From the Cop side: I just heard the sad news the other day. It was very sad news. Yeah, I know if you work in police work as long as I did you are going to hear a lot of bad news. But to fully understand the magnitude of this loss you have to go back in time and see why I feel this way. The loss I’m talking about is that Ford Motor Company has announced that they are going to stop make the Crown Victoria Police car.
Yeah, I know they’ve said that a few times in the past, but I think they mean it this time. And now you ask why would the CI Roller Dude be so upset over the loss of a car from the production lines in Detroit?
Well, like I said, you have to go back in time and see some of the crap we had to drive as police cars. When I started in 1979, the department I worked for had a small fleet of cars, so we used most of them 24 hours a day. We had for the most part Chrysler products with large V8 engines. These old cars still used carburetors and Chrysler over came the lack of power by making the engines really big. I mean big ass engines compared to what we use today. 440 Cubic Inches!
Circ 1980s Dodge Diplomat POS
Then Detroit was forced to install lots of smog controls in the California cars and made the engines much smaller to save fuel. So what the cops ended up with was a piece of shit for a patrol car. The only way we won in pursuits was by good driving and the bad guy crashing. Some of those shit cars had a top speed of 85 Miles Per Hour!
As the 1980’s moved along, the Chrysler patrol cars got worse and worse. I remember getting on the highway going Code 3 to an emergency with my foot glued to the floor--- and getting passed by a transit bus. Old VW beetles could out run our cars then.
Then, in the early 1990’s Ford came up with a better patrol car. Yeah, at first they still were not that great, but they were comfortable.
Circa 1991 Ford Crown Vic
Then they got better and better. I loved them. They could go fast and handle well and they were comfortable enough to ride in for a 12 hour shift…and carry all the crap we needed in the trunk. Fire extinguisher, first aid kits, flares, computer, body armor, entry tools and devices, spare paperwork, lunch, and whatever else you needed.
Now, they are going to retire the Crown Vic. Ford says it’s going to make the Taurus car into a cop car. Well, good luck.