Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Overland Park Police Select New Patrol Cars

The Overland Park Police Department was forced to begin the process of looking at another model for its patrol fleet after Ford Motor Company announced last year that it was no longer producing the Crown Victoria.

After much consideration, the decision was made to go with Ford’s new Interceptor design based upon the Taurus model. Although we looked at several models and manufacturers, the Ford Interceptor was the best overall fit for the Overland Park Police Department.

Ford said the new cruiser will save taxpayers money because it gets 25 percent better fuel economy than the Crown Victoria, which gets 15 miles per gallon in the city and 23 on the highway.

Unlike the Crown Victoria, which has a 250-horsepower V-8 engine, the new Police Interceptor will have two V-6 options: a standard engine with 263 horsepower and one with EcoBoost technology that gets 363 horsepower. That will bring the Interceptor in the range of the Charger, whose 362-horsepower Hemi V-8 is now the most powerful in the class.