The Ford F-150 truck is an iconic pickup that debuted in Ford’s vehicle lineup for the 1948 model year. This means that the Ford F-150 pickup truck has been available on the mainstream auto market for more than 70 years. It is currently in its 14th generation—which just began for the 2021 model year—and it is one of the top-selling and most recognizable trucks in the auto industry. 

The 2021 Ford F-150 is available with several different powertrain options—including four V6 engines and a 5.0-L V8 engine—and is designed to be the most productive and powerful F-150 that has ever been available on the mainstream auto market. It can tow up to 11,300 lbs. and currently offers a best-in-class payload capacity of 2,238 lbs. It is also designed with state-of-the-art tech and a variety of advanced safety and driver-assistance features that exceed industry standards. 

Overall, the 2021 Ford F-150 is an excellent truck for both standard consumer and commercial use. As of mid-March of 2021, Ford has introduced an all-new 2021 F-150 model that is built specifically for police use. 

History of Ford Police Cars 

Ford is no stranger to the process of designing and producing vehicles that are built specifically for police use. This major American automaker introduced its first police vehicle way back in 1950. While other automakers stepped in with their own vehicles for the American police force in the following decades, Ford has controlled more than half of the police vehicle market in the United States since 2014. 

The Ford Taurus sedan was once one of the most popular police vehicles in the U.S., but Ford stopped production of their Taurus after the 2007 model year. However, Ford has maintained its hold on the police vehicle market since then. A special version of the Ford Explorer SUV that is designed for police use only is currently the best-selling model in Ford’s vehicle lineup. 

The popularity of the Ford Explorer SUV as a police vehicle and now the introduction of the Ford F-150 pickup truck for police use is in line with the current trend in the auto industry of moving away from passenger sedans and toward more productive and purposeful vehicle models like SUVs and pickup trucks.

Ford Reveals the F-150 Police Responder 

In March of 2021, Ford revealed their latest project—the 2021 F-150 Police Responder pickup truck. The version of the F-150 pickup truck for police is very similar to the consumer-grade 2021 F-150 model, but it is designed with its own special features specifically for police use. 

The Ford F-150 police pickup truck model can drive at speeds of up to 120 MPH in order to aid police officers in their pursuits in cases when rapid car chases are required to catch up with potential lawbreakers. 

The F-150 Police Responder model is also designed with a police pickup model-specific police engine idle feature. This feature allows police officers to remove their keys from the ignition of their F-150 and leave the vehicle while keeping the engine of the pickup truck running with the touch of a single button. Police officers can use this unique feature to exit their vehicle and keep its engine running while still holding its keys in their hands in order to keep their vehicle secure and prevent theft. 

Many police forces have their own special and specific console designs to be placed between the driver’s seat and the front passenger seat. The F-150 Police Responder pickup truck is available without a front console in order to allow different police forces to install their own front consoles without having to worry about removing the F-150’s standard console. 

Certain features that are available in the consumer-grade 2021 F-150 truck improve the functionality of the F-150 as a model for police officers. All 2021 F-150 truck models—including both the consumer-grade F-150 and the F-150 Police Responder pickup—feature remote connectivity and data analysis, both of which make the F-150 more functional and efficient as a police truck and allow police forces to keep track of both running costs for their officers’ trucks and their officers’ driving habits on the road.