Thursday, March 18, 2010

Taurus-based Police Car

This car is hot!!!!


Ford Introduces New Taurus-based Police Car

By Nadeem Muaddi
 Ford Police Interceptor
Ford Police Interceptor
The next time you’re pulled over for speeding, you might be surprised by what you see in the rearview. Ford recently unveiled its replacement for the Crown-Victoria-based Police Interceptor -- and it’s a Taurus.

“Ford first introduced its police package in 1950 and today the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is the industry leader,” explains Jalopnik. “The automaker's dominated the streets to the point that over the last five years, Ford's controlled more than 70% of the patrol cars sold. … Unfortunately, the Crown Vic's Panther-platform's getting a little long in the tooth — it hasn't seen a redesign in over 15 years.”

So out goes the Crown Vic and in comes the Taurus. “To develop the all-new Police Interceptor, Ford engineers worked hand-in-hand with Ford’s Police Advisory Board of law enforcement professionals, which provided input on key vehicle attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver comfort and functionality,” writes Ford.
While the new Police Interceptor is based on the 2010 Ford Taurus, the changes are significant.

According to, “Police departments across the country won’t be piloting just any Taurus off dealership lots. Ford says approximately 90 percent of the interior has been redesigned for police use.” Unique features include front seats with anti-stab plates to protect officers from violent criminals and vinyl rear seats to make cleaning up after messy ones easier.

 Ford Police Interceptor
Ford Police Interceptor
That’s not all. USA Today reports: “The Taurus-based model will keep the Police Interceptor name but offer just two 3.5-liter V-6 engines, no big V-8s, as in the Crown Vic. Ford boasts that the standard version will be 25% more fuel efficient than the current standard V-8. And the version with two turbochargers, what Ford calls EcoBoost, will deliver 365 horsepower, 115 more than the standard Crown Vic.” The 365-horsepower V6 is the same found in the performance-tuned Taurus SHO. An optional all-wheel drive system will also be available.

The result is a better-performing police car. “Ford’s new police car can endure a rear-end crash at 75 m.p.h., easily jump curbs and accelerate twice as fast as Ford's outgoing iconic Crown Victoria Police Interceptor,” says the Detroit Free Press.

However, the competition is tough. “The Taurus-based cop car will have to compete against the Dodge Charger cruiser, which looks good and is plenty fast with the available Hemi, and the Chevrolet Caprice, another rear-driver which is pretty much a Pontiac G8 in all but name (and civilian availability),” writes Edmunds.

Ford will cease production on the old Police Interceptor in late 2011 and begin introducing the new Taurus-based model in 2012.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Update 4- Fairfield Officer Shot 5 times

They caught him!!! looking at 30+ years..

Ballistics match leads to arrest in Fairfield police officer shooting

By Star-Ledger Staff

March 14, 2010, 11:16AM
When Union Township police picked up a Nutley man for allegedly firing random shots outside a Route 22 liquor store last month, they seized his handgun and sent it to a ballistics lab.

The gun — a Ruger 9 mm — landed on a long list of weapons awaiting routine testing. For nearly four weeks, it sat in a cardboard box in a file cabinet at Union County Police Headquarters in Westfield as the lab worked through the backlog of low-profile cases.
Fairfield Police Chief Charles Voelker at Saturday's press conference following the arrest of Preye Roberts, who was charged with shooting off-duty Fairfield Police Officer Gerald Veneziano on Jan. 30. Essex County Acting Prosecutor Robert Laurino is at right.

But when police finally got around to testing the firearm Thursday, they quickly realized the Ruger was no ordinary gun. A nationwide ballistics database identified it as the weapon used in the high-profile January shooting of a Fairfield police officer.

“It drew the needle out of a haystack,” said Sgt. Michael Sandford, a member of the Union County ballistics team.

Yesterday, prosecutors charged Preye L. Roberts, 24, with attempted murder for allegedly shooting police officer Gerald Veneziano Jan. 30 in a Fairfield parking lot following what police called a road rage incident.

