While the Chrysler Group doesn't offer a police car version of the new 2013 Dodge Dart, the Detroit carmaker liked the idea proposed by the Belvidere Police Department that wanted to drive a locally made car as an escort today on their way to the Boone County Food Pantry.
The specially-made Dart patrol car, which comes complete with an overhead light bar and Belvidere Police Department graphics on the sides, led a convoy of Chrysler Group vehicles loaded with food for Thanksgiving Day dinners.
“The Belvidere Police Department wanted to drive what’s built in their town by their own citizens,” said Peter Grady, Vice President of Network Development & Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. “This was a terrific opportunity to support the Belvidere police and continue to foster our longtime partnership with this city and region.”
The Belvidere Police Department said it will provide Chrysler Group with feedback on the uses for the test vehicle, with the Detroit automaker stating that it will use that feedback to decide on whether non-patrol Dodge Dart police cars can be marketed to other law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
According to Grady, around 20 percent of law enforcement fleet cars "typically are non-patrol vehicles used by detectives, police administrators, and other police department personnel".