One of the new Dodge Chargers for KCSO./Courtsey KCSO
The Ford motor company recently stopped making the favorite car of police departments all over the country.
With the end of the Crown Victoria production, the Knox County Sheriff's Department chose the Dodge Charger as their new patrol car.
This week the agency rolled out eight of the new replacement vehicles. The new cars are assigned to the DUI and traffic units. The cars are equipped with V8 engines, an upgraded handling package and all of the electronic and communications gear the officers need.
Along with being more fuel efficient, the officers now have more space in the driver's seat.
"You have to remember this is their office for anywhere from nine to 12 hours a day. We wanted it to be efficient but we also wanted it to be comfortable for the officers," said Sgt. Philip Dalton.
The sheriff's department hopes to have 25 Dodge Chargers on the street by the end of this year. It may take four or five more years to replace the entire fleet of 150 patrol cars.