The shooting, which left Veneziano with gun shot wounds to the head, chest and leg, was investigated for weeks by a team of local and state law enforcement officials. It was the ballistics testing of the gun in the unrelated Union Township shooting that finally helped break the case, investigators said. “Projectiles and shell casings are almost as significant as fingerprints,” said State Police Sgt. Jeff Kronenfeld, one of the investigators on the case.

Police used the Integrated Ballistics Identification System, a computer database shared by law enforcement officers around the country, to link the gun in the Union case to the shell casings found where Veneziano was shot.


Veneziano, of Belleville, remains in stable condition at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, recovering from his injuries. On Friday night, investigators went to the facility to show photos of Roberts to Veneziano, who identified him as the man who shot him in January, police said.

Law enforcement officials said Roberts and Veneziano did not know each other before the alleged shooting.
preye.jpgPreye L. Roberts was arrested in connection with the shooting of a Fairfield officer.

Prosecutors said investigators also linked Roberts to the Fairfield case because he was allegedly renting a black Dodge Caliber with a “W” in the license plate at the time of the shooting. Veneziano had previously told police his assailant was driving a black SUV with a “W” in the license plate.

Roberts was charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, prosecutors said. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

Roberts is being held at the Union County Jail in Elizabeth, police said. Bail was set at $100,000 for the Route 22 shooting and an additional $500,000 for the Fairfield shooting.

Neighbors in Nutley yesterday described Roberts as a mature young man from a good family. He lives with his parents and two sisters, neighbors said.

“Ten years ago when we moved into the neighborhood, he was the first one in the family to introduce himself,” said Mike Treshock, a neighbor.

No one answered the door yesterday at either Roberts’ or Veneziano’s houses, which are about 1.5 miles apart on similar tree-lined streets in middle class neighborhoods in Nutley and Belleville.

Investigators said it remains unclear what sparked the alleged Jan. 30 road rage incident between Roberts and Veneziano.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino said investigators have yet to get a full account of the road rage incident from Veneziano, whose jaw remains wired shut as he recovers in the rehabilitation institute.
“We’re going to debrief him, hopefully, in the next few weeks,” Laurino said. “It all depends on the medical team.”

Calls to Veneziano’s attorney were not returned yesterday.


Immediately after the shooting, Veneziano told investigators he was driving to work in his silver Volkswagen Passat when a black SUV began following him from Clifton into Fairfield.

The two cars eventually pulled into a parking lot a few blocks from Fairfield police headquarters, where Veneziano told investigators he identified himself as a police officer and confronted the occupant of the other car.

Veneziano — who was not in uniform and not wearing a bullet proof vest — was shot six times. He returned fire, shooting 13 rounds from his service weapon before collapsing, police said.

Two weeks later, Union Township police responded to a report of someone firing shots outside Aarti’s World Discount Liquors on Route 22 in Union Township. The store’s owners said the gunman shot the store’s video surveillance camera and a 1997 black Cadillac with a “for sale” sign. A local police officer had asked to leave the car in the parking lot a few days before, the store’s owners said.

Police arrested Roberts at the scene around 1:41 a.m., said Union Township police director Dan Zieser.
Officers found the Ruger 9 mm gun in his jacket pocket, Zieser said. The weapon was fully loaded with eight rounds, including one ready to fire in the chamber, according to police. Roberts also was carrying 19 loose bullets in another pocket. Officers recovered seven spent shell casings at the scene.


Sandford, a Union County police officer who worked on the case, said the ballistics team performed an “operability study” on the gun that included firing test shots into a water tank. They used the test shots and the shell casings from the scene to ensure that only one gun was used in the Union Township shooting.

Sandford said the team also analyzed the grooves inside the barrel of the 9 mm and the distinctive pattern it left on the bullets. All of the evidence eventually linked the gun to the shell casings in the Fairfield case through the Integrated Ballistic Identification System, which tracks digital images of “bullet fingerprints” used in crimes around the country.

“The IBIS system worked exactly how it was supposed to work,” Sandford said. “They connected the dots.”

By Sharon Adarlo and Kelly Heyboer
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