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(JSOnline)   It's the end of an era: After hoarding them, Milwaukee police sends its final Crown Victoria into service with no replacement in sight   ( jsonline.com) divider line
    More: Sad, Milwaukee Police, Ford Crown Victoria, MPD, Milwaukee, VI-C, Ford Models, Ford Motor Company, Yellow Cab  
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2013-08-25 07:44:59 AM  
2 votes:
Cop cars just don't look like cop cars anymore.  Especially cop Chargers.
2013-08-26 08:17:07 AM  
1 vote:
I say bring back the Dodge Diplomat:

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2013-08-25 09:21:23 PM  
1 vote:

deevo: GopherGuts: FriarReb98: Cop cars just don't look like cop cars anymore.  Especially cop Chargers.

My company 2012 Charger Pursuit kinda does, even though I'm not a cop:
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/yes, of course I got the Hemi

Yeah that second side mirror will do it.

Cops on the Long Island Expressway drive all kinds of shiat. Last week I saw a full-sized Hummer with someone pulled over. But there must be some safety requirement at least in Suffolk that they have to have those mirrors, so I always look for that.

...that's a spotlight, dude.
2013-08-25 07:19:56 PM  
1 vote:

mrlewish: ""We've got 114 Vics with over 100,000 miles on them," he said, checking the police fleet on his computer. "They definitely last." "

You call 100,000 miles lasting?

come talk to me when you get 250,000.  Then we would be talking import.

Police departments tend to put pretty hard miles on their cars.  There's also a much larger idle time to mileage ratio in a cruiser vs a typical daily driver.

Once they're done with their police duty most of those Crown Vics get picked up by cabbies who put another couple hundred thousand hard miles on them.

The Crown Vic is hands down one of the most durable vehicles ever manufactured.
2013-08-25 03:53:01 PM  
1 vote:

RINO: It's too bad the government killed Carbon Motors. That would have been sweet.

No.  No, a thousand times no.  Carbon Motors was never going to be a viable option.  The unit cost was close to $50,000 for a vehicle.  There is no way a police department is going to be able to afford those at a bulk rate.  Secondly, they tried to add features, like integrated computers and radios, that police departments reuse each time a new vehicle is issued.  Many large agencies don't even install radios in their vehicles, and have the officers use portables.  Lights, siren boxes, radars, etc are all typically reused by departments when old vehicles are replaced with new ones, that wasn't an option with Carbon Motors.

Carbon Motors was never a fiscally viable company.
2013-08-25 01:40:12 PM  
1 vote:

TuteTibiImperes: Bluetooth is just the communications protocol, like WiFi, when your car has bluetooth the car itself acts as the headset, so you don't need the ear piece.

I imagine the majority of official communication takes place over the radio, but there are likely work related reasons to use a cell phone during the shift as well.

thanks for the info. as to work related calls yeah there may be some. say one a week. my question is are there personal calls and if so how many and for how long. i'm old and old school and feel there is almost no reason for anyone to ever make a personal call at work except at break or lunch. that doesn't seem to be the norm today.
2013-08-25 01:24:42 PM  
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StoPPeRmobile: Bluetooth is cool. Anything that could possibly keep their hands on the sterring wheel is a good thing. Seem that auto accidents are their number one risk of life and limb. We should do everything we can to ensure cops are safe and not plowing into others. Cops should shoot people dead not run them over.

I ordered my Charger Pursuit with Bluetooth, and it is truly a safety improvement. Once a phone is paired with it, it is almost impossible to receive or place a call any way but hands-free. It also allows you to place a call through voice recognition... I rarely need to look at the phone or even take it out of my pocket. It should be standard in all the police cars.
2013-08-25 12:35:25 PM  
1 vote:

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Will miss the Vic, but as far as performance goes it doesn't hold a candle to the new Taurus.

I've got a '05 Grand Marquis. 120k miles, but I'm going to keep it running as long as I can. Powerful, comfortable, gets about 27 mpg highway. V8, RWD, governor kicks in at 95 mph.
What's so great about the new Taurus?
2013-08-25 12:11:01 PM  
1 vote:

RINO: It's too bad the government killed Carbon Motors. That would have been sweet.

The government didn't kill Carbon Motors.  The government refused to give it a loan after examining the company and determining the loan was unlikely to be repaid, which is a part of the criteria for giving out the Advanced Technology Vehicle loans.  I notice that no private lending institutions gave them the money either, so one could just as easily biatch about Bank of America killing Carbon Motors.  But if the business wasn't viable, then it was really Carbon Motors that killed Carbon Motors.
2013-08-25 10:57:54 AM  
1 vote:
They mention "marked and unmarked" Crown Vics in TFA.  I just assume an unmarked Crown Vic is a cop, period.  Period, period.  This has worked well for me.
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