The Ford Focus ST has already proven itself as a capable police car on the silver screen, serving as the regular runabout for cops in The Sweeney movie. So it should come as no surprise to learn that the ST has also been turned into a real life police car that’s being flogged to police forces across the country.
A one-off Ford Focus ST estate police demonstrator has been developed and engineered by Ford Special Vehicles Preparations (SVP) in Essex for use as a compact police traffic car. The car, which features full police livery, meets all the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) standards for a ‘fast response vehicle’ and is being shown off at the National Association of Police Fleet Managers’ Conference and Blue Light Fleet Exhibition (NAPFM) in Peterborough.
In theory, the Focus ST estate would make a fabulous Police car. It uses a 2.0-litre 250PS EcoBoost engine that helps it accelerate from a standstill to 62mph in 6.5 seconds, and goes onto a top speed of 154mph, so it should prove quicker than anything most perps have access to.
Not only is it fast, it can accommodate all the necessary kit to help cops maintain contact with each other and the outside world. Its police light bar on the roof is an all-LED affair, the dashboard is fitted with a mobile data terminal (MDT) and screen to facilitate communication and workload management and – obviously – space for handcuffs, pepper spray, guns and whatever else cops need to lay the ever-loving justice down wrongdoers.
Terry Adams, Ford’s Direct Sales Manager for Police, Fire & Ambulance, commented: “With the Ford Focus ST being seen so publicly on cinema screens nationwide, the timing for this ‘official’ version couldn’t be better. At the NAPFM show we displayed the car’s crime-fighting talents to police transport managers and took bookings for demonstrations.”
Check out our review of the standard Focus ST hatchback and keep an eye on your rear view mirror for the policified estate model.