|Updated: 4/30 9:25 am
||Published: 4/28 10:19 pm
The Tulsa Police Department unveiled its newest fleet of patrol cars.
The shipment of 45 Sedan Interceptors and 40 Utility Interceptors will replace the current Ford Crown Victoria models.
Corporal Dan Ward says the new vehicles have an updated look and feel and are a welcome change.
“The new vehicles are going to be much safer for the officers and for the citizens on the streets,” said Corporal Ward.
Ward says that the new Police Interceptors are modeled after the new Ford Taurus. Stacked up against the Crown Victoria, Corporal Ward says that the design and functionality is improved in the new models.
“They are much more compact,” said Ward, “The new interceptors have v6 engines and get 20 percent better fuel efficiency.”
Corporal Ward says that TPD spent more than a year testing different vehicles to decide one which model worked best for officers. Factors like price and safety were taken into consideration because as Ward says, the vehicle is a mobile office for police officers.
“We have to make sure that it is something that is durable and something that is going to last,” said Ward.
24 of the new models are already in use.