1988: Indiana State Police launch high-performance vehicle fleet with Ford Mustang

Posted at 1:29 PM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 13:29:30-04

INDIANAPOLIS --  The Indiana State Police began to rein in speeders with a new tool 30 years ago this month. 

ISP unveiled its high-performance patrol vehicle fleet on June 30, 1988. The stable consisted of 20 unmarked Ford Mustangs capable of going zero-60 mph in under 10 seconds.

"The main thing is performance. It handles a lot better. It's got a heavy-duty suspension; the acceleration's a lot better. It's going to make the pursuit shorter. Sure, it's going to be fun. I think there's going to be a lot of people surprised," said one trooper.

The Indiana State Police purchased more Mustangs in 1989. They continued to be the performance car of choice until 1991 when ISP sent the Mustangs to pasture in favor of the Chevrolet Camaro. The Camaros were used until 2003. 

The Ford Mustang made a comeback in 2008 when the Indiana State Police purchased 18 unmarked cars.

Ford Mustangs are still used today with traffic enforcement. 

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