The Sheriff’s Department relieved the Suffolk County Police Department a while back of the duty of patrolling the Long Island Expressway. No longer were the drivers who sat on the LIE able to see the words ‘Suffolk Police’ in big bold letters sitting on the medians and side shoulders waiting for speeding violators of safety to spring out and write tickets. No, the blue and white guardians of safety in traffic and huge consumers of donuts were banished to the side streets and byways of little import. The sheriffs were the new guys in town.
So the Suffolk County Ford Crown Victoria was in a retirement mode. Just like drivers everywhere, of Crown Victorias, they the policemen and women who drove the Suffolk County police cars could be found sitting on benches at the local mall, wearing their pants up over their bellybuttons and sporting a pen holder in their shirt pocket, just like grandpa.
Then last week I read somewhere that they were coming back! Yes, the Suffolk County Police Department would once again ride the traffic congested freeway of commutation parking at slow speeds, cruising if you will from a donut shop to a LIE entrance ramp, sirens flashing and ticket books freshly delivered from the printers! Not only that, but they were now newer, sportier and leaner than ever in their new 2013 FORD INTERCEPTOR! Yes, just the sound of the word: ‘Interceptor’ conjuring up in one’s imagination the picture of the high flying chase of some poor unsuspecting teenager feeling his age, the air caressing his locks and a cigarette dangling from his lips to the loud rap that emanates from his music box!
They the county of Suffolk, have decided to retire instead the Crown Victoria, and revamping the boys in blue with a new and more aggressive look. The new Ford Interceptor is smaller, leaner, faster and more fuel efficient, and it dares any teeny bopper to out race the man behind the ‘Interceptor’.