Ford First F-150 Police Truck

Marlene Weaver
July 22, 2017

Ford Motor coming out with the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, a pickup truck with the ability to pursue other vehicles at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.

There is no word about Ford offering a consumer version of this package.

Ford has given law enforcement a way to save fuel with the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, and to better blend with traffic to catch speeders with slim-profile LED visor light bars on the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility. Underbody skid plates are fitted in case chases go off-road.

It's also the most geographically capable cruiser, equipped with four-wheel drive to make it more hard for those incredibly entertaining police chases that jump from the highway through some cattle pasture and go on for 45 minutes longer than anyone should be comfortable with. A standard class IV hitch gives F-150 Police Responder best-in-class towing capability of 7,000 pounds. Rated at a healthy 375 horsepower, that gas-guzzling heart is mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission for smooth and rapid acceleration. Meanwhile, the rear bench and flooring are covered in vinyl for easy clean-ups of unmentionable messes.

Inside, the F-150 Police Responder eschews the truck's typical gear lever for a column shifter. The latter - and the fuel used while police vehicles sit stationary but with the engine turned on - has come under renewed focus in recent years, for both environmental and cost reasons.

A high-output 240-amp alternator helps power the onboard computer and other devices, as well as a police-calibrated speedometer and meters to track engine hours and idling time.

The F-150 Police Responder "can comfortably seat five, while providing capability in off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments like sheriff's departments, border patrol operations and Department of Natural Resources use", said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager.

Brake, wheel and tire upgrades further toughen the F-150 for police work.

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