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1991 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor - Class B
Changes in body styles and advances in vinyl graphics caused many agencies to rethink their vehicle designs in the early 1990s. The Minnesota State Patrol was no exception. Work was underway to develop a graphics package that would not only continue a strong link between tradition and the future, but also provide for trooper safety through rapid identification and the introduction of side reflectivity. The design had to be an aesthetically strong complement to the shape and design anticipated for vehicles over the course of the next decade. The design had to be cost effective and in compliance with Minnesota Statutes regarding color and marking of police vehicles.
In the end, it came down to a choice between the two designs shown in these artists’ renderings. It becomes obvious through the photos on this page which design was selected. After a few revisions, the new design from the Grafix Shoppe of Eagan, Minnesota, was applied to the 1992 Ford Crown Victoria Interceptors and other vehicles beginning with the 1992 model year.
Artist's rendering of proposed graphics on 1992 Crown Victoria
Artist's rendering of selected graphics on 1992 Chevrolet Caprice
1992 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
1992 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor Class A
1994 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
1994 Ford CVPI - Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit
This unit served as a Trooper's cruiser in the Wadena area until February of 1997, when it was reissued to me as a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement unit. It was the first of the CVI units to wear graphics that matched the rest of the State Patrol fleet.
1994 Chevrolet Astro EXT - Commercial vehicle Enforcement Unit
1994 Pontiac Gran Prix GT Sedan
Every now and then the Minnesota State Patrol is asked to test vehicles. Such was the case with the 1994 Pontiac Gran Prix GT pictured above with Trooper P. Schmidt. The State Patrol used 22 of these specially marked units, all of them white, provided by General Motors. The evaluations conducted and data collected from the cars were used by GM to develop new transmissions and other components. These units were unique in that there were no production Gran Prix GT sedans for the 1994 model year. At the conclusion of the test period, the cars were returned to GM and, presumably, dismantled.
1995 Chevrolet Caprice - Class A
1995 Chevrolet Caprice w/Impala SS grille and rally wheels
1995 Chevrolet Caprice - Class C
1997 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor - Class B
1998 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor - Class A
1998 GMC Sierra 2500 - Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit
During 1997, there was extreme flooding in the Red River and Minnesota River Valleys in Minnesota. The State Patrol was scrutinized for not having vehicles capable of accessing areas experiencing just minor flooding. A way to gain some units that could potentially be used to navigate some disaster areas, the State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section opted to outfit Commercial Vehicle Inspectors with 4x4 pickup trucks. The units could be used for daily duties of hauling portable truck scales and inspection ramps, but could be deployed into disaster areas when needed, as well.
1999 Ford CVPI - Class A
For 1999, Ford began to cheapen the CVPI a little bit. The new grille was black, as are the door handles, although these items were available in a chrome finish with the Street Appearance Package. Unmarked units were treated to this package. The units were equipped with full wheel covers, which had the tendency to fall off with some regularity. This unit was retrofitted with hub caps and beauty rings. For 2000, the wheels on all maroon units would be adorned in this manner.