The 2012 Ram Special Service pickup. Image: Chrysler Group LLC
Law enforcement isn’t a nine to five job, and the demands placed on first-responders can sometimes take them far off the beaten track. While police cruisers are meant to be tough (and, occasionally, very fast
) even the latest law enforcement offerings from Dodge
don’t offer the durability and capabilities of a pickup truck.
Enter the Ram 1500
Crew Cab 4x4 Special Service pickup, a truck designed to support the unique needs of police agencies and other first responders. Built for severe duty applications, the Ram Special Service even comes from the factory with additional door support to allow the use of ballistic panels.
A 220-amp alternator ensure that the Ram has enough power for radio systems and ancillary lights, and a 110 volt power inverter is built into the truck’s dashboard. The 5.7-liter, 390-horsepower Hemi V-8 is also designed for severe duty applications, and features a larger oil cooler and extended life spark plugs.
Inside, there’s 125 cubic-feet of interior volume, stain-resistant cloth seats for driver and passenger, and a vinyl bench seat in the rear. To accommodate communications and computer gear, the center console is deleted, and the shifter for the six-speed automatic is moved to the steering column.
Since it’s designed for law enforcement, all Special Service pickups come with a certified speedometer, and Ram includes both engine hour and idle hour meters to keep track of required maintenance.
Agencies can order the Ram Special Service pickup with the RamBox bed, which gives another 7.3 cubic feet of weatherproof and secure storage. RamBox compartments are lighted, and at 50.5 inches are long enough to accommodate even over-sized items.
All Special Service pickups come with a 3.92 axle ratio, which give the truck a 1,455 pound payload and a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds. The trucks are off-limits to civilians, but police agencies and other first responders can now order them through Chrysler Group Fleet Sales.