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New police vehicles passing first test in snowstorm conditions

February 21, 2013

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The Lawrence Police Department's new Ford Interceptors did well in their first snowstorm, police said Thursday.

The vehicles — four sedans and four SUVs — went into service about three months ago to replace Crown Victorias that have been discontinued by Ford, Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman, said.

On Thursday, the Interceptors’ all-wheel drive helped police maneuver in the snow as they responded to stranded motorists and other calls. More than 30 motorists called police for help Thursday after getting stuck in more than six inches of snow that fell between 7 a.m. and noon, according to the National Weather Service. “Without those vehicles, we’d really be in trouble in this type of event,” McKinley said.

So far, McKinley said, he has heard only positive feedback from the officers using the new vehicles on the streets, and the SUV model seems to be preferred over the sedans. The vehicles were manufactured specifically for law enforcement use, with doors that open wider for loading prisoners and beefed-up electronic systems for police computers.

The vehicles cost the department about $25,000 each, which was not much more than what the older Crown Victorias had cost, McKinley said.

Comments

average 1 year, 2 months ago

Having driven a late-model Vic, it's hard to imagine any car available today that wouldn't be preferable in today's weather. And I'm putting Kia Rios and the like on that list.

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Number_1_Grandma 1 year, 2 months ago

Just wondering what gas mileage is like with these vehicles. Not complaining but doesn't snow like this much anymore. Nice to have when it does but gas prices are going up and last year, no snow at all. If gas consumption isn't going up with these new vehicles, then worth the money. If consumption is up, maybe not.

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reality_check79 1 year, 2 months ago

All in all can't complain too much... Plows are out, cops are out, and the idiots with no business being out are out getting stuck causing delays for the plows!!!

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mseve 1 year, 2 months ago

I was wondering what happened, it closed off Haskell heading heading south and looked pretty bad, anyway I am glad the 4 wheel drives can actually get some use this winter.

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Floyd Craig 1 year, 2 months ago

yes its good they have them but why is one of the new cars setting at the city garahe wreckd ??????

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SilverBandit 1 year, 2 months ago

Stay inside. No need to put our emergency responders at any additional risk responding to your car accident. Great day to read a book, sit by the fire, spend time with the kids, and keep those working in our prayers.

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lawrenceguy40 1 year, 2 months ago

How many have lpd wrecked so far? I heard of at least one totaled after it failed to stop at a stop sign and hit an innocent motorist. Probably racing to get her free basketball tickets before the game.

LPD - protect and serve themselves!

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Keith Richards 1 year, 2 months ago

Pretty good price on those vehicles.

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cheeseburger 1 year, 2 months ago

All-wheel-drive is not something that is needed often, but when it's needed, it's needed. Glad they are able to get around in this stuff.

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