Lets face it, being in a marked police unit is like placing a target on all of our brothers and sisters that wear a uniform.
Thanks to Ford, police vehicles have just been taken to a whole new level of protection and added safety to our police officers on the streets.
Their latest vehicles will make the Interceptor one of the safest police vehicles in the market today
As reported by Annalee Penny in her FOX 5 report, Ford has upped the game which means these rides will protect against armor-piercing .30 caliber rifle ammo, making it the first pursuit-rated police vehicle to offer that.
“The fact that we design our Police Interceptors around officer feedback is what has made them number one. Officers globally told us they needed protection from armor piercing ammunition and we added increased ballistic protection to an already great product – that’s continuous innovation,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer, Ford Police Interceptors.
To meet the growing threat to law enforcement officers, Ford is offering Type IV panels for the Interceptor, which can stop a .30 caliber armor piercing round with a specified mass of 10.8 g (166 gr) and traveling at 878 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2,880 ft/s ± 30 ft/s).
The new Ford ballistic panel is made of a lightweight ceramic with a fabric backing. The idea is that when a high-velocity bullet hits the ceramic, the round shatters and the force is dissipated by the material. Meanwhile, the fabric catches any fragments, preventing them from entering the car cab.
Safety technology has been advanced as well. In a crash, the energy will be absorbed and will direct the impact forces away from those riding inside. Adding to the strength of the vehicles are aluminum, boron steel, and advanced plastics.