|The Kiel Police
Department currently has (3) Dodge Charger police vehicles in
service as patrol vehicles. Two of the Chargers (2015 & 2013
models) are fully equipped police vehicles and serve as our primary
patrol vehicles. We also have a back-up (2012) squad that is
minimally equipped and serves as a back-up vehicle for use when
needed for training, special events, and/or when one of the primary
squads is being serviced.
Each of our Dodge
Charger police vehicles have the 5.7L V-8 HEMI engine, which is
equipped with a Multi-Displacement System (MDS). The system
shuts down 4 of the 8 cylinders during normal driving conditions,
conserving fuel while still providing exceptional performance when
needed in emergency situations. In addition, the Chargers also
have the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) which alternates
power distribution for the rear drive wheels when operating on wet,
snow, and/or icy road conditions. With snow tires on the rear
drive wheels, our Chargers handle very well, even in deep snow.
Not as well as a 4X4 vehicle, but better than many other police
vehicles. The ESP allows us excellent maneuverability, even in
the slickest road conditions.
The exceptional acceleration, braking, and
cornering abilities make the Dodge Charger excel in a city
environment, allowing our officers to quickly and safely maneuver to
emergency calls. Overall, our police department is quite
pleased with the performance and durability of the Dodge Charger as
a police vehicle.