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More Than Patrol Cars

Day in and day out, police officers face many different situations that require them to carry a variety of weapons and equipment. How they get to any particular location in their jurisdiction may also require a variety of transportation options.

Goodbye Durango

We say goodbye to the Dodge Durango. The Dodge Durango was a full-size SUV introduced in 1998 as a mid-size SUV. This was a replacement for the Ramcharger discontinued in 1993. The Durango was redesigned for 2004. The Durango, powered by 3.7L V-6, 4.7L V-8 and 5.7L V-8 engines has served law enforcement well in a wide variety of roles. In October, Chrysler Corp. announced that the shutdown of the Newark Assembly facility producing the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen would be the end of 2008, ending production of the Durango and Durango Hybrid for the 2009 model year.

Dodge Ram 1500

The all-new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 is an ideal vehicle for all forms of rural patrol with sheriff’s departments and county police, park rangers, DNR officers, animal control, beach patrol and border patrol. It’s available in Regular, Quad Cab® and Crew 1500 models in five trim packages. The Ram 1500 offers three full-size cargo beds: 8-foot; 6-foot, 4-inch and 5-foot, 7-inch. That means you can customize a Ram to your specific law enforcement needs.

Of particular interest are the Ram’s available engines: the 3.7L Magnum® V-6 with 215 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque; the 4.7L FlexFuel V-8 with 310 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque; and the new, more powerful 5.7L HEMI® V-8 with variable valve timing (VVT) and the fuel-saving Multiple Displacement System (MDS), which produces 390 horsepower and 407 lb-ft of torque while using less fuel.

The new Ram has a first-in-segment, five-link, coil spring rear suspension mated to a solid rear axle. The benefit of this coil spring suspension is improved ride quality, without sacrificing towing or payload. When equipped with the 5.7L HEMI V-8 engine, the Ram 1500 boasts a maximum gross combined weight rating of 14,000 pounds, with a maximum trailer weight rating of 9,100 pounds and a hefty payload of 1,900 pounds. Plus, you can opt for part-time or on-demand 4WD for added capability.

If you’re wondering about hauling gear and equipment, Ram’s interior offers up to 43 storage options, including first-in-segment, store-in-the-floor storage bins with removable liners. And in the all-new Dodge Ram Crew 1500, you’ll find 127 cubic feet of interior volume.

At the higher trim levels, the new Ram also offers the first-in-segment available RamBox™ cargo management system. It consists of two weatherproof, lockable, drainable, illuminated storage bins that run the length of the 5-foot, 7-inch pickup bed and offer 7.4 cubic feet of secure storage. This system also offers an adjustable bed divider / extender that fits on the lowered tailgate and adds almost 2 feet of length to secure loads up to 7 feet long, and a cargo rail system with four sliding, adjustable cleats.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Right-Hand Drive (RHD)

The 2009 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited RHD is perfect for parking lot, construction site, border patrol or any kind of open-lot security. Wrangler Unlimited RHD also offers generous interior volume as well as best-in-class approach / departure angles and ground clearance.

Wrangler Unlimited X RHD includes the Freedom-Top® three-piece modular hardtop, which provides all-season protection. It also features Command-Trac® with part-time four-wheel drive and a mid-mounted fuel tank, which complies with 50-mph rear impact and fuel system integrity requirements.

Perhaps Wrangler Unlimited RHD’s most impressive attributes are its built-in safety and security features. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) is standard, as are advanced multistage front airbags, which provide nearly instantaneous occupant protection by matching airbag output to crash severity.

Standard ABS includes an off-road calibration to provide more sustained wheel lockup on plowable surfaces like mud, sand and gravel than normal ABS for improved stopping performance. With this kind of driver and passenger protection, parking lots won’t be the only thing that’s safe and secure.

The Dodge Sprinter

The 2009 Dodge Sprinter is the most versatile commercial van on the market. It is available in three different body types—passenger, cargo and chassis cab—and in a choice of wheelbases and roof heights. It is upfit-friendly and an ideal vehicle for a wide variety of law enforcement needs. It's perfect for prisoner transport, mobile crime labs, SWAT teams or as a general service vehicle.

Dodge Sprinter can handle just about any type of equipment you have to carry. It offers up to 600 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Its maximum available payload exceeds 2 tons, and its maximum available GVWR is a very capable 11,030 pounds. The Dodge Sprinter gets the job done with a standard Mercedes 3.0-liter V-6 turbo diesel that can also help keep fuel costs in check.

To learn how these vehicles can serve your law enforcement needs, visit or call (800) 999-FLEET.

Published in Police Fleet Manager, Jan/Feb 2009

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