The Lincolnton Police Department recently added three new police cruisers to the agency.
Chief Rodney Jordan told the Times-News he opted to stay with Ford and purchase three 2013 Taurus Police Interceptors after the American-based car company stopped making the Crown Victoria model last year.
While the agency plans to procure additional Interceptors in the future, Jordan said the timing “will just depend on the how the budget goes.”
The new vehicles, which have six-cylinder engines rather than eight, are expected to conserve gas.
Before striping and additional equipment was added to each interceptor, the cost per vehicle was around $23,000, Jordan said.
The agency tries to switch out at least three vehicles per year in order to keep officers safe.
“Once they (the vehicles) get past 100,000 miles, they can get a little dangerous for emergency-type situations,” Jordan said.
The Interceptors have already made an impression on the community, according to the chief.
“They look good,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of comments on them.”