By Police Fleet Manager Staff
By Brad Brewer
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Feb 11, 2015 | CHICAGO
New Ford Police Interceptor Debuts at Chicago Auto Show, Sets Its Sights on Innovation, Continued Sales Leadership
CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2015 – Ford will unveil the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show this Thursday, kicking off a new chapter for the utility that has changed the face of law enforcement.
Since its introduction in 2012, Police Interceptor Utility quickly became America’s best-selling police vehicle, helping Ford capture 55 percent of the U.S. law enforcement vehicle market.
The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility was developed with input from the Ford Police Advisory Board to handle the extreme rigors of police duty. In the business of fighting crime, performance and durability are king. Ford Police Interceptor Utility is the only Pursuit Rated midsize utility vehicle; Ford’s utility and sedan versions are the only Pursuit Rated vehicles with standard all-wheel drive.“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.“By listening to the Ford Police Advisory Board, we have engineered a vehicle that officers love.”
To create the most innovative law enforcement vehicles, Ford listened to the experts.
The Police Advisory Board was created by Ford to refine and develop future products that meet the needs of law enforcement agencies. The board, created in 2000, consists of a rotating panel of 25 experts from the law enforcement community. The group has supplied Ford with customer feedback and served as a pilot group for products, programs and services.
The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility features a new front and rear design, new headlamps, a new instrument panel and an enhanced electrical system to distribute electrical loads more efficiently.
Available Surveillance Mode technology warns the driver when someone approaches the rear of the vehicle. Upon detection, the driver’s window automatically raises and all doors lock. Ford is the first manufacturer to bring this innovative feature to market.
As a direct response to customer feedback, Ford added a liftgate release switch, accessible to occupants in the front. It allows the rear liftgate mechanism to remain unlocked for 45 seconds before timing out, permitting officers to access the cargo area.
A rear camera with washer is standard for the 2016 model with a 4-inch screen in the center stack. As an option, the view from the camera can be seen in the rearview mirror.
Ford Police Interceptor Utility comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 producing 304 horsepower and 279 lb.-ft. of torque, while an available 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 makes 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing agencies to select the engine that best meets their patrol requirements. Police Interceptor Utility’s standard all-wheel drive is designed to deliver low-speed traction and high-speed handling and stability.
“From the heavy-duty suspension and powertrain offerings, to the unique steering and transmission calibrations, Ford Police Interceptor Utility is built to provide any law enforcement agency a vehicle ready to meet extremely demanding needs,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer for the new Police Interceptor Utility.
Both engines have been calibrated to meet extreme test requirements defined by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Tests include aggressive driving on road courses and racetracks, braking and acceleration, top speed and city pursuit testing.
In both Police Interceptor models, the standard six-speed transmission features a unique Pursuit Mode specifically programmed for law enforcement use. The transmission automatically switches from normal, fuel-saving operation to Pursuit Mode when it detects aggressive driving situations, based on brake line pressure, deceleration and lateral acceleration rates.
Once in Pursuit Mode, the upshift and downshift performance of the transmission is optimized for aggressive driving, returning to fuel-save mode when it senses the aggressive driving is complete. The software is tuned to perform a reverse J-turn, which is when a reversing vehicle is spun 180 degrees and continues, face forward, without changing direction of travel.
In addition to unique cooling systems designed for extreme use, Police Interceptor also features custom-developed brakes designed to withstand excessive use. The 18-inch steel wheels have high venting characteristics to help cool the brakes.
The vehicle has been designed to stand up to the demands of police work, with heavy-duty powertrain mounts, reinforced subframe mounts and unique hubs and bearings. Larger-diameter springs are used in the suspension. The upgrades help ensure every Police Interceptor model can handle the extreme rigors of law enforcement work. Even the tires are specifically designed to meet durability and pursuit standards, with some departments logging as many as 50,000 miles per year.
The unibody structure of Police Interceptor Utility features boron steel in the A-pillar and a hydroformed, high-strength steel tube that runs the width of the vehicle to improve structural rigidity. Interior and exterior dimensions remain the same for the 2016 model.
