Ford has a long standing tradition of providing competent vehicles to law enforcement agencies around the globe, with factory-backed offerings such as the Police Interceptor, Police Interceptor Utility, and F-150 Police Responder the most recent in that lineup. At the same time, other Blue Oval models have also proven to be popular with police agencies, a list that includes the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which doesn’t have its own official police variant – at least not yet. Now, the Western Australian Police Force (WAPF) has added a handful of Ford Ranger pickups to its own fleet, but its supposed reasoning for doing so is a bit unorthodox, according to The Bell Tower Times, a satirical site based in that particular part of the world.
The Ford Ranger has long been an incredibly popular vehicle among law-abiding citizens in Australia, but as it turns out, the mid-size pickup has also proven to be the the model of choice for criminals, according to WAPF, a change that has occurred following the discontinuation of the Holden Commodore. “Our evidence which is now backed up by this study shows there is an overrepresentation of scumbag who choose to drive a Ford Ranger,” a WAPF spokesperson explained. “So we added them to our fleet to give our officers an edge, know thy enemy etc.”
Interestingly, it seems as if this little experiment is working great thus far, as driving around town in Ford Ranger pickups has police thinking like the people that they’re trying to capture and put behind bars, interestingly enough.
“After just a week driving in the Ranger I was seeing things I hadn’t noticed before,” an officer said. “For example, I’d look at an ATM and think – geez that’d be worth a tug, if I was a lowlife I’d be attaching a chain to that one and skulldragging it out. The cars were to help us think like a criminal not become one. I think it’s pure hubris to think you can just dabble in that level of rage and come out unscathed.”