The Hapeville Police Department has been patrolling predominately in Ford Crown Victorias for two decades. However, with Ford discontinuing the Crown Victoria model in 2011, the department was forced to look at other options.
Of course we looked at Ford's new Police Interceptor. The vehicle is smaller than its predecessor which leaves larger officers less comfortable. Not a good option given the department's 12 hour shifts... Then we looked at the Chevrolet Caprice. It was a nice option. It seemed to have the interior space and nice performance with respectable fuel economy. However, the cost was more than the other options considered.
Finally, we took another look at the Dodge Charger, an option that we shied away from in the past due to some mechanical problems that other agencies were reporting from some previous models. This year however, Dodge is reporting that they have corrected all of the reported issues in the new 2013 model. With the Hemi engine, performance of the new Charger is second to none. This vehicle boasts plenty of power upon acceleration and respectable fuel economy while patrolling at slower speeds, a perfect combination for police operations!
After considering all the options, we decided to select the 2013 Dodge Charger and ordered three. The vehicles are here and patrolling the streets of Hapeville. Shown in the upper right is one of the new fleet vehicles.