Because the long arm of the law extends beyond paved roads.
Between the Fusion, the Taurus, the Explorer, the Transit, and the F-150, Ford is no stranger to converting its vehicles for police duty. But this could be the sickest one yet.
It's a Ranger Raptor, the high-performance version of Ford's midsize pickup, and the little brother to the big, bad F-150 Raptor. But as you can see, this one's been converted for law-enforcement duty. And if we were on the Thin Blue Line, it might very well be our choice of squad car (or truck)... especially if we were charged with keeping the peace in the great outdoors.
Now at this point, you might be thinking that Ford doesn't sell the Ranger Raptor here in its home market. And you'd be right. While Dearborn has brought the smaller pickup over to America, the Raptor version has yet to join it, with its torquey diesel engine, jacked-up suspension, and all-around beefier demeanor. And the police version you see here will be no different. The baby Raptor is being trialed alongside the Focus ST wagon by police forces in the UK, where the civilian version is already available. The Blue Oval figures the truck "may prove to be the perfect tool to access some of the UK's most rural locations."
Well you know what? The US has some rural locations of its own, and they might be served well by the Ranger Raptor too. But we guess law-enforcement agencies in the more remote parts of America will have to make do with the F-150 Police Responder and the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility. But those are just from Ford's fleet.
The Michigan State Police takes it upon itself every year to test every police vehicle offered in America, including SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe and Dodge Durango – but the F-150 is the only pickup on the list.