GULFPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT
MEDIA NEWS RELEASE
                                                                 
Lt. Robert Vincent
Public Information Officer
727-893-1030

06/17/2008

New Police Car--Safer, Cost Effective

This 2008 Dodge Charger Police vehicle was purchased under the normal replacement schedule for patrol cars.  The Police Department typically replaces its patrol vehicles after 80,000 miles of use in extreme operating conditions.

We only operate vehicles which are marketed and promoted by their manufacturers for use in police pursuits, and for 2008, only five vehicles sold in the United States met those criteria.  They were the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, Chevrolet Impala Police, Chevrolet Tahoe Police, Dodge Magnum, and the Dodge Charger.

For many years, Gulfport has purchased the venerable Ford because of its performance and reliability record.  This year, however, we decided to try the Dodge as an alternative, primarily because it has better safety equipment and a much more efficient engine.  The 3.5 liter V-6 (sorry folks, no Hemi) in the Dodge has the same power output as the 4.6 liter V-8 in the Ford, yet its fuel economy is much better.

Not only is the Charger expected to offer comparable performance, improved safety, and increased efficiency, but it does so at a cost savings as well.  Purchased under a competitive government bid, the price for a new Charger was $23,292, compared to $24,052 for a similarly equipped Ford.