Dodge Chargers Join Georgia State Patrol Fleet

April 4, 2007

NEWS RELEASE

(ATLANTA) – Trooper First Class Stephen Langham of the Georgia State Patrol post in Cartersville holds the distinction now of being the first Georgia State Trooper to have a 2007 Dodge Charger assigned as his patrol vehicle.  Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, presented Langham with the keys to the new pursuit vehicle at DPS Headquarters in Atlanta last week.

      With the issuance of the Charger, the Georgia State Patrol joins the list of law enforcement agencies across the country incorporating the vehicle into their fleet.  The Georgia State Patrol has purchased 107 of the 2007 Dodge Chargers in four different colors and each will be marked for patrol in the traditional GSP orange lettering.

      “Troopers across the state tested the Dodge and offered their input before the decision was made to purchase the vehicle,” Colonel Hitchens said.  “We wanted to make sure the vehicle was suited for our needs while patrolling and it met that challenge.”

      Colonel Hitchens noted that once the vehicles are prepared for patrol duty at the Department of Public Safety Headquarters Garage in Atlanta, they will be dispatched for patrol duty across the state as older vehicles are taken off the road.

     The vehicle has a fully electronic five-speed automatic transmission and an Electronic Stability Program with Emergency Brake Assist, All-speed Traction Control and a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System.  A longer wheelbase on the Charger provides for a more secure and balanced ride with better stability.

      “Safety is the number one concern anytime you consider a vehicle for law enforcement use,” Colonel Hitchens said.  “The Dodge Charger features enhanced safety and crash protection technology that are vital to our troopers’ safety.” 

      The new Charger costs slightly less than the Ford Crown Victoria that comprises the majority of the GSP fleet.  Plans are to purchase additional Dodge Chargers in the coming year.

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Contact Information: 
S/Tpr. Larry Schnall, DPS Public Information Office - (404) 624-7597