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US police departments’ vehicles have been getting gradually older and less effective. The solution found is a new truck that Ford has recently unveiled, the first-ever Police Pursuit version of its F-150 pickup. The vehicle has 375 horsepower and four-wheel-drive and was designed specifically for rural agencies like the Border Patrol, sheriff’s departments and the fish and game authorities.

The Ford Police Responder is rated for speeds up to 160 kmph. It is the first hybrid vehicle ever offered to police departments in the U.S.

According to freep.com, Ford has long been a leader in police car and SUV sales to law enforcement departments and is trying maintain that lead position.

Surprisingly, the engine of the F-150 Police Responder pickup gives departments a spacious vehicle capable of traversing rough terrain. The police truck also has vinyl rear seats and can accommodate a divider to carry prisoners. Its passenger compartment is bigger than that in most police cars. Ford also claims best in class shoulder and hip room and the ability to carry five officers.

“The Responder is the perfect all-terrain law enforcement vehicle,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford’s police brand marketing manager. The front seats have been scooped out and upgrades for police service include skid plates, a high-output 240-amp alternator to power computers, lights, sirens and other extra devices. The brakes were also upgraded, along with a new front stabilizer bar for improved handling. The responder also has an almost 3,200 kilogram towing capacity.