The City of Dublin Division of Police began researching new options for future vehicles in August 2011 when Ford announced they would no longer be manufacturing the Crown Victoria model.
Dublin Chief of Police Heinz von Eckartsberg assigned a committee to research, test and evaluate vehicle options. The decision was made to purchase three Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles as the new standard Patrol cruiser and two Ford Interceptor Utility SUVs as the Division’s new standard SUV Patrol vehicles.
The committee considered criteria such as: officer comfort, ergonomics, drive train (AWD vs. RWD), overall cost, handling, fuel economy, maintenance costs, and the accessibility to aftermarket components. The cruiser committee also met with the manufacturer’s representatives, researched other agencies who currently use these vehicles, and conducted intensive driving evaluations of each vehicle at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy’s low/high speed driving track in London, Ohio.
Both models are backed by a manufacturer’s five year/100,000 mile warranty. The overall costs compares very favorably with current vehicles, making these choices economical and cost effective for the City of Dublin.
The new vehicles also display a new City of Dublin graphics package and the Division of Police core values of Pride, Integrity, Respect and Professionalism.