LAPD Unveils Next-Gen Ford Police Interceptors

October 23, 2013, by Paul Clinton

LAPD showed its next-gen Ford Police Interceptors at the IACP Conference. Photo by Mark W. Clark.
LAPD showed its next-gen Ford Police Interceptors at the IACP Conference. Photo by Mark W. Clark.

The Los Angeles Police Department showed off versions of Ford's Police Interceptor sedan and P.I. Utility at a police chiefs' conference in Philadelphia this week with an in-dash display that would de-clutter a patrol car's cockpit.

The agency partnered with Ford and several police equipment suppliers to add the in-dash touch display to help an officer manage lights and sirens, communication gear, and a video system that includes a thermal camera.

The vehicles, which appeared at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference, showcase a sleek cockpit that strips away a bulky rugged laptop and the mounts that can pose a hazard to the officer during a collision.

"We're looking to provide a much safer version of the vehicle," Lt. Dan Gonzalez told Government Fleet. "It removes the laptop and the associated brackets and hardware. We've taken off all that componentry and put it in the trunk."

At the center of the vehicle's innovative design is a 12.1-inch dashboard display (1280x800 resolution) that allows officers to toggle between police and standard modes.

An in-dash screen replaces the rugged laptop. Photo by Mark W. Clark.
An in-dash screen replaces the rugged laptop. Photo by Mark W. Clark.

The Havis-branded Integrated Control System is being rolled out via Crown North America vehicle upfitters. Lectronix developed the modules and electronic vehicle infrastructure that ties together the systems. The Havis system includes the durable touch-screen display, audio/video extender, HVAC touch display controls, and an embedded processor.

The vehicles also featured Federal Signal's Valor lightbars, a Coban on-board computer, PIPS license-plate readers, and either a Motorola MW810 or Dell E6430 police computer.

By Paul Clinton


  1. 1. Concern American [ October 25, 2013 @ 10:09AM ]

    Boy, what will they think of next ! Thermal screen ....tag readers , We Americans are sure giving up our freedoms and privacy to the to Big Brother ....Does anybody else see a problem admerging from all of this . Under the watchful eye at all times ...This country is going down the flusher and becoming a police state . Better pull your heads out of the sand and see what's going on around you . Law enforcement has become a paramilitary group ...Govt spying on your emails ,phone calls ,etc. It's going to get worse if WE THE PEOPLE ...don't make a stand soon ...It's coming folks ...get ready ...
    Desperado / T.I.E.R.

  2. 2. Street Cleaner [ October 25, 2013 @ 10:51AM ]

    How is this an invasion of privacy or Big Brother watching? This equipment only is in use in public. It doesnt look through walls, read your email or listen to your phone calls. A license plate reader only sees plates on cars driving on public roads, any police officer can radio a license plate return or punch it into a car computer without cause, only faster. Thermal imagining is just a matter of safety. If you were an officer you would want to see whos hiding in the darkness before you gotvout of the car too....

  3. 3. bigbill [ October 25, 2013 @ 11:26AM ]

    Be an honest, law abiding citizen and you shouldn't have to worry about "Big Brother".

  4. 4. Desperadi [ October 25, 2013 @ 02:55PM ]

    Bigbill, you are correct in what you said and just what the police and govt. Are programing you to think that way . Where does this type tech . invasion end ? The themo imaging would be ok IF it is use properly in the line of duty ... So you are telling now that I walk down the street minding my own business as a person .. now I'm subject to being video tape CCTV, I can be audio recorded at times , can be video tape and now themo imagine by patrol cars, watch by our own drones being used inside the USA .

  5. 5. Thomas Gracey [ October 26, 2013 @ 09:50AM ]

    Finally, Mickey Mouse is out of the picture!

  6. 6. Fighter JET [ November 08, 2013 @ 09:50AM ]

    Have you ever watched CBS Television's program "Person of Interest"? In the opinion commentary on each episode, Harold says camera's are out there, watching all of us. Its already over. We're already being watched.

  7. 7. Steady1 [ November 28, 2013 @ 07:04PM ]

    How true if one is obeying the law, there is nothing to fear, BigBill. Check the stories of six million European Jews who were afforded appropriate protection of their rights in the 1930s & '40s. It certainly is not the technology in use, it is the intent of the people who are using it. If they are tyrants, clubs and swords are very effective in their minions' hands.


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