Like the officers who drive them, Ford police vehicles are specialized to meet the needs of the communities they serve – providing law-enforcement agencies of all stripes with the ideal tools to get the job done.
Ford introduced the first-ever police package in 1950. Over the following decades, we’ve worked alongside law enforcement agencies with a purpose-built philosophy that continues today. Every vehicle is built with what we call the Ford Police DNA – safety, durability, performance, purpose built and upfit friendly.
Ford becomes the first manufacturer to offer a Police Package vehicle. The focus then, as it is now, was on safety, durability, performance and the attributes of being purpose-built and upfit friendly.
First official use of the Ford “Interceptor” name on the optional 110-hp flathead V8 engine.
The new Ford “Y-block” Interceptor V8 engine is rated at 160 hp.
The police-exclusive 303-hp “361 Special V8 Police Interceptor” becomes part of a 6-engine, 4-transmission lineup.
Ford Division study finds 58 percent of police vehicles in use in the 50 largest cities in the U.S. are Ford models.
A new emphasis is placed on “total performance” – achieving the best overall benchmarks in driving dynamics such as acceleration, braking and cornering.
The first Ford sport utility vehicle for law enforcement use is introduced – as well as the first 4x4 – with the launch of the Ford Bronco Special Purpose Vehicle.
The heavy-duty Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission becomes standard on all Ford police cars.
Mustang patrol model introduced. California Highway Patrol purchases 400.
The full-size Ford sedan is now named the “LTD Crown Victoria”. Police Package vehicles can be ordered with an optional 351 cubic inch 5.8L HO V8.
As a prelude to the Police Interceptor®
Utility, the Ford Explorer is first offered with a special service package for law enforcement.
Ford Police Interceptors are the preferred choice of municipalities, dominating the sales of all police pursuit vehicles in the U.S. and Canada.
Ford is the first manufacturer to offer factory-installed ballistic door panels, mounted inside the door.
The Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is the first vehicle worldwide tested to meet the 75-mph rear- impact crash test. Today’s Ford Police Interceptors remain the only vehicles in the world tested to this demanding standard.
The Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is retired from service, as Ford introduces the next-generation Police Interceptors – offering power and performance with V6 engines and standard full-time Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.
Ford adds the mighty 3.5L EcoBoost®
to the Police Interceptor lineup, which outperforms V8-powered offerings from other manufacturers in independent testing by the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Ford produces its 100,000th next-generation Police Interceptor – the new Police Interceptor Utility.
Ford is the first manufacturer to offer Level IV+ ballistic panels, mounted inside the door, rated to protect against armor-piercing rounds.
Ford reveals the first-ever pursuit-rated Hybrid, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, and the first-ever pursuit-rated pickup truck, the F-150 Police Responder.
Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility continue to be America’s best-selling police vehicles.
Ford reveals the all-new 2020 Police Interceptor Utility, with standard hybrid and full-time Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. In independent testing by the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the 3.0L EcoBoost outperforms all other vehicles, including V8-powered sedans. Meanwhile, the Hybrid outperforms the remaining utility vehicles, including V8-powered utilities.
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Non-original equipment can adversely impact vehicle crash performance. For example, push-bars could adversely affect airbag deployment in frontal impacts and prisoner barricades could result in head and neck trauma in high-speed rear impacts. Due to the variability of equipment installed, based on individual law-enforcement agency requirements, Ford does not test aftermarket equipment for functionality with Ford components. Law enforcement must balance needs for function and other officer safety concerns when equipping police vehicles with non-original equipment.
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