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Ram has some competition with offering a pickup truck for law enforcement duties. Ford revealed today the F-150 Special Service Vehicle (SSV).

 

“Many officers need the extra space F-150 Special Service Vehicle offers. They can load the cargo box with equipment and still fit five people inside. Its utility is unmatched,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police marketing manager.

 

The SSV comes in the base XL trim and is available in the SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations. Power can either come from a 5.0L V8 with 385 horsepower or a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower, along with the choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Ford has also fitted 240-amp alternator to provide extra juice for lights and various equipment.

 

Inside, there is no middle seat or console. Just a gap that will allow for radios, computer, and other various equipment to be fitted.

 

Ford hasn't announced when police departments can place their orders for the F-150 SSV. But don't be shocked if you see an F-150 dressed up in a police uniform in the near future.

 

Source: Ford

 

Press Release is on Page 2


 

FORD F-150 SPECIAL SERVICE VEHICLE REPORTING FOR DUTY

  • 2016 Ford F-150 Special Service Vehicle package – available for both SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations – tailors the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever to meet the unique needs of government and fleet customers
  • Package adds high-output alternator to meet power needs, plus easy-clean rear vinyl bench seating and flooring; a removed center console allows for custom equipment placement
  • Along with the Special Service Vehicle package for both F-150 as well as Expedition, Ford offers a Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle and a Special Service Police Sedan to help fulfill the unique needs of law enforcement agencies nationwide


DEARBORN, Mich., April 19, 2016 – Government and fleet customers – including law enforcement and roadside assistance providers – require the toughest, smartest, most capable vehicles for their work, so Ford offers a Special Service Vehicle package for the 2016 F-150 to meet their rigorous needs.

 

F-150 Special Service Vehicle gives fleets a selection of configurations so customers can pick what best suits their needs. Available in XL trim for either F-150 SuperCrew or SuperCab configuration, customers can opt for the package in a 4x4 or 4x2 drivetrain, along with the 5.0-liter V8 or high-torque 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine to ensure there is never a lack of power.

 

Law enforcement and fleet work can get messy, so trucks equipped with the package replace carpeting with easy-to-clean vinyl flooring. The rear seat is swapped out for a vinyl bench for quick cleanup.

 

A high-output 240-amp alternator replaces the stock unit to accommodate for extended idle times. Standard 40/20/40 seats are replaced with 40/blank/40 seats, with the center section deleted to create more space for customization.

 

“Many officers need the extra space F-150 Special Service Vehicle offers,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police marketing manager. “They can load the cargo box with equipment and still fit five people inside. Its utility is unmatched.”

 

Law enforcement makes up a large portion of Special Service Vehicle purchases, so Ford added F-150 to satisfy a complete range of police needs.

 

“We offer a whole family of police vehicles,” said Arie Groeneveld, Ford chief program engineer for police vehicles. “Our lineup aims to fulfill the unique needs of law enforcement officers, and our F-150 Special Service Vehicle is an extension of that offering. This vehicle definitely lives up to its Built Ford Tough reputation.”


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So, I guess the next Transformers movie will have an F150, and Mustang police variants and maybe if the studio decides even a Conti as the new decepticons.

 

That'd be cool, I know that in the Transformers universe some decepticons were tasked to take on autobot forms to be even more...errr... deceptive.

 

 

Anyways in the films, the decepticons love to take on law enforcement/military forms.....

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Yes safety is always good, but then not everyone likes the interior layout and I have seen people that find the controls confusing just because of the types of auto they have driven. So if Ford, Ram and GM all want to sell their trucks to Law Enforcement that is fine, but I do question if they really need a truck?

 

Already tax payers pay through the nose for fuel due to police being allowed to drive their cars home putting unneeded miles and gas use. Why can they not drive their own auto like the rest of us?

 

Same goes for Fire and all gov jobs where I see plenty of wasted miles put on auto's and gas spent due to letting employees drive the auto's home which is not needed.


So, I guess the next Transformers movie will have an F150, and Mustang police variants and maybe if the studio decides even a Conti as the new decepticons.

 

That'd be cool, I know that in the Transformers universe some decepticons were tasked to take on autobot forms to be even more...errr... deceptive.

 

 

Anyways in the films, the decepticons love to take on law enforcement/military forms.....

So then the bad ass GMC large truck knocks off the nose or the F150 when they battle before it blasts a hole in it's heart? ;-)

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      Pic Credit: Maverick Truck Club

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