The Evolution of Cop Cars

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We all know the familiar flashing blue and red lights of a city police squad car. Some of us have seen those lights in our rearview mirrors more than others. Although the sirens and lights of a police cruiser are unmistakable, the cars themselves don’t always look the same. Over the years, police cars have changed with the times. Here’s a look at just a few of the police cruisers that have patrolled the streets over the years:

1960s

• Chrysler Enforcer
• Chevrolet Biscayne
• Mercury Monterey

1970s

• Ford LTD
• Ford Torino
• Chevrolet Nova

1980s and 1990s

• Chevrolet Impala
• Plymouth Gran Fury
• Chevrolet Caprice
• Ford Crown Victoria

Present

Dodge Charger Pursuit

At first glance, the 2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit may look like any other Charger you see on the road, but this police cruiser includes special features that help your city’s finest do their job well. The Dodge police car features ballistic door panels on the driver and passenger sides. The front seats are also equipped with anti-stab panels. To make sure police officers can catch criminals or act fast to help someone in danger, the Charger Pursuit is available with a V8 engine and performance tires.

Ford Police Interceptor

The Ford Police Interceptor includes a protection system that keeps police officers safe while they’re on patrol. The ballistic door panels protect the officers from gunshots. The reinforced structure, 75-mph crash test rating, and side airbags were designed to protect officers in case of a crash.

Chevrolet Caprice PPV

The Chevy Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) has a system of airbags that protects the officers in case of a crash. It also includes an antitheft system and electronic stability control with traction control and police performance mode. That way, the police officers who use this Caprice can react safely to any call they get.

Future

Carbon Motors E7

The Carbon Motors E7 is the first purpose-built police vehicle. According to the Carbon Motors website, there are currently more than 24,000 reservations from agencies in all 50 states for the E7. This new police car features automatic license plate recognition and infrared cameras. Be on the lookout for this brand-new police cruiser on the streets of your town starting in late 2013.