CHP Adds Dodge Chargers for Highway Enforcement

May 06, 2016

Photo of 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit courtesy of FCA US.
Photo of 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit courtesy of FCA US.

The California Highway Patrol will roll out its 159 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit police cars this summer after equipping them with police-specific equipment.

Earlier this year, the agency purchased the black-and-white units from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The rear-wheel-drive cars will be powered by V-6 engines so the agency can reduce emissions, said Fran Clader, the CHP's director of communications.

"In keeping with our state’s commitment to be environmentally responsible and reduce emissions, the CHP has elected to purchase the V-6 versus the V-8 patrol vehicle," Clader said. "The V-6 provides for fuel efficiency while also ensuring the vehicle performance required to do the job. Doing so helps us to contribute to reducing our carbon footprint."

The vehicles cost $27,140 per unit.

FCA will begin delivering the vehicles in July. Once FCA has delivered all the sedans, the CHP will equip the vehicles using an assembly-line process. The agency's automotive technicians will install a CHP communications system. The units will be deployed with roof-mounted lightbars as well as "slick-top" units with forward red emergency lighting in the windshield and a left A-pillar spotlight.

New cars will replace existing police vehicles with the highest mileage, including Ford Crown Vics, Dodge Chargers, and Ford Police Interceptor Utility SUVs. The agency replaces vehicles when "it is not economical to continue operations, or when it has become unsafe or no longer cost-effective to operate the vehicle," Clader said.

The agency has purchased 10 vehicles that include the 12.1-inch embedded screen offered as a factory option for the first time with the 2016 model year. After officers test the system and give feedback, the Information Management Division will determine whether the screen will support CHP's current data systems.


  1. 1. Victor Maitland [ May 15, 2016 @ 05:01PM ]

    An increasing number of police departments, including the California Highway Patrol, are returning to the traditional police 4 door sedan and moving away from the use of SUV's for patrol. CHP is currently replacing Ford police SUV's in favor of the new 2016 Dodge Charger sedan in part due to superior handling, power and stability. Some departments report "rollover" issues with the SUV's.

  2. 2. Johnny Dee [ May 15, 2016 @ 09:53PM ]

    My PD has 10 2014 Hemi Chargers. I want to replace them next year with AWD Hemi's. Can't believe CHP went with V6s. You more than make up for the different spent on gas when u go to auction off the car when it is retired. People want the Hemi's.
    I will order more Explorers because of winters in the NE, but would not want an entire fleet of them. JMO.

  3. 3. John U [ May 19, 2016 @ 09:49PM ]

    A lot of departments are finding that the Ford Police Utility isn't standing up to wear. Choosing the V-6 over the v-8 is smart for agencies that patrol urban areas where speed isn't the big issue. For the CHP picking the AWD charger with the v-8 would make more sense. I would think the v-8 wouldn't have to work as hard as the v-6

  4. 4. Darren Cataford [ May 20, 2016 @ 04:23PM ]

    Personally, I think the V6 engine is fine for urban police or the sheriff's departments where high speeds are not something encountered every day. For state police use, the V8 should be used.

  5. 5. Dane Pitarresi [ June 03, 2016 @ 08:50AM ]

    We have a Law Enforcement based ESC Workshop for EVOC Instructors. This workshop uses our SKIDCAR technology to expose instructors to technically correct understanding and use of new electronic control Systems on ALL Police vehicles. The new vehicles bring unexpected outcomes when they are driven too fast. These car do not skid in the old way. #skidcar1


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