Law enforcement agencies may now sink their teeth into a specially prepared version of the Ram pickup truck. The Special Services Police Truck is built to take the abuse that only police officers can throw at a vehicle with additional door supports to handle the weight of optional ballistic protection, a 220-amp alternator for added electronic gadgetry and a 390-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine.

Each truck is built with a unique wiring harness specifically engineered to endure the heavy loads of the radar, computer, lighting and radio equipment officers need in the field. Speaking of fields, this is one pursuit vehicle that can chase you anywhere you run thanks to the presence of a four-wheel-drive system.

Ram isn't saying how much the Special Services Police Truck will cost municipalities or whether or not regular-Joe buyers can tick the right boxes and get their own service truck. We do know that with 407 pound-feet of torque on tap and a 3.92 axle ratio, this vehicle will be plenty quick off of the line when it comes time to give unruly motorists a stern talking to. Hit the jump for the press release.
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Ram Truck Brand Offers Special Services Police Truck for Extreme Duty Cycles

• New Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 Special Service package offers special equipment to support police and other emergency services
• Additional door support allows for installation of ballistic material inside front doors
• Added Power Distribution Center (PDC) and 220-amp alternator supports high-amp drawing systems and accessories
• Package includes 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with 390 horsepower/407 lb.-ft. torque, 3.92 axle ratio and four-wheel-drive
• 5 year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty

Starting this month, Ram Truck will be offering a new Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 Special Service package for law enforcement and other emergency agencies through Chrysler Group Fleet sales. The newest Ram model features a selection of severe-duty-adapted equipment available on the 2012 Ram 1500 and several unique features.
Following the overwhelming approval of the Dodge Charger Pursuit by law enforcement and municipal administrators, the Ram 1500 package combines durability, reliability and value with an expedient solution for upfitting special equipment.

"Like the Ram Truck brand, first responders give it their all with guts and glory, and we're proud to offer a Ram truck that gives them the reliability and durability to get to the scene quickly and safely," said Fred Diaz, President and CEO of Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico - Chrysler Group LLC. "The Special Service package offers legendary Ram capability and a ready-to-go platform for the folks who require a truck they can depend on."

Made for extreme-duty cycles, emergency and municipal service trucks are sometimes left idling for extended periods of time. The Ram 1500 includes 100,000-mile sparkplugs and a larger oil cooler to protect the engine during the unforgiving stop-and-go operations associated with first responders.

"The Ram 1500 Special Service Truck has been engineered to handle the severe demands of Law Enforcement," said Peter Grady, Vice President of Network Development and Fleet, Chrysler Group LLC. "The same characteristics also make it and excellent choice for the Public Works, Maintenance, Engineering and Fire Departments. This package expands our portfolio of hardworking vehicles available to state and local governments."

To handle the high electric loads, the Ram 1500 Special Service Truck includes a 220-amp alternator. A unique wire harness is capable of providing power, ground and fusing for a variety of law enforcement lighting, siren, computer, modem, radar or camera systems. The package also includes a Power Distribution Center (PDC) with fusing and relays for circuits contained in the wire harness. The PDC is supplied from the battery with two separate 100-amp main fuses for camera, computer, modem and printer systems.

The unique instrument panel houses a certified speedometer with engine hour and idle hour meter and a 110-volt inverter. The truck is available with a full-face steering wheel, four key fobs and ten-way power front seats which quickly accommodate multiple drivers.
A special headliner with auxiliary dome lamp sits over stain-repellent cloth bucket seats in the first row and a vinyl bench in the second row. The center console is removed to add space for extra equipment and the shifter is located on the steering column.

The Ram 1500 Special Service truck is offered exclusively in a roomy Crew Cab configuration with 125 cubic feet of interior volume. Additional welds in the front door structures handle the weight of ballistic material used by law enforcement vehicle upfitters. The truck also is available with the popular RamBox storage system. RamBox measures 50.5 inches and offers 7.3 cubic feet of lockable and lighted storage capacity.

Powering the new package is the reliable 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 with Fuel Saver Technology, a six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive with standard ESC. The new model benefits from a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Steel wheels wrapped with Goodyear LT 265/70R17 tires offer improved cooling to the ABS equipped 13.2-inch front vented discs and 13.8 –inch discs in the rear. The innovative coil-spring rear suspension on the Ram 1500 has provides best-in-class ride and handling both on- and off-road.

A 3.92 axle ratio, 390 horsepower and 407 lb.-ft. of torque contribute to a towing capacity of 10,000 lbs., payload of 1,455 lbs. and a GCWR of 15,500 lbs.