Designed in Dearborn, built in Chicago
Police Interceptor Utility and Police Interceptor Sedan are sold in more than 80 markets around the world, but built in the heartland of America, at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant. Once initial work is completed at Chicago Assembly Plant, the vehicles are transported less than a mile away to Troy Design and Manufacturing to be upfitted with law enforcement equipment.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Ford, Troy Design and Manufacturing operates out of a 54,000-square-foot facility, where approximately 200 workers bring Police Interceptor vehicles to life. Law enforcement agencies can select from 125 packages, which include a variety of lighting options, wraps and styles. Last year, an estimated 269,000 police-duty accessories were installed on 36,000 vehicles before shipping to police departments across the globe.
One of the most important and recognizable features of Police Interceptor are the lights. The 2016 Police Interceptor Utility allows agencies to choose from up to 25 different patterns. The lights are now better integrated into the new front and rear fascia, allowing for a more seamless design and a stealthier look for patrol duty.
In a nod to police vehicle nostalgia, Ford added a blinking white function called “wig-wag” to the incandescent high-beam light bulbs.
Other key technologies available on Ford Police Interceptor Utility:
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http:// corporate.ford.com.
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — The U.S. Navy celebrates its 239th anniversary in a couple days and gave itself a very big gift Saturday, wrapped in red, white and blue.
At a ceremony on the San Francisco waterfront Saturday morning, an 844-foot-long amphibious assault vessel took her official place as the Navy’s newest member, the USS America.
She’s a symbol of American maritime strength.
“I think it means we are ready to stand up for what we stand for — and we’re prepared to back it up,” Edward Stetson, who came from Stockton to attend the event, told KPIX 5.
The USS America is the fourth ship to bear the name ‘America’ since the nation’s founding.
Although steeped in history, the new ship is also very much a 21st-Century war machine. She’s also a hybrid and, at slower speeds, can run on electric power, can carry two thousand Marines and has a complete onboard hospital.
After nearly five years’ work, ship builder George Jones likes seeing the crew aboard the vessel for the first time.
“It goes from being a project of raw steel and pipe to the crew on board. It becomes a floating city. They live on it and they serve our country on it, so to see that at the end is really the best part,” Jones told us.
By the end of the decade, the Navy is set to commission 32 more ships. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told us the country is rebuilding the nation’s naval power.
“It will provide the presence that America has to have for our defense and our protection,” he said.
The USS America was built in Mississippi, where about 3,000 people worked for nearly five years to finish the ship. When she leaves San Francisco after Fleet Week she’ll be based in San Diego.
When you see folks pulled over for speeding or other moving violations, what kind of car are they driving? Does it seem as if some makes and models get ticketed more often than others?
If you answered "yes" to that second question, you're not seeing things. According to Insurance.com, some cars appear to be ticket magnets.
The company analyzed data from over 550,000 applications for insurance quotes. In the process, it noted which owners reported having moving violations on their driving records and which of 526 car models they drove. On the whole, 19.9 percent of motorists reported having a recent traffic ticket, but drivers of some cars scored much higher.
Owners of the Subaru WRX have the dubious honor of earning the most tickets, on average: 33.6 percent of them reported having a recent violation.
That's not just a useful tidbit of information; it can have a huge impact on insurance rates. A WRX owner with no infractions might pay an annual premium of $2,618 to $4,182, depending on where s/he lives. Add one speeding ticket to the mix, and that figure can skyrocket to $3,610 to $5,248.
Here's the list of the top ten most-ticketed cars and the percentage of owners with recent violations on their records:
1. Subaru WRX: 33.6%
2. Pontiac GTO: 32.7%
3. Scion FR-S: 32.6%
4. Toyota Supra: 30.8%
5. Subaru Tribeca: 29.7%
6. Volkswagen Rabbit: 29.6%
7. Mercury Topaz: 28.8%*
8. Scion tC: 28.8%
9. Toyota FJ Cruiser: 28.4%
10. Mazda Mazda2: 28.1%
Of course, the study raises as many question as it answers. For example, does the Subaru WRX get more tickets because it attracts reckless and/or youthful, inexperienced drivers? Or are cops more prone to keep an eye on (and pull over) WRX drivers than, say, drivers of the Porsche Cayman (which ranks #512 out of #526)?
