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New police cars hit the streets of Cherry Hill

Reporter Justin Gick learns about the new police cars in Cherry Hill.

Reporter Justin Gick learns about the new police cars in Cherry Hill.

Justin Gick '16, Editor-in-Chief

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This past September I had the opportunity to interview Police Officer Bill Ackerman of the Cherry Hill Police Department about the new 2012 Dodge Charger police cars.
Car Model
JG: What year and model is the car? OA: 2012 Dodge Charger JG: How fast does it go? What engine does it have and how many horse power? Officer Ackerman jokingly said “it goes the speed limit” The engine is a Hemi and it can go from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. JG: what other cars were you considering? OA: the Chevy Caprice police package and the Ford Taurus police package.
Car Features
JG: does it have special features that the Crown Victoria didn’t have? OA: a clear plastic barrier divides the vehicle into a single molded plastic seat in the back rear passenger side meant for prisoner transport. The seating area includes a drain for cleaning purposes. One of the cameras in the car is focused on the charger’s prisoner compartment. An officer can observe a person in custody in two ways from the in car computers monitor and by looking over their shoulder. JG: why is it black rather than the blue and white we’re all use to? OA: “We just wanted a different look, something more contemporary, also more of a classic look”. JG: How many cars do you have now? OA: 14 new cars. JG: are there undercover police cars too? Yes. JG: what gas mileage does it get? OA: “It’s not great it gets 19 mpg city and 31 mpg highway”.

The last question I asked officer Ackerman was did you trade in all of the old models or did you keep some? OA: “We lease vehicles as older models fade out”. I thanked officer Ackerman for letting me interview him and he let me sit in one of the new cars and I was amazed by all the technology this car had in it. While I was sitting in it I found something amusing in the brand new car, it already had an air freshener in it.

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Justin Gick '16, Editor-in-Chief

Justin Gick (senior) is the Editor-in-Chief of the Lion’s Roar. He started as a freshman staff writer and was given his own column called “Ask the...

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