With public protection and safety as a priority, the Police Department of New York equips all its service members with the most convenient, fully functional and high-tech cars. Let us take a look at the history of NYC Police Cars.

About NYC Police Cars

Founded in the year 1845, the Police Department of the New York City is one of the largest and longest-running police departments in the US. The extensive law administration service of NYPD covers all 5 boroughs in the New York City. It was in the late 19th century when the account of Police cars kicked off, and horse-drawn wagons were the first ever vehicle to be utilized for maneuvering police forces.

The Patrol Car is used for conveying police officers, and also for responding to emergency situations. The response cars are equipped with visual and audible warnings, with higher specifications. The traffic car is designed to enforce traffic laws and catch those who break the rules. The SUVs are produced for an array of off-road needs.

Popular Car Make and Model Under NYC Police Cars

NYC Police Cars these days are mostly manufactured by Ford and Chevrolet. Here is a quick look at their latest vehicle lineup:

  • Dodge Charger
  • Ford C-Max Hybrid
  • Ford Police Interceptor
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Smart For Two
  • Toyota Prius

The Evolution of NYC Police Cars

  • In the 1920s: NYPD employed the first ever motor-powered police car, the Ford Model T. (1917) The cargo van was used to convey the armed forces.
  • In the 1930s: The department introduced the 2-door Ford Plymouth radio cars, which was the customary version till the 40s. At the same time, Ford launched the Ford Flathead with a V-8 engine, which was marketed towards police car industry.
  • In 1958: The Ford Custom 300 was released by NYPD, which was also referred to as “Four Door”. The special accessories included the Motorola Twin V Police Radio, the Stewart Warner Police Special Speedometer, the Federal Signal Model Siren and the Federal Signal Model 17 Light.
  • In 1973: Appearing for the first time, the Plymouth Fury I Unit came into existence. With an objective to increase visibility, this was the time that the signature “white and blue” paint scheme was first released.
  • In 1974: The Plymouth Satellite Custom was launched, following the oil crisis in 1973. Being smaller in size, gasoline consumption was quite less than Plymouth Fury I.
  • In 1989: The Caprice 9C1 Package by Chevrolet was introduced by NYPD, which had a V8 engine. Features included a Federal Signal PA-300 and Federal Signal Aerodynic.
  • Today, a majority of police cars are produced by Chevrolet and Ford. Some commonly used models you will see on the New York streets include the Nissan Altima, Ford Police Interceptor Sedan, Chevrolet Impala and Ford Crown Victoria.

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