The British crime thriller, The Sweeney, was centered around two cops tooling around in an unmarked, blacked-out, five-door, Ford Focus ST. It's only logical, then, that Ford serve pent-up demand for a true police-spec Focus ST.

Reporting for official duty is the Ford Focus ST estate, complete with full cop livery, LED light bar and a mobile data terminal.

Ford says the 2.0-liter 252-horsepower EcoBoost can propel pursuing police to 60 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds and top out at 154 mph.

The one-off demonstrator was paraded out at the National Association of Police Fleet Managers' (NAPFM) Conference and Blue Light Fleet Exhibition in Peterborough recently.

"With the Ford Focus ST being seen so publicly on cinema screens nationwide, the timing for this 'official' version couldn't be better," said Terry Adams, Ford's Direct Sales Manager for Police, Fire & Ambulance in the press release. "At the NAPFM show we displayed the car's crime-fighting talents to police transport managers and took bookings for demonstrations."

Read the full press release below.

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COP THIS! FORD TRANSFORMS ALL-NEW FOCUS ST INTO POLICE DEMONSTRATOR

Brentwood, Essex, 23 October, 2012 – Following its movie debut in the UK crime thriller The Sweeney, the all-new Ford Focus ST has taken on its next starring role – this time as an official police patrol vehicle.

While the five-door hot hatch used by Flying Squad detectives Regan and Carter was unmarked, this estate version gets the full law enforcement livery.

The one-off demonstrator has been developed and engineered at Ford Special Vehicle Preparations (SVP) in Earls Colne, Essex. Equipped as a compact traffic car, it meets the latest National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) standards for fast response vehicles inside and out. The light bar on the roof is all-LED, and the dashboard is fitted with a mobile data terminal (MDT) and screen to illustrate the Focus ST's versatility for multi-role police use.

The car appeared at the National Association of Police Fleet Managers' Conference and Blue Light Fleet Exhibition (NAPFM) in Peterborough.

Terry Adams, Ford's Direct Sales Manager for Police, Fire & Ambulance, commented: "With the Ford Focus ST being seen so publicly on cinema screens nationwide, the timing for this 'official' version couldn't be better. At the NAPFM show we displayed the car's crime-fighting talents to police transport managers and took bookings for demonstrations."

Also available for the public to buy, the all-new Ford Focus ST comes in five vibrant colours including Tangerine Scream and Spirit Blue.

The car's 2.0-litre 250PS EcoBoost engine means it can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 154 mph. The hatchback is priced from £21,995 with the estate costing from £23,095.


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      dss10
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know, wagons don't sell and a hot wagon which would be even better will never sell......
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dss10
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          creamwobbly
          • 2 Years Ago
          dss10 -- he said "not". So you agree with him, ya daft sod.
      Davey Hiltz
      • 20 Days Ago

      I'll be honest, I think cop cars should at least look a little more intimidating. I suppose to each his own, I don't work the policies that they have. I just got some lights on my car though that really makes it stand out. Sure, I'm more noticeable, but it's that much bigger as well.

       https://ledequipped.com/index.php/emergency-led-light-bars.html 

      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish police in the US had these instead. For one, it would save us money. Plus there's the added benefit of being FWD, easy to drive, and a little friendlier. Then again, we all know the only way departments would buy a car like this in the US if they added some spikes, some skulls, and big crash bars.
        Benjamin Roethig
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        I don't know much this would save. Police in the UK are very specialized. There are four different tiers of cars and officers to do what a North American patrol car does: Panda (beat car, not to be used in emergency response or pursuit), Intermediate, area, and traffic. The Focus does the Panda/Intermediate role and is would be considered more SSV than pursuit. Plus the FWD cars tend to not hold up as well.
          Nick Allain
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Benjamin Roethig
          There's not a huge need for every car in the US to be a pursuit vehicle with a V8. It's plain excessive. I live in New England where I've seen tens of police Crown Vic's in the woods, gaurdrails, and telephone poles during snowstorms. Not to mention the time I nearly saw a wreck during a rainstorm when an officer entered a corner as if he was driving a focus. Not to mention for detail assignments, these would be totally adequate.
          creamwobbly
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Benjamin Roethig
          Nick's absolutely right. Those same roles exist here in the US. One size does not fit all. (Well, unless you're talking about their arsecheeks.)
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        I don't know how much money it would save unless you would know how much this would actually go for here. Can't look at production car variants. For example, a new police version of a Charger with the Hemi costs about 26k to a department, vs. a civilian Charger RT being in the low 30's range. Not saying the Focus wouldn't be cheaper then but theres no way of knowing how much Ford would command for such a version here.
      howzz1854
      • 2 Years Ago
      i am sure that looks really terrifying in the rear view mirror.
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @howzz1854
        See, in civilized countries, the police are engaged in the work of "policing", not intimidation.
      StevieJacks
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty sure Ford didn't make the Focus in the 70s when the Sweeney was on TV. And on the day when Ford have potentially cost the UK tens of thousands of jobs, this is a pretty insensitive article anyway.
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @StevieJacks
        Thanks for the heads up on the real news. http://www.channel4.com/news/uk-ford-plants-to-close-with-hundreds-of-job-losses Mind you, this was on the cards for a while -- the Transit has been produced in Turkey for a while, and I suppose they're ramping up production for US Export now (after closing down the Econoline production here).
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Won't be catching anything too serious.....
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      ShrinerMonkey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pardon me...
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