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75-MPH Rear-Impact Crash Tested*

Ford Police Interceptors are the only vehicles in the world engineered to meet this test.* In addition, the SPACE (Side Protection And Cabin Enhancement) Architecture,®  with structural reinforcement, works to protect officers on the job.
*The full-size spare tire secured in the factory location is necessary to achieve police-rated 75-mph rear-impact crash-test performance attributes.
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Door of police interceptor utility

Available Level IV+ Ballistic Door Panels

Tested and meets the requirements of NIJ Standard 0108.01 Level IV:

  • .30-06 M2 AP 166 gr. (7.62 x 63 APM2 10.8 g)

Per LAPD requirements, they’re also designed to withstand special threat rounds:

  • 7.62 x 54R LPS 9.65 g
  • 7.62 x 51 mm M61 9.75 g (.308 Winchester 150.5 gr.)

In addition, Level IV includes all of the NIJ Level III and LAPD rounds listed in Level III.

Ballistic door panel

Available Level III+ Ballistic Door Panels

Tested and meets the requirements of NIJ Standard 0108.01 Level III+:

  • 7.62 x 51 mm 9.7 g M80 (.308 Winchester 150 gr.)

Per LAPD requirements, they’re also designed to withstand special threat rounds: 

  • 7.62 x 39 mm MSC 7.9 g (Type 56)
  • 5.56 x 45 mm M193 3.36 g
  • 5.56 x 45 mm M855 4 g
Interior view of police interceptor utility drivers side door

Available Level IIIA Ballistic Door Panels

Tested and meets the requirements of NIJ Standard 0101.06 Level IIIA:

  • Type IIIA (.357 SIG; .44 Magnum) Type IIIA armor that is new and unworn shall be tested with .357 SIG FMJ Flat Nose (FN) bullets with a specified mass of 8.1 g (125 gr.) and a velocity of 448 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1470 ft/s ± 30 ft/s) and with .44 Magnum Semi Jacketed Hollow Point (SJHP) bullets with a specified mass of 15.6 g (240 gr.) and a velocity of 436 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (1430 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).
  • Type IIIA armor that has been conditioned shall be tested with .357 SIG FMJ FN bullets with a specified mass of 8.1 g (125 gr.) and a velocity of 430 m/s ± 9.1 m/s.

Structural Integrity

Advanced safety technology helps absorb the energy of a collision and to direct the impact forces away from the occupants. Additionally, crumple zones are strategically placed in the frame or body of the vehicle, further absorbing and dissipating the energy of a crash to reduce intrusion into the occupant compartment.
 
 
Safety cage of the police interceptor utility

Personal Safety System

The standard Personal Safety System employs a network of sophisticated sensors that controls the operation of the vehicle’s airbags* and front safety belts. It assesses the size of the occupant in the passenger seat, determining what airbags to deploy during a collision. Sensors are also programmed specifically to distinguish between rounds being fired from a gun and the impact of a collision, to prevent inadvertent deployment during a firefight.
*Always wear your safety belt and secure children in the rear seat.
Interior cabin of the police responder hybrid sedan
Ford police interceptor airbags deployed

Safety Canopy® System

The standard Ford Safety Canopy System deploys side-curtain airbags for outside passenger head protection in the event of a rollover accident. They are designed to inflate between an occupant’s head and the side window, even when an occupant’s head is leaning toward the window.
Close up of a seat airbag tag

Side Airbags

Standard side airbags are mounted in the upper outside edge of the front driver and passenger seat backs.
   


Disclaimers

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.