Baltimore Buys 80 Chevrolet Caprice Patrol Cars

November 09, 2012

BALTIMORE – The City of Baltimore has purchased 80 new 2013-MY Chevrolet Caprice PPV police cruisers for use by officers in the City’s Northeast District. The City purchased the vehicles using the Baltimore Police Department’s (BPD) existing fleet budget for $2.3 million.

Each Caprice PPV will be equipped with mobile data terminals and provide officers with a foundation to begin field-based reporting; allowing them to create and submit police reports directly from their patrol vehicles.

A committee of police officers and instructors with BPD’s emergency vehicle operation training team selected the Caprice after testing the cruiser against the Ford Police Interceptor and Dodge Charger Pursuit.


  1. 1. Tim Mullins [ November 12, 2012 @ 01:35PM ]

    Great choice by the Baltimore PD.

  2. 2. Doug [ July 17, 2013 @ 07:33PM ]

    Smart training team, They know a great car when test one!! Too bad Canada can't get them yet.

    The police dept are asking for them big time but are forced into the inferior products by other manufacturers.

  3. 3. Rex Sagle [ November 02, 2013 @ 03:00PM ]

    The Caprice PPV has not fared well in some test, we drove them in Knoxville, I did not think they were as bad as the Ford, but not as good as the Charger, Car & Driver Magazine testing the Caprice, and the Charger Pursuit Vehicles
    agreed stating the Caprice should be used only for Parking violations, after losing each lap to the Charger by 7 seconds.
    This year a Rep from the Los Angel-es County Sheriff Dept said that dept would not purchase any patrol car with a v//8 nor would the purchase the ECO-Boost v/6 Ford interceptor.
    Talking to the North Carolina Highway Patrol Fleet manager, and his assistant, they advised me they have never had a transmission failure of a Charger hemi powered Police Vehicle they have purchased over 3000 since being offered..
    I hope Baltimore has good service out of the Caprice, but from the data of the last few years it would be behind Ford And Dodge, and according to the rep from LACSO that gap is widening.

  4. 4. Scott [ November 04, 2013 @ 06:35AM ]

    Honestly, I've had my fill of stories of "Department X" purchasing "Vehicle Y". Quite simply, it all boils down to a lot of personal preference price point. It is quite obvious based on the differing choices amongst the various departments around the country that there is not one single "BEST" police car. All offerings from Ford, Dodge, and Chevy have their good points and their bad points. What works for one department may not be of any importance to another department. All of these articles and comments are really nothing more than chest thumping among the Bow-Tie Boys, Mopar Maniacs, and Blue Oval Fanatics. There is very little informative facts that come out of any of them. The simple truth, painful as it may be for some of us, is that all three of the Big 3 have decent offerings, and it is up to the individual agencies to choose their vehicles based upon what they are looking for in a police car.


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