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Meeting the Modern Demands of Law Enforcement

The current-generation Ford Police Interceptor® Utility is the first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid SUV.

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To Protect and Serve

Like the officers who drive them, Ford police vehicles are specialized to meet the needs of the communities they serve – providing law-enforcement agencies of all stripes with the ideal tools to get the job done.

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Investigate Our Police Lineup – Inside and Out

Seven Decades on the Beat

Ford introduced the first-ever police package in 1950. Over the following decades, we’ve worked alongside law enforcement agencies with a purpose-built philosophy that continues today. Every vehicle is built with what we call the Ford Police DNA – safety, durability, performance, purpose built and upfit friendly.

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  • 1950

    Ford becomes the first manufacturer to offer a Police Package vehicle. The focus then, as it is now, was on safety, durability, performance and the attributes of being purpose built and upfit friendly.

  • 1951

    First official use of the Ford “Interceptor” name on the optional 110-hp flathead V8 engine.

  • 1954

    The new Ford “Y-block” Interceptor V8 engine is rated at 160 hp.

  • 1958

    The police-exclusive 303-hp “361 Special V8 Police Interceptor” becomes part of a 6-engine, 4-transmission lineup.

  • 1958

    The police-exclusive 303-hp “361 Special V8 Police Interceptor” becomes part of a 6-engine, 4-transmission lineup.

  • 1961

    Ford Division study finds 58 percent of police vehicles in use in the 50 largest cities in the U.S. are Ford models.

  • 1964

    A new emphasis is placed on “total performance” – achieving the best overall benchmarks in driving dynamics, such as acceleration, braking and cornering.

  • 1967

    The first Ford sport utility vehicle for law enforcement use is introduced – as well as the first 4×4 – with the launch of the Ford Bronco Special Purpose Vehicle.

  • 1973

    The heavy-duty Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission becomes standard on all Ford police cars.

  • 1982

    Mustang patrol model introduced. California Highway Patrol purchases 400.

  • 1983

    The full-size Ford sedan is now named the “LTD Crown Victoria”. Police Package vehicles can be ordered with an optional 351 cubic inch 5.8L HO V8.

  • 1993

    As a prelude to the Police Interceptor® Utility, the Ford Explorer is first offered with a special service package for law enforcement.

  • 1998

    Ford Police Interceptors are the preferred choice of municipalities, dominating the sales of all police pursuit vehicles in the U.S. and Canada.

  • 2002

    Ford is the first manufacturer to offer factory-installed ballistic door panels, mounted inside the door.

  • 2003

    The Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is the first vehicle worldwide tested to meet the 75-mph rear-impact crash test. Today’s Ford Police Interceptors remain the only vehicles in the world tested to this demanding standard.

  • 2012

    The Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is retired from service, as Ford introduces the next-generation Police Interceptors – offering power and performance with V6 engines and standard full-time Intelligent all-wheel drive.

  • 2013

    Ford adds the mighty 3.5L EcoBoost®
    to the Police Interceptor lineup, which outperforms V8-powered offerings from other manufacturers in independent testing by the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

  • 2015

    Ford produces its 100,000th next-generation Police Interceptor – the new Police Interceptor Utility.

  • 2016

    Ford is the first manufacturer to offer Level IV+ ballistic panels, mounted inside the door, rated to protect against armor-piercing rounds.

  • 2017

    Ford reveals the first-ever pursuit-rated Hybrid, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, and the first-ever pursuit-rated pickup truck, the F-150 Police Responder.

  • 2017

    Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility continue to be America’s best-selling police vehicles.

  • 2018

    Ford reveals the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility, with standard hybrid and full-time Intelligent all-wheel drive. In independent testing by the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the 3.0L EcoBoost outperforms all other vehicles, including V8-powered sedans. Meanwhile, the hybrid outperforms the remaining utility vehicles, including V8-powered utilities.

Ford Special Service Vehicles

To handle specialized departmental needs that don’t require pursuit capability, Ford Special Service Vehicles are specifically equipped to fill out your law enforcement fleet.

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F-150 SSV
When pursuit isn’t crucial but capability is, the Ford F-150 Special Service Vehicle is ready to serve with a GVWR of up to 7,850 lbs.* It’s available in both SuperCrew® and SuperCab configurations, depending on the needs of your department.

*When properly configured.

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Expedition/MAX SSV
For tactical work, off-road duty or any combination of both – the Ford Expedition Special Service Vehicle brings the capacity of a full-size body-on-frame SUV to bear. Available in both standard and MAX configurations, it provides ample room for officers, equipment and cargo.*

*Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and weight distribution.

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Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle
The Ford Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle is designed to be exactly the van you need it to be. Not only is it available in three roof heights, three lengths and two wheelbases … but it can also be compartmentalized with single, double or triple prisoner-transport inserts.*

*Available aftermarket features.

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Police Modifier Guides

Ford Motor Company has assembled a series of Police Modifier Guides to assist upfitters toward achieving the highest standards of safety and quality in their vehicles.

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