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A look at car maintenance, care and new car news in Whatcom County

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  • DRIVE WHATCOMC2 Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | Ferndale Record

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  • C3DRIVE WHATCOM Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | Ferndale Record

    Police Interceptor designed specifically for law enforcement

    The new Police Interceptor from Ford gives Lynden and other local law enforcement a completely new look for their patrol vehicles. (Tim Newcomb/Lynden Tribune)

    Homeland Security funding allows Lynden PD three new vehicles, and more are comingBy Tim [email protected]

    LYNDEN Car number 38 at the Lyn-den Police Department has a different look to it. And a completely different feel, full of little features that make police officers happy. Car number 38 is the departments first Ford Police Interceptor, a sedan built from the ground up specifically for law enforce-ment personnel. With the infamous Crown Victoria no longer made, Ford went a new route. Its a direction the Lynden PD was ea-ger to go. Lynden recently cycled out its last Chevy Caprice and has mainly driven the tradition-al Crown Vic patrol car, even if it does have a Chevy Tahoe SUV still in rotation. Sergeant Russ Martin, who takes the lead on maintaining Lyndens fleet of patrol cars, said that with the variety of cars and SUVs on hand, the department was pleased to secure federal funding to purchase a Police Inter-ceptor sedan and two SUVs during 2012. With more federal funding on the way Lynden qualifies for Operation Stonegarden money from Homeland Security because of its proximity to the Canadian border Lyn-den hopes to add two more Police Intercep-tor sedans this year and possibly another in 2014. And at about $45,000 each after all the police-needed upgrades, Lynden wouldnt have any new Police Interceptors at all if it

    werent for the federal dollars, Martin said. However, other than a sporty new look (the 1990s body of the Crown Vic hadnt changed), what are local law enforcement agencies really getting with the new Inter-ceptor? Martin said that when Ford decided to

    scrap the Crown Vic the automaker worked up an intense focus group with law enforce-ment folks across the country, allowing them to design in all sorts of needed additions to the vehicles. Chevy and Dodge havent yet done the same intense scoping. This is purpose-built with small chang-

    es that make it easier for driveability and added safety features, Martin said. At first we didnt know what the price was going to be, but they all (Dodge, Chevy and the Inter-ceptor) all come out to about the same price.

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  • DRIVE WHATCOMC4 Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | Ferndale Record

    Interceptor: Handling is miles better than that of older modelsContinued from C3 The all-wheel-drive sedans offer a night and day difference in handling ver-sus older vehicles, Martin said, and they provide a nice option in inclement weath-er. Even the back seat has exciting tweaks, with plastic seats (easy for hosing down the myriad of body fluids that can spew from suspects) as a factory option and the back doors opening extra wide to make it easy to get people in. Ford kept the center consoles the same size, allowing for agencies to simply pick up and move their equipment from a Crown Vic to a Police Interceptor. But the dashboard is different, with a cleaner look, digital readouts, a mappable steer-ing wheel allowing officers to control lights and sirens from controls on the wheel, and wiring holes that make installation a breeze. Plus, a nifty little cutout offers a perfect spot to put the radar equipment, Martin said. The Police Interceptor allows for fleet keying. With a larger drive train and double-disc brakes, the handling and ride of the car exceed all others in the fleet. These things drive on rails and handle much bet-

    Along with a completely revamped drive train and interior look, the steering wheel is mappable, allowing lights and sirens to be controlled without an officer's hands leaving the wheel. (Tim Newcomb/Lynden Tribune)

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  • C5DRIVE WHATCOM Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | Ferndale Recordter (than the Crown Vic), Martin said. You can feel the power switch on the wheels. In the trunk, a radio tray comes pre-wired and allows equipment to store eas-ily. A shotgun rack attaches, keeping the crowded trunk even more organized. The side of the trunk features a lock-able evidence locker, great not only for busy crime scenes, but also in ensuring the integrity of evidence delivery. Agencies can also save time and money on extra installations, as the cars can come pre-wired for lights and sirens, for example, straight from the factory. Because of the Homeland Security funding, all Lynden officers finally have their own vehicle assigned to them, al-though they arent all fortunate enough to have the new Interceptor. No longer does the Lynden fleet work like a taxi system, with cars running 20-plus hours a day, rack-ing up mileage and maintenance issues. Four of our cars have over 100,000 miles, which is quite a long time for a police car, Martin said. We try and cycle them out at 75,000 miles because it is more cost-effective for maintenance. And now, with cars getting less wear and tear and officers actually taking better care of them because of their ownership, Martin said theyre seeing the hidden ben-efits of individually assigned vehicles. Add in the benefits of the new mod-el and given a little more time, Lyndens streets will look plenty more modern.

    A special equipment tray in the trunk keeps electronics up and out of the way and also gives officers a place to store their shotgun. (Tim Newcomb/Lynden Tribune)

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