The Evolution of the Police Car
The Police Package
After World War II, American automakers began bundling the special options most often ordered by police departments into a special police packages. Ford unveiled its police package in 1950, Chevrolet in 1955 and Dodge in 1956. These cars might have looked like their consumer counterparts, except for the fancy paint jobs and lights, but they were anything but ordinary. The sheet metal hid serious improvements to both performance and protection. Police cars became much tougher and more resilient than their regular street counterparts. In 1956, Chrysler’s first official police package was offered on Dodge Coronets. A year later, Dodge offered a package with the 325 Hemi engine, with a variety of performance enhancements and 310 horsepower.