The sheriff’s office at a county in Georgia plans to replace its current fleet of about 175 other vehicles with Chevrolet’s 2011 Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) after having received its first batch. This model was launched in the middle of 2010 and in fact, the county has had these vehicles on the road for about a month now.
Forsyth County, Ga. Sheriff Ted Paxton said that the Caprice vehicles are a “worthwhile investment” because they’re built for police work with their ergonomically designed seats and improved safety features.
Dennis Hogan, Fleet Services manager in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, said that they chose the Caprice since it offers “optimal officer operational space, trunk and storage space,” as well as an operating environment that suits its officers. He revealed that the Caprice PPV is powered by a 6.0L V-8 engine that delivers 355hp and 384 lb-ft torque.
Its maximum speed and acceleration time of less than 6 seconds is the best in its class. In addition, it offers a front-seat-only head curtain airbag that’s exclusive to this segment.
This feature allows for a full-width prisoner partition. Furthermore, a “police performance” mode can be turned on via StabiliTrak, GM's electronic stability control technology. This makes the vehicle more stable during a high-speed chase to enhance the safety of its occupants. The rear-wheel-drive car has an interior volume of 112 cubic feet / 3,172 liters, a figure that leads in its segment.
It also has been equipped with specially designed front seats that provide space for gun belts. Chevrolet is offering a Detective Police Package (DPP) too. This has the same engines and features; the difference is just with its looks. From the name itself, the DPP is meant to be used by police detectives.