Law enforcement officers in Forsyth County, Ga., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are keeping the peace in the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice police patrol vehicle (PPV), General Motors said in a press release.
"With its emphasis on the ergonomically designed seats for officer comfort, and enhanced safety features, the Caprice is a vehicle that is made for police work," said Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton, who chose the Caprice PPV as a replacement vehicle to older fleet cruisers. "We've had our vehicles for a month, and we're sold. This will be a worthwhile investment," Paxton added.
The Caprice PPV has a large interior (112 cubic feet/3,172 liters) and specially designed front seats sculpted to allow space for gun belts, plus a powerful rear-wheel drive.
Under the hood is a 6.0-liter V-8 engine, with 355 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. The Caprice can go from zero to 60 in less than 6 seconds.
Safety features include a front-seat-only head curtain air bag, which allows for installation of a full-width prisoner partition. Plus, StabiliTrak, GM's electronic stability control technology, has a unique a "police performance" mode for enhanced stability during high-speed driving.
"We view the police vehicle as an extended office for our officers," said Dennis Hogan, Fleet Services manager in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "We chose the Caprice, because it delivers optimal officer operational space, trunk, and storage space, and generally provides our officers the most-suitable operating environment."