My family and I spent a year in Rochester Minnesota in 2001 could not believe the electronics inside these cars
1991 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor - Class B
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
1995 Chevrolet Caprice - Class A
1995 Chevrolet Caprice w/Impala SS grille and rally wheels
1995 Chevrolet Caprice - Class C
1995 Pontiac Gran Prix GT Sedan
Every now and then the Minnesota State Patrol is asked to test vehicles. Such was the case with the 1995 Pontiac Gran Prix GT pictured above with Trooper P. Schmidt. The State Patrol used ten 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 1995 model year. At the conclusion of the test period, the cars were returned to GM and, presumably, dismantled.
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.