2015 Chevrolet Silverado Could Be Your Town's Next Cop Car

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GM's introducing a Special Service Vehicle variant of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado for police use, so now you've got another headlight pattern to get paranoid about.

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The Silverado SSV doesn't have any particularly insane ass-busting features like high-speed deployable spike strips or EMP launchers. And obviously, it's not quite as cool as the Silverado Firefighter concept. A 170 amp alternator, big auxiliary battery, and extra switches to control all the gadgets cops love to get donut crumbs on are the main attractions.

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Chevy's also making a "common key" option so police departments can operate all their GM products with the same key, so that's kinda neat.

Municipalities will be able to Silverado SSVs pre-fitted with other law enforcement gear they often get from the aftermarket:

  • Spotlamp – driver or driver and passenger
  • Wiring for grille, lamp and sirens
  • Flasher system for headlamps and taillamps
  • Common key package
  • Vinyl rear seats
  • Front center seat delete
  • Auxiliary dome lamp
  • Electronic four-wheel-drive switch
  • Daytime running lamps delete
  • Rear-vision camera

The town I grew up in had a Ford F-150 crew cab when I was in high school, and I've seen plenty of Tahoes in New York State Police livery. But I can't remember ever seeing a GM pickup wearing The Shield. Are police trucks more common where you live?

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DISCUSSION

Anyone care to explain why police need big pickups that guzzle fuel if the job is simply "patrol"? Sure, if they're in a rural area that needs 4WD or if they carry some bulky piece of law enforcement equipment (?), some *may* need it. Otherwise I'm not too thrilled to see yet more waste from our overly-militarized police forces whose equipment fetishes constantly lead to unnecessary expenditures.