The Baltimore County Police Department (BCoPD) has begun converting its fleet of cruisers to a new model – the Ford Interceptor.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief James Johnson introduced the new vehicle this morning at a press event at Precinct 7/Cockeysville. The first 50 of the new cars – a $1.3 million investment in public safety – have been purchased and are ready for deployment next month.
The Interceptor – a version of the Taurus designed for law enforcement – will replace the existing Ford Crown Victoria, a model that has been discontinued. BCoPD has used the Crown Victoria since the 1990s. It will take about six years to replace the BCoPD inventory of about 450 Crown Victoria sedans.
All-Wheel Drive and Other Features
A BCoPD panel reviewed a variety of models and settled on the Ford Interceptor because of its features, including:
- All-wheel drive. The first new Interceptors will be assigned to posts in the more rural precincts – Precinct 3/Franklin, Precinct 7/Cockeysville and Precinct 8/Parkville – where officers often deal with more severe winter weather.
- A driver’s seat designed with a space to accommodate the officer’s gun and other tools.
- A 20 percent improvement in fuel economy over the Crown Victoria.
- Side curtain airbags.
Kamenetz Committed to Needs of Responders
“We remain committed to giving our first responders the equipment they need,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Our investment in the Police Department is paying dividends, making Baltimore County one of the safest communities in the nation.”
“As a police officer, one of the features I like best about the Interceptor is the way it handles. It’s maneuverable and feels almost like a sports car,” said Chief Johnson. “I think our officers are going to find it a functional and enjoyable car to drive.”
The exterior striping on the cruisers will not change.
The old Crown Victorias will be sold at auction as they are removed from the fleet.