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3 year turn around.... we have about a decade turn around.... yikes.
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Down here in NC you can see a shift... NCSHP is still mostly CVs, but I think something like each district, has a least one charger.. plus a few camaros & one or two Tahoes... Local & SOs are shifting to the charger as well..
Thought you guys might like to know that here in Sussex (UK) our police have switched to high end Mercs and BMW's...
The offical line is better resale prices, and less down time.
They use to have hot 4x4 subarus for the Traffic Police, only problem was they were doing 4 tanks of gas a day (remember gas is around $1.70 a litre here, 4 litres of so to the gallon, so about $8 a gallon)
They also have the VW RS32 Golf unmarked for the Motorway (freeway)
Our police are really into entrapment, they have unmarked BMW 1 series, Merc Estate, and Ford Focus
Tint Bob (UK)
I think "entrapment" may have different connotations in the USA and UK.
For that matter, within the USA, "entrapment" has very different meanings, depending upon one's POV.
Looks like our "Boys (And Girls)In Blue" are going to be driving Chargers soon too.
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In my former home town in MA, the LEO's drove Ford Explorers. We had a lot of snow and winding New England roads, so they had to. Down here in FL its the Dodge Charger all the way. It seems to be the police car in most places. I spent some time in SC, just outside of Charleston and the local PD used Chargers there as well.
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Attention to all Ford stock holders. Sell, Sell, Sell. The Federal Fleet Contract will expire this year, 2010. The Federal Government will be shopping for a fleet replacement. Dodge is in the running with the popularity of the new Charger. Carbon Motors is new technology and innovative. Ford is committed to the Crown Vic Police Interceptor CVPI, but there are a couple of other options available. Carbon Motors cars are very expensive, so my bet is Dodge Chargers or Ford CVPI's.
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Our department changes vehicles out every 18 months. With all the gear they keep putting in our trunks soon we will have to go with something like this...
Colt New Agent, Dan Wesson V-Bob, Glock 19,20SF, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30SF, 36, Kahr P380 w/CT, PM9, PM45, CW9(SOLD), Kel-Tec P32, P3AT, PF9(SOLD), Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II, Stainless Pro TLE/RL II (SOLD), Rohrbaugh R9s, Ruger LCP w/CT, LCR, SP101 S&W J-Frame 638 w/CT, M&P 340 w/CT, Walther PPK/S
I'd take the HEMI Magnum. Like I said earlier, trunk space is a big concern with the Charger.
I know plenty of officers who choose to drive old CVPIs because they can't fit their sniper rifles in the trunk of the Charger.
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The problem with the E7 is it is so police specific, it could not be resold. The question is longevity... I have family and many friends in LE - I've seen the abuse those P71's take... even if the E7 gets 150k on them (which seems like a big if), that's nothing if the car has to be sent to the crusher afterwards.
Big mistake on Ford's part, IMO. Don't mess with what works.
The only other municipal use vehicle I can remember that was such a huge success was the Plymouth Fury. What a car! No idea what happened to Chrysler along the way, but every LEO I've spoken to with a Charger hates them.