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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.


lawrenceguy40 4 years, 10 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!

Keith 4 years, 10 months ago

I think I heard about that wreck too, East Lawrence early morning about a week ago?

Ian_Cummings 4 years, 10 months ago

The police department says one of its Interceptor sedans was wrecked at the intersection of 15th St. and Haskell Ave. on Feb. 12. According to police, an officer was driving it, with the sirens on, to an emergency call and it was t-boned by another car. Ian LJW

Ian_Cummings 4 years, 10 months ago

15th and Haskell Ave., yes. I checked the address on the accident report. Thanks, Ian LJW

Food_for_Thought 4 years, 10 months ago

Where are you getting your information sources from? What's left of any credibility you have on this site has once again been weakened by your blind bigotry toward all things law enforcement. Stay classy...

Amy Heeter 4 years, 10 months ago

I was there. Saw it. Classy and informed.

Kathy Theis-Getto 4 years, 9 months ago

Based on reputation, I'm guessing FforT may have been addressing artichoke , you know the classy, informed one. Accidents happen, even to public servants.

Lisa Medsker 4 years, 10 months ago

In the event they needed medical treatment, did they get tickets for leaving the scene like the rest of the "ikky civilians" would?

SilverBandit 4 years, 10 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.

mseve 4 years, 10 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.

Anthony Mall 4 years, 10 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!!!

Ian_Cummings 4 years, 10 months ago

That's a good question. I'll check out the gas mileage and let you guys know if it's very different. Ian LJW

Jake Esau 4 years, 9 months ago

When I was shopping for cars a few years ago, front wheel drive vs. all wheel drive made only a minor (2-4mpg) difference in fuel economy.

average 4 years, 10 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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