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SEP 2017

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16 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2017 In July Ford announced that it would soon be producing a pursuit-rated F-150 pickup truck. e company says it de- cided to develop the new police vehicle dubbed the F-150 Police Responder be- cause of customer demand. Stephen Tyler, police brand marketing manager for Ford, says the idea of mak- ing a pursuit-rated pickup truck came from discussions with the company's Police Advisory Board. "We've had a lot of requests for a pursuit-rated pickup. Cus- tomers have told us they need a vehicle that is pursuit capable for the road but with 4x4 capability for off-road," he says. e new 2018 F-150 Police Responder is based on the F-150 SuperCrew. It's pow- ered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost four-valve V6 engine that produces 375 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque. e en- gine is matched with a 10-speed Select- Shift automatic transmission for onroad and offroad performance. Top speed is 100 mph, not anywhere near the speed of Ford's Police Interceptor Sedan or Police Inter- ceptor Utility, but very fast for a heav y-duty pickup truck. One reason the F-150 Police Responder can achieve pursuit speeds is that it has a lightweight but extremely tough military-grade alu- minum alloy body. Drivers can choose five different operation modes in the F-150 Police Responder: Normal, Snow/Wet, EcoSelect (for fuel effi- ciency), Sport, and Tow/Haul. Tyler says the Tow/Haul mode will be of particular interest to law enforcement agencies that may want to use the F-150 Police Responder as a multi-use vehicle for patrol and for towing. e pickup can haul a payload of 2,030 pounds and offers a 5-foot x 5-foot bed. Tyler believes agencies will use a tonneau cover to conceal their gear and will lock up critical gear such as guns and ammo in storage boxes. e F-150 Police Responder can tow 7,000 pounds standard or 10,000 pounds if the agen- cy chooses the optional towing package. Tyler says it will be useful for both rural and urban agencies that need to tow boats and want a truck that can be used for that purpose and for patrol. Tyler also believes agencies will want to use the F-150 Police Responder for transport- ing personnel. e pickup has a 145-inch wheelbase with 131.8 cubic feet of inte- rior space, and Tyler says its cab offers the most front and rear hip and shoulder room and most rear leg room of any pur- suit-rated vehicle. It has enough room, according to Tyler, to comfortably seat five officers in body armor and carrying duty gear. "at leg room really helps a lot if you are trying to get a 6-foot 8-inch, 350-pound officer in the back," he says. Modifications were made to the stan- dard F-150 4x4 SuperCrew to create the F-150 Police Responder. e brake calipers were upgraded and a unique friction material was used on the brake pads. In addition, the front stabilizer bar was upgraded for improved braking and handling. e interior of the F-150 Police Re- sponder has also been modified for law enforcement patrol duty. Police-grade cloth covers the ergonomically designed front seats. e front seat backs also have anti-stab plates, and the rear bench seat is covered with heav y-duty vinyl, and flooring throughout is easy- clean vinyl, so suspects can be transported. Ford says the F-150 Police Responder will be available next spring. e pursuit-rated pickup is scheduled for evaluation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Michigan State Police at their respective testing sessions this month. www.ford.com/fordpoliceresponder/ The Pursuit Pickup Truck FORD'S NEW F-150 POLICE RESPONDER IS DESIGNED FOR PATROL DUTY BOTH ON AND OFF THE ROAD. DAVID GRIFFITH PHOTOS: FORD

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