The Tehama County office of the California Highway Patrol is in the process of receiving 14 new Ford police interceptor utility vehicles which will be replacing Ford’s Crown Victorias, which have been discontinued.
The look of the California Highway Patrol is changing statewide.
The Tehama County CHP said they started training yesterday to prepare their officers for the new vehicles.
"It handles a little bit differently in certain situations and that’s the training that we were doing out here to give our officers the experience of feeling the car as it responds," said Sgt. Jerry Gillespie.
Today the vehicles were driven at full speed. Officers were required to park the car, and drive through cones, the goal was to not to hit any of them. The SUV’s brakes were also tested.
Officer Matthew Thompson got to drive the new utility vehicle today and said he can feel the difference.
"The car senses that loss of control it’s gonna activate these features and make your recovery time a lot faster," said Officer Thompson.
Thompson said those new features are crucial, especially during the winter season.
"Adverse weather, snow, rain, ice these are all features that help keep us a lot safer while driving a vehicle," said Thompson.
All CHP divisions and offices will be transitioning to these cars in different time blocks .