Knoxville Police Department tests new cruisers

Knoxville Police Department tests new cruisers

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KPD is testing five models to eventually replace the Crown Vic. KPD is testing five models to eventually replace the Crown Vic.
Although the test cruisers will be used in everyday driving, officers ran them on their test track Thursday. Although the test cruisers will be used in everyday driving, officers ran them on their test track Thursday.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knoxville Police Department is choosing a new model of police cruiser. Officers currently drive Ford Crown Victorias, but the model was discontinued last year.

Now KPD is testing five models to eventually replace the Crown Vic. They include: two Chevrolet Caprices, two Ford police pursuit vehicles and one Dodge Charger.

The Chevys are 355 hp. 6.0 liter OHV V8.

The Fords are 365 hp. turbocharged 3.5 liter V6 with all wheel drive.

The Dodges are 370 hp. Hemi V8.

"What we're looking for is safety, safety of the officers. We are looking at ergonomics, comfort for the officers and the car because it's their office 10 hours of the day for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week over a six-month period," said Deputy Chief Gary Holliday.

Each department member will test the potential police cruisers, but not on the test track. They'll use them for everyday driving.

"We're doing something that's not been done before," Holliday said. "These cars are going to be driven 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They'll get about 50,000-60,000 miles on them. We want to know they will perform in the real world."

KPD gave 6 News a chance to ride in a Dodge Charger Thursday in their closed circuit training center.

Each member will complete an evaluation form and give their input.

Also, the cars will undergo an inspection and a diagnostic checkup every three weeks.

"We'll go back in. We'll look at all of the evaluations. We'll look at the performance, any maintenance issues they've had, and then we'll pick whatever the new police car for KPD will be," Holliday said.

The cars range in cost from $24,000 to $28,000 each.

Officials say once they make their final selection, it will be about a 90-day period before the cars are delivered and out on the streets.

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