At the Chicago Auto Show, Ford unveiled a new Police Interceptor Utility that will surely strike fear in the hearts of all criminals. Since 2012, law enforcement agencies have fallen in love with the utility version of the Interceptor for its versatility and capabilities.
“Our Police Interceptor Utility is the best-selling police vehicle in America because we have a unique relationship with our customers,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford North American marketing manager for Police Vehicles, in a statement. “By listening to the Ford Police Advisory Board, we have engineered a vehicle that officers love.”
In addition to new front and rear designs, the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility features new headlamps, a new instrument panel, an updated electrical system to better distribute electrical loads, and a remote liftgate release switch.
It will also come with the available Surveillance Mode, which monitors the rear of the vehicle and alerts the officer when someone is approaching from behind by locking the doors, rolling up the windows, and flashing the lights.
What do you think about the new Ford Police Interceptor Utility? Hopefully you don’t see it’s flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror anytime soon? Let us know at Highway Ford, in DeRidder, LA!
New Ford cop car technology will be added to the Ford Interceptor line.
Although police officers in the line of duty face incredibly difficult (and dangerous) tasks in keeping our cities safe, as public employees in a position of authority, there is a need for oversight and accountability. That’s why Ford has created a new system called Ford Telematics for Law Enforcement for its line of Police Interceptor patrol cars, trucks, and SUVs.
The technology streams live data about individual cruisers back to a police station or other hub where supervisors and police chiefs have access. The data transmitted includes everything from the obvious, like location and speed, to details such as when the sirens are being used or when the seatbelt is buckled. This data not only keeps track of officers’ actions and whereabouts, but also acts as a safety feature.
Ford Telematics for Law Enforcement “ought to protect officers as much as it protects the public,” said Ford spokesperson Chris Terry to Autoblog.
This system drastically reduces officer and police department liability, because all cars can be accounted for at all times. In addition, police officers are more likely to follow appropriate procedures.
“Working with Ford, we’re delivering a solution for training and visibility for police departments that will be a game changer for their safety programs,” said Greg Dziewit, vice president, OEM business at Telogis. “Combining exclusive Ford Interceptor vehicle data with the Telogis platform provides law enforcement agencies with unprecedented levels of intelligence about their fleet operations to drive safety, improve situational awareness during critical events and reduce overall costs.”
Here at Highway Ford, we think the new Ford cop car technology is a win-win, and a good step in restoring public confidence while providing real data that can serve as protection for our police officers.