Knoxville Police Department to get new fleet of Dodge Chargers

Knoxville Police Department to get new fleet of Dodge Chargers

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Knoxville police officers will soon be driving around in muscle cars, as the Knoxville Police Department said Thursday the Dodge Charger is its "car of the future." Knoxville police officers will soon be driving around in muscle cars, as the Knoxville Police Department said Thursday the Dodge Charger is its "car of the future."
The fleet of 20 vehicles is almost ready to go. Officials are just waiting for emergency equipment to be installed before they hit the streets. The fleet of 20 vehicles is almost ready to go. Officials are just waiting for emergency equipment to be installed before they hit the streets.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police officers will soon be driving around in muscle cars, as the Knoxville Police Department said Thursday the Dodge Charger is its "car of the future."

The fleet of 20 vehicles is almost ready to go. Officials are just waiting for emergency equipment to be installed before they hit the streets.

The Chargers replace the standard Crown Victoria that Ford has discontinued.

Chief David Rausch says five test vehicles, different models, were put through the paces for six months.

In the end, they say the Charger was the clear choice for many reasons, including comfort.

"This is an officer's office. When they're out in the field, this is what they're in all day long. Their whole shift. So comfort is important," said Chief Rausch.

Also, for the first time in recent history, patrol cars will be silver instead of the traditional white.

Officials say that won't add any cost to the price of each car, which is $23,700.

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