Chevy Caprice new choice for Mass. police

The cruisers will be purchased and rolled out as needed as the department replaces about half of the front-line fleet of cruisers


By Robert Mills
Lowell Sun

LOWELL, Mass. — Starting this fall, the look of police cruisers in Lowell will begin to change dramatically as the department begins buying 2013 Chevrolet Caprice police-patrol vehicles now that the ubiquitous Ford Crown Victoria is out of production.

The "Crown Vics" that have been patrolling the streets for years are no longer being made, so Lt. Timothy Crowley, commander of the department's Traffic Bureau, along with mechanic Koule Tsouprakos, spent 18 months testing and evaluating possible replacements.

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