.

CHP Assistant Chief Erik Knudsen said the SUV best fit the agency's needs because it had enough payload capacity to accommodate several adults and all the radio gear and other equipment required.

"The utility is probably going to be our primary vehicle," Knudsen said of the Explorer. "The Crown Vic had a much higher payload capacity than all these new sedans coming out. Unfortunately the design of the new sedans is becoming smaller and lighter."

The Explorer Police Interceptor offers all-wheel drive and has a payload of 1,700 pounds, Knudsen said, adding that it also performs well at high speeds and in wet weather. It gets about 16 miles per gallon on city streets and 21 on the freeways, a little better than the Crown Victoria, according to Ford's website. (According to Car & Driver magazine, Chevy's new Caprice police package sedan gets an estimated 15-17 mpg in the city and 24-25 on the highway).

Knudsen said there are currently about 4,000 enforcement vehicles in the CHP's fleet. Roughly one-third of them are phased out each year at a cost of about $14 million to $15 million.

The CHP is reviewing both the SUV and a Police Interceptor sedan, also from Ford. But Knudsen said the agency is likely to purchase mainly SUVs because the sedan doesn't have enough capacity and cannot carry as much weight.

The Explorer police edition must pass speed, brake and other tests before the CHP purchases it, and Knudsen said it was unclear how much money would be available for the new vehicles. The plan is to start introducing them in October.

There will still be a slew of Crown Victorias on the road until those too are phased out in the coming years.

Knudsen said one of the advantages of the SUV is that it can perform on different terrains and could be a plus during bad weather.

"We're excited about testing it," he said. "It's a new generation of patrol cars for law enforcement."

"IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN!"

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw one of the new Ford Interceptor SUVs in Countryside. It was racing down Lagrange rd in pursuit of a #2 parker. Typical suburban BS. It had the brightest fricken lights I have ever seen.

Vice Cop said...

Shaved you owe me a new keyboard and a fresh cup of coffee.....

Anonymous said...

They reserve the 3 wheeler oversized mopeds for parking authority in most of the suburbs. Putting actual police in those will just entice the thugs to attack them, because it looks like a strong gust of wind would flip the vehicle...

Anonymous said...

These hollywood cops if give you a ticket and take you in on general principals if they find out you are chicago or nypd coppers,

Anonymous said...

Can we say rollover??

countryside po po said...

Some of you CPD clowns are so bitter. Always hating on suburban coppers for doing their mundane jobs for twice your pay. The real police my ass. Plenty of dogs on your department. Take your macho shit somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious!

Mac said...

You can put more rifles in an SUV

Anonymous said...

Countryside blows.

Aldo Raine

Anonymous said...

countryside po po said...

Some of you CPD clowns are so bitter. Always hating on suburban coppers for doing their mundane jobs for twice your pay. The real police my ass. Plenty of dogs on your department. Take your macho shit somewhere else.

May 26, 2012 2:14 PM
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Not everyone hates you and you don't make twice the money.

I am taller and weight over 220 and these damn Crown Vics are just too small. There is no leg room and with a duty belt on there is no room from side to side. It's also a pain in the ass for an adult over 35 to get up to get out of a car. The SUV's allow you to get out and unlike the car, slide out as opposed to getting up and out. It takes too long to get out of a Crown Vic because it's almost like getting off of the damn pavement. But I guess it's ok, the departments are hiring ever larger numbers of half pint females that could fit in a smart car.

I Voted For Obama said...

Ponch and John both voted for Obama.

I Voted For Obama said...

Ponch and John both voted for Obama.

Anonymous said...

.....countryside po po said...
Some of you CPD clowns are so bitter. Always hating on suburban coppers for doing their mundane jobs for twice your pay. The real police my ass. Plenty of dogs on your department. Take your macho shit somewhere else.

May 26, 2012 2:14 PM.....

Stay off a coppers blog and go back to sucking suburban merit ass ticket enforcement!

Gary Owen said...

Troopers could be no teller than 5'6" and 160 lbs to Join Custer's 7 th Calvery because it was too cruel om the horses!

Col. Custer was 6'00" and 190 lbs as were his relatives/officers who died with the 220 @ The little big horn .

I'm 6'04" and 285 lbs and my choice was a kids bicycle or 4deep in a pool car or a bus?

I never did bring that stolen wagon back but I hope everyone got the sandwiches soup and pop?

old School, it needed a new trans anyway?

Gary Owen said...

Abrams. and gun ships armored limos for patro!

NO MEDICAL SUCTION!

Signs!

POLICE OR FIREFIGHTERS CHECK IN HERE SCAN YOUR MEDICAL CHIP HER AND LAY DOWN NEXT TO THE TWO NURSES AND THE DOCTOR!!


ALL police or firefighters bypass billing but scan for your limo.

I Voted For Obama said...

Obama will never give up his limo.