As a result of extensive testing
and overwhelming approval of department personnel, the department has decided
to purchase the Ford Interceptor UV AWD as the patrol vehicle.
The Ford Interceptor UV AWD has
ABS, all-speed traction control, Roll Stability Control is unique to the
UV: Gyroscopic sensors check body-roll
angle. A 304-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 is
paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and gets 16 mpg city / 21 mpg
highway. The Ford Interceptor UV AWD
will have backing sensor or a backing camera system and blue tooth technology.
The Ford Crown Victoria served as
the law enforcement patrol vehicle for the better part of 25 years but the
model was discontinued, leaving agencies with the decision of a replacement
vehicle. In May, Sheriff John McMahon
challenged the rank and file to test the Chevrolet Caprice, Dodge Charger and
Ford Taurus. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s
Department decided to purchase the Chevrolet Caprice PPV
Vehicle) with the intent of deploying the vehicle in the first quarter of
Just prior to purchasing the
Chevrolet Caprice, it was determined it did not have ballistic door panels installed
and thus was not suitable for the department’s requirement of a patrol vehicle.
Recent testing completed by California
Patrol, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police,
indicated the Ford Interceptor UV was being offered at a comparable price and
additional testing and considerations should be made before purchasing the
In November 2013, the department
purchased 10 Ford Interceptor UV AWD units and conducted a two- day comparison of the Chevrolet Caprice, Dodge
Charger, Ford Taurus and Ford Interceptor UV AWD at Sheriff’s EVOC. During the two-day test, Sheriff’s Department
employees reviewed, drove, and evaluated the four potential patrol
vehicles. The vehicles were tested on
the high speed pursuit track, the city grid pursuit track, accident avoidance and
skid pan. At the conclusion of the
testing, an overwhelming 83% of department personnel felt the Ford Interceptor
UV AWD was the vehicle the department should purchase for patrol.
The men and women of the
Sheriff’s Department are excited at the prospect of employing the new
technology and automotive engineering into the new vehicles.