Archive for Monday, July 25, 2011

KU Public Safety upgrades to 2011 Dodge Chargers

July 25, 2011


Kansas University Public Safety just got a new ride: a 2011 Dodge Charger with a student-designed logo.

The new car arrived last week, and is one of four replacing the four 2008 Ford Crown Victoria Interceptors in use. Those cars, each with about 80,000 miles, will join the unmarked fleet, replacing the 2004 vehicles currently used.

A new Kansas University Public Safety Dodge Charger idles in the Parking Lot of Oliver Hall. The department will receive three more identical cars.

A new Kansas University Public Safety Dodge Charger idles in the Parking Lot of Oliver Hall. The department will receive three more identical cars.

The cars each cost $21,600, according to the state’s purchase contract.

Chris Keary, assistant chief for KU Public Safety, said the Charger’s six-cylinder engine had best available fuel efficiency — 18 mpg city, 27 highway — and could use E-85 gasoline, a cheaper alternative.

“And the bottom line is it turned out that the Chargers with the V-6 engines were cheaper than the Crown Victorias,” Keary said.

Keary added that having vehicles noticeably different from other local agencies gives KU police a distinct image.

“We like to emphasize that we are not the Lawrence Police Department; we are the University of Kansas police,” he said.

KU Public Safety teamed up with Jeremy Shellhorn, a graphic design professor at KU, to let students design the car’s graphics. A combination of designs by George Ressler and Andrew Joseph Meier were chosen.

The cars are modified in Lawrence before they are ready for police use. The first car was completed last Wednesday, and Keary said a second one would be ready in the next few days. He said he expected all four cars to be patrolling campus when classes begin Aug. 20.


Liberty275 6 years, 11 months ago

Why does KU need "interceptors"? Will they be chasing people on K10 going 130?

John Hamm 6 years, 11 months ago

"Interceptor" refers to police usage. "It's got cop tires, cop wheels, cop........" If you'll read the article you'll see these are equipped with V6 engines

Liberty275 6 years, 11 months ago

OK, why do you need "cop tires, cop wheels, cop........" to cruise around campus and look at sorority girls all day? A civic would work better and cost less.

And not all police cars are interceptors. Interceptors are designed with one purpose in mind, go real fast, like 160 fast. Gas mileage - irrelevant, maneuverability - irrelevant, cost - relevant (otherwise they'd all be Moslers) but still twice what a regular cruiser would cost. etc.

Liberty275 6 years, 11 months ago

Would you like to see a real interceptor?

As for civics not working, they are good for 200,000 miles. Easy.

As for the oil coolers, steel wheels, larger rotors/calipers, do you really need those for driving around campus? Seriously, are the fords so badly designed they need an oil cooler to last as long as a base model honda?

Also, all cars with automatics have atf coolers. It's a given.

While you note that ford and dodge build police interceptors, so does Chevrolet. Interceptor is a word by itself, It has a meaning. Look it up. Slower cars are cruisers.

Paula Kissinger 6 years, 11 months ago

It has happened...and on 40 Hwy., and on I-70 and on 59 Hwy. .......

Liberty275 6 years, 11 months ago

I'm sure they chased suspects until the highway patrol showed up and took over. Just because you have a fast car and a badge, that doesn't mean you can do triple digits in 75 MPH traffic. That's a little bit of skill the KU cops don't have time to master while writing parking tickets or investigating date rape.

LogicMan 6 years, 11 months ago

They coulda had a Hemi!

But glad they bought the little V6s.

Paula Kissinger 6 years, 11 months ago

WTG guys. Good looking, fuel efficient and dependable. Glad to see the "low-bid" will be just right for the department, for a change.

someguy 6 years, 11 months ago

I hope the seats in these recline. The officers don't look very comfortable when napping behind my house in their current cars.

lunacydetector 6 years, 11 months ago

in these tough economic times, how much did lawrence pay for their redesigned logo? the ku cop car looks cool and it was designed for free.

hipper_than_hip 6 years, 11 months ago

For the price of one car, they could have bought a police motorcycle and a bunch of bicycles, both of which are way greener. How many high speed chases do they actually do a year?

Jake Esau 6 years, 11 months ago

Then what would they use in the winter?

sr80 6 years, 11 months ago

They can park where the steam is vented through the manhole covers !

hipper_than_hip 6 years, 11 months ago

They would do whatever the Lawrence motorcycle and bicycle police do when they're in the above mentioned situations.

KU_Dude 6 years, 11 months ago

I hope they scotch guard the seats. Coffee & Doughnut stains are a pain to clean.

drake 6 years, 11 months ago

I saw that new one yesterday. Had some old guy pulled over on Bob Billings west of Kasold. I guess with the new cars they have extended their patrol range.

BTW their favorite sleeping place at night is behind the KU Endowment building.

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 11 months ago

Heck of a bailout/give away for Dodge! Have every police department in the country switch from Ford to Dodge.

Chrysler has announced that it has repaid its multi-billion dollar obligations owed to both the United States and Canadian governments. Adding up both loans plus interest, Chrysler has just shelled out a tidy $7.6 billion. The U.S. receives $5.9 billion and Canada will get $1.7 billion.

drake 6 years, 11 months ago

Not as good as it sounds crazy. Fiat just bought the remaining shares from the US and left us holding the bag for $1.3 Billion.

gsxr600 6 years, 11 months ago

Rumor has it the 2012 SRT models will have 570hp... Drool. First time I heard KU got Chargers I laughed assuming they would be SRT's but this looks like a good choice for KU even if they're only chasing cars down at 30mph. Car looks good except for the side, not really feeling it or the bulbous police lights.

couldBmeorU 6 years, 11 months ago

Why Why Why It wasn't broke ! Don't Fix It GeeeZ

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