That said, the data is out there, and insurance companies may consider it when calculating your rate, even if you don't have a ticket yourself. If you're planning to buy a new or used car, why not see how your favorite model stacks up? It could save you -- or cost you -- down the line.
* We're as shocked as you are.
The men in blue will turn pink in October in their effort to call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
One of the Leesburg Police Department’s black and white vehicles will roll out today with a new hot pink design. Leesburg Police Chief Rob Hicks, who recently took the reins of the department and whose wife is a cancer survivor, called it a “horrible disease” that affects many lives in the community.
“As police officers, our No. 1 goal is to save lives and protect people. This awareness campaign is right in line with our core values,” Hicks said.
Hicks added officers will use the vehicle on patrol throughout the month and also appear with the car at special events.
According to a press release from the city, the police motto “Serve and Protect” was replaced with “Prevent and Detect” to encourage breast exams and other preventative care to fight cancer. The new decal will be displayed throughout October and will be removed at the end of the month.
Leesburg-based Hunter Signs — a business that specializes in vehicle artwork and other customizations — donated all the materials and services to decorate the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit cruiser for the department.
“I enjoy helping the police department, and this is a really good cause,” Hunter Signs owner Justin Hunter said in the release. “I am happy to be part of it.”
The Leesburg Police Department also is permitting officers to show support by wearing small pink ribbons, bracelets or pink undershirts.
Groveland residents will start seeing something fuzzy with their police department starting Wednesday, too. In an agency where only mustaches have been allowed, Police Chief Melvin “Smitty” Tennyson is allowing patrol officers to have beards for six months starting Wednesday in exchange for a $50 donation that will go to Pink Heals of St. Johns, a nonprofit organization tied directly to assisting cancer patients.
Like the mustaches, the beards can’t be dyed and must remain neat and trimmed to help maintain a professional appearance.
“This is something that is very dear to our chief’s heart,” said Groveland police spokesman Lt. Scott Penvose, who added it may take him the full six months to grow a beard.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is hoping residents can help turn the county pink by purchasing “Lock it (breast cancer) up for Life” T-shirts they are selling to support We Care of Lake County. Those interested in the T-shirts can call 352-516-4022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is selling chicken dinners in front of the City Hall in Bushnell from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday to benefit the expenses incurred by former deputy Angie Wilkinson who recently developed cancer, as well as for a second deputy, Toby Lockwood, whose wife is facing major medical bills.
“We believe this is a good cause,” said Lt. Bobby Caruthers, a spokesman for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
Some Lake County firefighters will start hitting the streets in October with a bright pink fire truck at various charity events. The truck also will visit the Chick-fil-A businesses in Lady Lake and Mount Dora most Fridays for lunch, where cancer survivors and their families can sign the vehicle.
Lake County commissioners and the county’s Public Safety Department donated the retired vehicle to the Lake County Firefighters Charity, a nonprofit established by the Professional Firefighters of Lake County Local 3990 to help support and bring awareness to breast cancer.
Last year the vehicle was part of the National Pink Heals Tour of pink fire trucks.
“People thought it was so cool,” said Lt. Brian Gamble, vice president of Professional Firefighters of Lake County Local 3990.
A schedule of the truck’s appearances can be found at www.lakefirefightercharity.org.
It's a natural extension of Segway's Patroller product line — an ideal match for missions that require a larger vehicle, which displays a more visible and obvious security presence (even in a parked position without a rider aboard), or that require a rider to frequently mount and dismount the vehicle during a patrol.
Powered by multiple rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries that can be charged at any standard electrical outlet or swapped out for replacement batteries to allow for continuous use, the SE-3 Patroller also features independent direct rear wheel drive, travels in reverse and turns in a very tight radius.
The SE-3 boasts rugged Whelen® emergency lights, a headlight, brake light, siren and lockable storage, as well as a 4.3" color display that is sunlight-readable, which provides the rider easy-to-understand operational data including speed, battery life and distance travelled.
Segway quality — now also on three wheels.