LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WXOW)-- The La Crosse Police Department has a few new vehicles out patrolling and the SUV squad cars are a step up from the traditional cop car.
"The La Crosse Police Department decided to go with 2013 Ford Interceptors," said Sgt. Randy Rank.
The five new cars make the jobs of patrol officers a little safer.
"It's all wheel drive which is nice in the weather we have up here," Rank said. "Should make it more stable and being able to get to areas during the bad weather."
The new cars also offer more space than a traditional squad car, which helps the officers who are out patrolling the streets all day, every day.
"It's the patrol officers', we'll call it their office," Rank said. "There is a lot more space for the officers and then also when we're transporting people. That was one of the biggest complaints from our patrol officers, was the space"
The SUVs are equipped with video systems, that record everything around the vehicle and everything inside.
And it'll be easier for drivers to see and feel the cars coming.
"It has a new light bar system, much brighter, LED for the visual aspects," Rank said. "And there was also a new siren added, which is called a rumbler. And it's a very low sounding siren, for our type of environment that we're in, in a city, to catch people's attention. You feel it more than you hear it."
Rank says eventually, like other patrol cars in the department, the new vehicles will be converted to propane to make them fuel efficient.
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