Ford has announced plans to offer greater levels of ballistic protection on the Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility. Designed to keep police offers safe, the factory-equipped vehicles are the first "pursuit-rated" police vehicles in the United States to offer ballistic protection up to Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice standard Type IV. This effectively means the ballistic panels can resist a variety of different rounds including .30 caliber armor-piercing bullets.

Ford has announced plans to offer greater levels of ballistic protection on the Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility.

Designed to keep police offers safe, the factory-equipped vehicles are the first "pursuit-rated" police vehicles in the United States to offer ballistic protection up to Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice standard Type IV.  This effectively means the ballistic panels can resist a variety of different rounds including 0.30 caliber armor-piercing bullets.

Ford concedes the number of shootouts involving high-powered, armor-piercing rifle ammunition is low but the company says they are unfortunately becoming more common.  The automaker also notes higher levels of ballistic protection have been one of the biggest requests from officers.

Type IV ballistic protection will be offered as an option on both Police Interceptor models.  There's no word on pricing but Ford says the Type IV panels will be positioned "above and beyond" the Type III panels which are currently available. 

The Type III panels are rated to protect against all handgun and non-armor piercing rounds up to 0.30 caliber as well as "special threat rounds" identified by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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