MADISON, Wis. - The Madison Police Department announced Monday it will be adding a new type of squad vehicle to its fleet of patrol vehicles.
According to a release, Ford stopped production on the recognizable Crown Victoria in 2012, so the department had to start exploring other alternatives for police vehicles.
The department purchased several sedan and SUV vehicles Ford outfitted for use as police vehicles after the Crown Victoria went out of production, according to the release.
Residents will start to notice more Ford Explorer SUVs as marked squad vehicles patrolling neighborhoods, due to positive reviews, officials said. Several SUVs have already been added, and there are plans for additional ones to be added this year.
The new SUV features the full police package and includes a fuel-efficient engine, all-wheel drive for winter and more storage. The SUVs will also use less fuel than the older sedans.
"The officers that have driven the SUV really like it. It's a little higher. The visibility is a little better. Also, it has the all-wheel drive, which during the winter is a big bonus for us," MPD Sgt. Phil Moore said.