The Bradenton, Florida, Police Division is saying goodbye to its final traditional police cruiser — a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.
The division, situated south of Tampa, introduced its plan to public sale off the final Crown Vic in its fleet, because it has determined to make use of largely SUVs for patrol duties for his or her further storage capability for gear and passenger house.
“It’s the top of an period in BPD historical past! Our final Crown Vic Police Interceptor is heading to public sale. In case you’ve received a hankering for restoring this 2010 gem to her authentic magnificence, or making a low-budget cop present, she’ll be accessible for bidding within the close to future,” the division tweeted on August 29.
The Crown Vic has been one of the crucial standard autos utilized by police departments for the previous 30 years, showing in over 4,877 motion pictures and TV reveals, in response to the Web Film Automobile Database.
The automobile, known as the “greatest muscle vehicle that ever wore a uniform” by a New York Instances author in 2013, is sort of synonymous with the phrase “police automobile” and is understood for its iconic grille.
Nonetheless, since Ford ended manufacturing of the well-known automobile in 2011, departments have been pressured to shift to different autos.
The Bradenton P.D.’s present fleet contains Ford Explorers, Chevrolet Tahoes, Dodge Chargers, Ford Tauruses and Chevrolet Caprices.
The division’s Crown Vic can be auctioned off at a future Tampa Equipment Public sale, in response to Meredith Frameli, the division’s public info officer.
Earlier than being bought, the automobile will seemingly have its Bradenton P.D. symbols and light-weight bar stripped.