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APR 2019

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suit-rated hybrid police vehicles. "I start- ed some dialog with Ford's engineers about the benefits of the hybrid as a pa- trol car. 'It can do the job, and it can do it well,'" he says he told them. at discussion has now come full circle as Martinez is acquiring Ford's new pursuit-capable hybrid vehicles for the NYPD fleet. He's even driving a 2019 Police Responder hybrid (based on the Fusion hybrid) sedan that Ford has loaned to the department. "We brought it down to our test track and training facil- ity where one of the trainers drove it and came back with great results," he says. e NYPD is now buying 160 of the new Police Responder hy- brid sedans, and Martinez says he is very excited about the 2020 PI Utility hybrid with AWD. "We get a lot of bad weather here in New York City," he says. "We had Super Storm Sandy, big snow- storms, ice storms, flooding. Years ago during snowstorms I had to open our maintenance shops and call in crews to put chains on the vehicles. Now with all-wheel drive SUVs, I no longer have to do that. e vehicles can handle the weather without chains." Even though consumer vehicles might be a little cheaper to buy than pursuit-capable patrol vehicles, Martinez has no plans to continue the practice of buying retail hybrids and customizing them into police vehicles. "I haven't really done a price compari- son," he says. "ese task-built vehicles meet our mission better because they were designed to do so." He points out that purpose-built patrol vehicles al- ready have the wiring for police equip- ment, vinyl seats, cages, and even their computers are "tweaked for police driving." e NYPD has 13 fleet shops and 400 employees and it is fully capable of up- fitting the new hybrids it has ordered from Ford. But Martinez says it's the de- partment's practice to have its vehicle delivered ready for duty. "We have the upfitter do everything, including the lights, and the markings," he says. Martinez foresees an NYPD fleet that becomes more and more hybrid and electric in the coming decade. Asked how the officers who use the vehicles feel about that, he tells the follow- ing story: "Shortly after we introduced hybrid patrol cars about 10 years ago, the Mayor's Office had staff go out and ask the of- ficers driving them what they thought about driving hybrids. ey did not know they were driving hybrids. And that's the way it should be, the hybrid vehicle should perform the same or better than the gas patrol vehicle." JW Fishers Mfg., Inc. (800)822-4744 (508)822-7330 Email: info@jwfishers.com www.jwfishers.com Recovery made simple and safe with a JW Fishers commercial grade ROV - Highly Portable - Commercial grade - High power LED lighting - 1,000' depth capability - (4) high output motors - Pan & tilt front AND rear cameras come standard - Starting at $20,995 The 2020 Police Interceptor Utility hybrid comes standard with all-wheel drive and is suited to urban and rural patrol. PHOTO: FORD POLICEMAG.COM 43

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