To replace the Caprice Classics, the department started using Crown Vics in 1996. They were a poor substitute. Over the years, Ford improved the car. By 2009, the Vic Interceptor was a good car. The cage was small, but the push bumper anchored to the chassis.
Since Ford discontinued the car, departments have struggled to find a solid prowler. The department tried Chargers and Impalas. Neither worked. They bought into the Explorer SUV. The cage is roomy. There is more space for gear.
I have been holding out, driving the last of the white Vics.
Today, there were none.
Over the last year, I could count on taking an old car, cleaning it out on Monday, and be be the sole driver for the week.
One by one, the whiteys have been swapped out for SUVs. There is on left in the First Ave barn. There's a blue '11 and a single Impala. The rest are SUVs.
I drove one tonight. The seat is too small. The MDT was buggy.