Ford Police Interceptor Utility

The Ford Police Interceptor Utility is a favorite among law enforcement personnel, as it is one of the strongest and well-rounded vehicles on the market. It hits that perfect combination of interior space, agility and customizability that every fleet manager looks for. The Interceptor Utility is an ideal patrol vehicle and can also be used as a police or fire chief vehicle as well, but its pursuit rating means it should always be out there, ready to respond to any developing situation. Given the Interceptor Utility’s general purpose role, there are plenty of ways to configure it and extract a lot of value.

Configuring the Ford Police Interceptor Utility

The Interceptor Utility utilizes many of the same components found in the Interceptor Sedan. In fact, Ford advertises this as a feature, as it means lower pricing and easier service. What the Interceptor Sedan and Utility also share is pure speed, and with the Interceptor Utility’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6, it can out-accelerate other utility vehicles. That was confirmed during two test trials, one run by the Michigan State Police and the other by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. They found that the Interceptor Utility, when equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost, produced the fastest 0-60 mph time, the fastest 0-100 mph time and the fastest top speed during a 1/4-mile lap. In short, the Interceptor Utility is quick and capable.

The Interceptor utility is also built with smaller bolsters, so officers can get in and out of the Interceptor Utility fast. With the minimal bolsters, officers can comfortably accommodate a holstered firearm, either on their right or left hip. Also, the Interceptor Utility comes with 85 cubic feet of cargo space and a payload capacity of 1,530 pounds, so there’s a lot to work with here. And some of the configuration options that can take full advantage of that include:

1.       Vehicle PartitionsThere are many partitions available for the Interceptor Utility, and they are essential if the Interceptor Utility is going to transport prisoners. A few manufacturers stand out in their partition workmanship, including Progard, Go Rhino and Setina.

Setina’s partitions are worth noting in particular, as they take full advantage of the Interceptor Utility’s extra interior space. Setina builds a recessed panel version of its partitions and an XL version, in addition to its standard flat panel and cargo partitions. The recessed panel design allows for easy installation of additional accessories, like weapon mounting systems. The XL partition is designed with additional legroom for prisoners in the back, with no obstructions that could interfere with prisoner loading or unloading. The result is faster and safer prisoner handling.

Setina partitions can also be fitted with a horizontal or vertical sliding window, a full polycarbonate window panel or a metal mesh for improved air flow.

2.       Prisoner transport seating – Prisoners often spit, bleed and vomit during transport, and this represents a pathogenic hazard for police and other prisoners. An easy solution to this mess is the addition of seat covers. Prisoner transport seating is primarily a means of keeping the Interceptor Utility’s rear seating clean and safe, but contoured designs also make it easier to load and remove prisoners.

Brooking Industries is a top manufacturer of Interceptor Utility prisoner seating, and also makes door skins for additional protection in the prisoner seating area.

3.       Cargo space enhancements The Interceptor Utility is that rare patrol vehicle that has cargo room to spare, so its capabilities are greatly improved with one or more cargo storage solutions.

Just like there are plenty of manufacturers that build partitions for the Interceptor Utility, there are many that develop cargo trays and boxes for the Utility. One worth mentioning is Lund Industries, which is an engineering firm highly respected for its innovative product designs. Lund’s Utility cargo solutions include its Fold Down Sliding Trunk Tray, or FDRS-FPIU-SA model. Once installed, it creates a false wall behind the rear seat that offers mounting options for weaponry or electronics. When folded down, it allows for easy access to mounted equipment, and when folded up, it keeps that equipment protected from view.

Of course, the Interceptor Utility can also be improved with the addition of standard cargo boxes and drawers. Lund also produces those, as well as several other manufacturers like Truckvault and Plastix Plus.

4.       Gun mounts and locks The Interceptor Utility is a patrol and response vehicle, so ready access to weaponry is a standard component. With the Interceptor Utility’s impressive interior space, it can accommodate a gun mount in several locations, including the ceiling, the space between the driver and passenger seat, the partition, and even in the space above the rear cargo area.

Santa Cruz Gunlocks is one of the leaders in gun lock engineering and produces several gun lock and mount models for any type of firearm. This includes adjustable locks, like the SC-1 and SC-6. The SC-6 is a universal gun lock that can handle any long gun securely.

In addition to the locks, Santa Cruz Gunlocks builds a variety of mounting systems that utilize its industry-leading lock technology. These mounts can accommodate two or three firearms at once, take up little room and can adjust to any weapon model, regardless of what accessories it is paired with.

The Police Interceptor Utility is one of the most configurable vehicles available to fleet managers. As such, it can be specialized for any role and any environment.