08/18/13 71 W, 3 I - + 3 - 1 The New Fords Are Here

These future Raleigh police cruisers are awaiting painting, lettering, and lighting gear. There's also a crop of Chargers coming, to join these Explorers. See this prior discussion and even prior discussion on the vehicles lately evaluated for city police use. Maybe one of our LEO readers can talk about the vehicles, and what added value an Explorer-sized vehicle brings to the table. Click to enlarge:

Any idea why RPD is allotted funds to paint brand new vehicles in their blue/white colors, whereas RFD never does that, and has a fleet of Chief and Admin vehicles that are either maroon or all white with no striping? Shouldn’t the FD get the same money to have white over red SUVs to match their other rigs? RPD probably spends a couple of 1,000 of $s for each vehicle, which would seem to make them harder to sell at the end of their RPD life.
C Wiley - 08/19/13 - 09:43

I’ll take a stab at an answer. Fire has never had two-toned passenger cars or SUVs (with possible one-off exception), and thus it’s doubtfully ever been a budgetary (or aesthetic) priority of theirs to make that happen. Police have had “blue and whites” for decades, however. Thus they’ve budgeted accordingly, and have persisted in that paint scheme for reasons that probably include tradition, branding, etc.
Legeros - 08/19/13 - 09:52

The Interceptor SUV is a good (purpose built) police vehicle from Ford.
Chargers…not so much; they’re fast and look cool though ;)
Joe Brady (Email) (Web Site) - 08/19/13 - 10:28

I can promise you, those cabbies that buy old police vehicles don’t care about their colors.
Duda (Email) - 08/19/13 - 12:25

The biggest thing the SUVs bring to the table is weight capacity. Pile on the light bars, radios, sirens, etc. Then add in the equipment (flares, fire ext, first aid kit, Patrol rifle, etc.) and a fully outfitted officer (weapon, cuffs, vest, radio, etc) and it doesn’t take long to exceed the GVW of a passenger car. Also, the SUV is a lot easier to get in and out of in a hurry.
George (Email) - 08/20/13 - 18:31

So wouldn’t the guys in RFD like to see the Batt Chiefs buggy match the other rigs?
C Wiley - 08/20/13 - 20:20

Actually I prefer to not see them at all!
Rescue Ranger - 08/20/13 - 22:10

RFD has much bigger issues than making their chief’s cars look pretty to match the fire engines.
FD - 08/21/13 - 13:23

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