Chapin PD puts its newest, high-tech police cruiser into service
Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Chapin Police Department has just put its newest police cruiser on the road. According to Police Chief Seth Zeigler, the special SUV was received recently, but has been in the shop being outfitted with all the aftermarket equipment that his department needed to install to get the vehicle ready to patrol the streets of the town. Chief Zeigler said that the car is a 2017 Ford Interceptor Utility.
This vehicle comes equipped with a 3.7-liter, 300 horse-power engine that can accelerate from 0-60 in 7.99 seconds. It has a top speed of more than 130 mile-per-hour in case the bad guys decide they don’t want to stop. All that extra power and speed is paired with a Ford proprietary AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ that helps keep the cruiser upright in hard turns. When it’s time to stop, it relies on 4-wheel extra heavy-duty disc with a police force use calibrated Anti-Lock BrakeSystem.
The car has 9" space between driver’s seat and front-passenger seat for the installation of an aftermarket console. This is important for officers to be able to mount radios, aftermarket equipment, or have somewhere to stash their extra gear like notebooks, clipboards, or flashlights. It also gives them a bit more space for all the things they are required to carry on their utility belts when they are driving.
To keep the officer safe when he or she is driving at high-speeds, there are airbags for all the front-seats plus front passenger knee bags, and an advanced Safety Canopy® System that includes side-curtain airbags and a rollover sensor. The additional safety equipment includes a SOS Post-Crash Alert System™, automatic traction control, an individual tire pressure monitoring system, and a rear-view camera with washer in case someone tries to sneak up from behind while the officer is in the car parked at a scene, just sitting somewhere doing paperwork, or driving.
Since taking delivery of the SUV, Chief Zeigler has had it marked with the Chapin Department’s logo which is reflective, a Dual-Stalker front / back radar system, and a 10-8 high-definition patrol car video system. This system marks footage with the date, time, the officer’s ID, and lots of other useful information like whether the car’s warning systems are activated. It also has a Feniex 360-degree emergency light system that features LED lights and makes the car visible from every angle imaginable. LEDs also take it easy on the cruisers already beefed up electrical system, but make it extremely easy to see when it’s running to an emergency or parked at a call.
Chief Zeigler said that the car has been issued to an officer that works the night shift with his department. You may see it on the streets on patrol, just try hard not to have to see it with those high-tech lights activated in your rear-view mirror.