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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.