Local/Regional News
2:29 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

State Police Phasing Out Crown Victoria Cruisers

LEXINGTON, Ky.  - Kentucky State Police have begun phasing out their popular Crown Victoria cruisers in favor of a new Chevy Caprice Patrol vehicle.  The move was necessary because Ford stopped making Crown Vics in 2010.

Trooper Michael Webb says the new cars feature a larger, more powerful engine; and something else:

“It actually has a bit more room in the rear for the prisoner compartment.  The Ford Crown Victoria had ample room for us to do what we needed to do but it was a tight fit for the prisoner.  It’s still somewhat of a tight fit but there is more room in the Caprice vehicle.”

Trooper Webb says some of the oldest vehicles in the agency's fleet were starting to show some wear and tear. 

“And that’s a safety issue because we have troopers that are getting up to emergency response driving speeds and pursuit speeds and when you are operating a car at that speed it needs to be in top condition.  When troopers are crossing medians and driving on gravel roads in rural communities…just doing the nature of police work, it’s hard on the vehicle’s frame, components, and the structure of the car.  We need to put our troopers in cars that we know are safe and up to date.”

KSP purchased 125 of the vehicles at a unit price of $25,400 each; which is actually cheaper than the old Crown Vic. 

KSP says the cars will start showing up on roadways this summer.