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New Vehicles for the Hightstown Police Department

The Hightstown Police Department welcomed three new Ford Interceptors to the fleet on Tuesday

The Hightstown Police Department obtained three 2013 Ford Police Interceptors Tuesday, updating an aging fleet of police vehicles. 

According to Police Director James Le Tellier, one Interceptor replaces a 2001 police vehicle that is no longer in commission, while two more are additions to a fleet of 2001 and 2008 Crown Victorias.

When comparing vechicles, Le Tellier said the department considered the Chevy Caprice with a Corvette engine and the Dodge Challenger with a Hemi engine.

However, with a V-6 engine and a 6-speed transmission all wheel drive, he felt the overall design and handling, including acceleration and deceleration, of the Ford Interceptors were far superior to the others.

“These cars are designed from the ground up as police cars,” Le Tellier said.

Like the Crown Victoria Police cars the department currently uses, the new Police Interceptors meet a 70 mph rear impact test, Le Tellier said.

Additionally, he said the all-wheel-drive system offers better handling and stability, especially in snow.

According to Le Tellier, during 10-hour shifts of police duty, police vehicles idle for approximately 6.7 hours of the duration. He believes Ford has made significant improvements on idle consumption.

The latest Taurus Interceptor will also use 35 percent less fuel at idle thanks to its smaller displacement 3.5 liter V6 engine, and overall fuel consumption is 25 percent better then the Crown Victoria patrol cars, Le Tellier said.

The vehicles were purchased on a multi year lease/buy option to keep cost down, he said. This allows the department to utilize three vehicles now and pay for a car per year, purchasing the vehicles at the end of each lease for $1.   

 

R.M. Mastriano December 15, 2012 at 02:16 AM
This is interesting...the Bench Mark Michigan State Police testing as covered in Motor Trend, rated the Dodge Charger with either the 3.6 liter V6 or the 5.7 liter Hemi as superior to both the Ford and Chevy. The 5.7 liter Hemi also has AWD available.
Just Saying December 15, 2012 at 03:42 AM
This is nice. But it sounds like overkill for a borough that is just 1 square mile. They should have bought 2 Segways and a Prius and saved some money.
B December 18, 2012 at 02:29 PM
The new Taurus Interceptor package I believe is based on the SHO platform which is a Twin Turbo 3.5 liter V6 that puts out 365 HP. This falls right in the middle between the Dodge Charge V6 and the Hemi. Being a car guy I would always opt for the heavy handed Hemi option however I think the Taurus is a good compromise. You have to look at this option in a couple different ways. 365 HP may seem like overkill for catching moms in minivans doing 31 MPH down South Main St. But I think we can all agree that if we have a problem at our own houses we would want them to get there as fast as those 365 horses will take them.
JustTheFactsMaam January 18, 2013 at 02:01 AM
The most recent MSP test has the Ecoboost Interceptor as the fastest average lap and fastest 0-60 than the Charger 5.7 with either axle ratio, but there's a lot more to a good police car than being fast and quick. Pretty sure HIghtstown's are the 3.5L NA V6 which has 288 hp with 0-60's closer to 8 seconds so there are some minivans that are able to beat that (the Sienna comes to mind) haha
Thomas April 19, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Even if this is such a small area, I do not think that this is overkill – to buy these Police Interceptors, however, I thought that they should have spent their money wisely and bought more Ford Crown cars instead. Also, I recently read somewhere that car parts for these Police Interceptors could be expensive, thus, rendering it to be slightly higher to maintain. I have been doing some research on the types of police cars in order to see if we could fix an exclusive dealership with our town police and have seen that from the Chevys to the Fords and even the Studebakers, maintaining such could be costly. - http://www.carid.com

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