Every police force has its own fleet of highly capable pursuit vehicles. The United Arab Emirates has famously acquired a few supercars. Manila’s finest has the rugged Mahindra Enforcer. And most US states have had the trusty Ford Caprice in their arsenal.
Now, the state of California is being offered the latest line of vehicles from one of America’s Big Three automakers. Yep, the Dodge Charger Pursuit is being put forward to the state's law enforcement agencies. And it seems like the California Highway Patrol (CHP) loves the car so much that it will be purchasing around 580 Charger Pursuit units to replace its existing fleet.
Known for being the largest law enforcement agency in the US, the CHP will make the purchase in stages. The plan is to field the Charger Pursuit vehicles within the next two years, with a majority of these entering into service as early as next year.
The Charger Pursuit fleet will be made up mostly of units fitted with the 3.6-liter, 292hp Pentastar V6 motor. A small number of cars for the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course in Sacramento will be powered by the more potent 5.7-liter V8 with 370 horses and the brand’s Fuel Save technology.
Either way, these Chargers will enjoy the 12.1-inch UConnect infotainment system that has been specially designed and integrated with CHP’s law enforcement computer network. This will allow police officers to easily check on a suspected felon’s profile directly from their patrol car.
We’re now daydreaming about PNP cops driving fast and really capable cars. But that’s another story.