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      csgill75
      • 3 Years Ago
      Police Pickups where I am have always been F-250 Crew cabs Diesel's. This could be a cheaper alternative
      • 3 Years Ago
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        The_Zachalope
        • 3 Years Ago
        Can't tell if trolling or just stupid...
          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The_Zachalope
          It's hard to tell. He sounds even more stupid than the normal troll. To suggest that the Ridgeline is a better off road alternataive to...anything is ridiculous. Also suggesting that it's not suitable for off roading because it's a pick up is also stupid. Not sure if that's ignorance due to never actually off roading or what. I know plenty of people with Tacomas, and any other truck(before even getting into Power Wagons and Raptors) that would greatly differe with your statement.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ridgeline? LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rather have a Raptor :)
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        This isn't competing with the Border Patrol's F-150...
          Luke
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Okay then: I'd rather have an EcoBoost. It'll outrun the 5.7, return better fuel economy, and Ford's the the PPV d-o-w-n. Oh, and it has LOTS more overhead.
          Rampant
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Outrun it huh? Check this out then. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqCh658qG7g
          Tolitz Rosel
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          @Rampant ... lame video, the one in the white van didn't even seem to care, hence the late start ;)
      Christopher Carey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Want a reason why? How about a big V-8, tons more interior room to store bad guys and equipment, full frame, lockable storage out rear, and comes with room between the seats for equipment. I just bought a crew and walked out at least $10k under MSRP not counting the nice trade. So for the price of a POS Impala you can store more stuff and get more traction and still use the frame straightener should you bend it up. It's the new equivalent to a Crown Vic without the suck. Oh yeah EcoBoost sees nothing but tail-lights from my Ram anemic little shitty motors that will blow seals at 60k miles.
        Tolitz Rosel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher Carey
        yes, because cops drag-race all the time and V8 is synonymous to big penis
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        Services like Border Patrol and police departments in more rural/desert areas might need a truck that can go off road and this would probably be quite a bit cheaper/lighter than the SUVs available. Also, sometimes Police officers need to transport things like cones and traffic barrels to a crash site or something along those lines. I'm sure there are other uses that I'm not thinking about right now but I know I've seen them get used.
          Making11s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike D
          So governments buy pickup trucks when they need Jeeps?
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am really not seeing the point of this. At all.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do so few people question how the police spend OUR money? Most police fleets don't have a single vehicle in them that averages over 20 MPG. Have you ever seen a cop car that wasn't speeding or rabbiting away from a stop light? "F*** you, taxpayer. Here's a fine to go along with me wasting your money."
        Aaron Koehne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        it really depends on how the vehicle is driven, but also how much equipment is on board...like the Crown Vic has a curb weight of around 4,100 lbs. with no police equipment, and when all police equipment has been installed, the curb weight jumps to around 4,700 lbs and more when you have a full tank of gas and people in the car (2 cops up front and 2 suspect in the back)..(the equipment I'm referring to?: on the outside: a push-bar, 1 to 2 spotlights, an lightbar on the roof, alpr cameras on the roof or trunk, antenna's on the roof and trunk [all of which actually reduces the car's aerodynamics, hence reducing fuel economy]...on the inside; a prisoner partition that separates the front seats from the back, a steel center console that holds the control heads for the lights/siren, radios, scanners, as well as the laptop computer or other computer system, the shotgun and rifle mounts that are mounted in the front of the prisoner partition between the front seats...and then there's the trunk: containing lots of other emergency equipment [first aid equipment, road cones, spare tire, jack, riot gear, etc] not to mention all the electronics for the lights, siren, radio, scanner, and computer that is mounted in the trunk)...and when cops get hot calls, they do NOT take their sweet little time tryin' to get from where they're at to where the call is and will haul ass to get there (I know, I've been on 4 police ride-alongs so far, all of them in Crown Vic's)...but when everything is quiet, normal driving is what goes on until the next hot call comes...but the biggest why most police vehicles are guzzlers is because they're left running all the time to keep the battery alive since all the electrical equipment is wired to the car battery, and if all the electrical equipment (mainly the radio, scanner, and emergency lights) is still running while the car is turned off, the battery will be drained to death
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      i don't know about police NEEDING this, but Border Patrol and Fish & Game departments might find it useful. For cops there's always another one within seconds from you, but for game wardens there might not be another one within your entire county. Having all the resources you might need could come in real handy for those guys.
        Luke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Border Patrol has found the Raptor quite useful....
      Shane Gardner
      • 3 Years Ago
      There hasn't been a new Service Truck for Law Enforcement for some time so this is no surprise.
      carcrazed4life
      • 3 Years Ago
      So a police spec Ram Truck before a police spec Durango to challenge the Explorer??? Regardless, I bet this is pretty similar to the tradesman with just a few more police duty items...
        wilkegm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @carcrazed4life
        My guess is that Jefferson North has plenty of work load, without selling lower profit margin police units. It will happen eventually, but not until sales of the CC, Durango, and the upcoming Wagoner soften a bit.
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