(May 5, 2017) - Hello everyone, and welcome to Ask CCPD XV! We will start with a plea for your questions, they have been rare lately! Send them to us at this link, because we won't always have cool stuff like this week's topic to toss at ya!
This week it's all about CARS. Well, vehicles, since we'll show off some pretty sweet bikes also. We'll stick to cars and motorcycles, and maybe in a future installment we can dig into the specialty stuff. The Cape Coral Police Department has both marked and unmarked vehicles. The Patrol Unit is of course typically marked, the black and whites everyone is used to seeing. These come in 3 styles, the first two of which will eventually be phased out. Since the 90's we have used Ford Crown Victorias, the police vehicle of choice nationwide for decades.
The Crown Victoria is popular with officers, as it's roomy, comfortable, and has plenty of get up and go. There are still a few with the old style look (above left), though most have received the new black and white look. Ford stopped producing the Crown Victoria, so these will eventually just be retired at the end of their service life.
Around 2011-2012 we started using the Dodge Charger. These are V6 models to save on fuel costs, and they still perform very well even without being the more expensive V8 Hemi version. The Chargers came with hard plastic rear seats, so that the bad guys couldn't try to hide contraband in seat folds. The rear taillights also resemble the Millennium Falcon, which is awesome (too bad they can't be blue, and Happy Belated May the Fourth Be With You!) The Chargers are also already being phased out, but you should still see these for years to come as we get the years of service and value out of them.
Our newest vehicles are a return to Ford, in the form of the Explorer. Lots of police agencies are making the switch to SUV styles, for the added storage space as well as driver and, er, passenger space. (i.e. bad guy cuffed up and secured in comfort.) These also have the hard rear seats, but with an added recess so handcuffed hands don't have to press painfully into the seat back. These are also very economical cars, saving the city and taxpayers on the gas money.
The unmarked cars come in all sorts of varieties: Chevy Tahoes for the K9s, all sorts of nondescript sedans that you'll never see coming (hehe!) Our Traffic Unit also uses motorcycles for traffic enforcement. In the past they have used Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and now use BMW bikes.
So that's a look at some of the most commonly seen vehicles we employ on the roads in Cape Coral. Maybe we'll touch on some of the more exotic rides in another article! Have a wonderful weekend and again, PLEASE send us some questions fit for a write-up! You can send them here, or to one of our many social media channels. We will leave you with some tasty video content below....see you next time!
About the Author:
Corporal Philip Mullen is a nine year law enforcement veteran assigned to the Office of the Chief of Police and serves as Assistant Public Affairs Officer for the Cape Coral Police Department.
For the last 9 years, Corporal Mullen served as a Patrol Officer in our Patrol Bureau, and as a Field Training Officer, preparing new recruits for the rigors of police work over the past 5 years. Corporal Mullen is a member of the Cape Coral Police Department Honor Guard and has represented the Cape Coral Police Department across the United States. He is a recipient of two Lifesaving Awards and the department's highest honor, the Medal of Honor. Phil holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety Administration from Edison State College.
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