A police department in Arizona has equipped its fleet with two Ford F-150 SVT Raptors for use in the desert near the U.S.-Mexico border.When we first drove Ford's F-150 SVT Raptor last year in the California desert, Ford Motor Company told us it had already received interest from local and federal governments about purchasing trucks for police use.
Ford told us that the United States Border Patrol expressed interest in using the off road racing-oriented Raptor to patrol the desert in Southern California and, especially, in Arizona, but we've yet to see a Raptor actually outfitted for police duty - until now.
The Yuma, Arizona, County Sheriff's Department might not be the first such agency to give a Raptor the blue-and-red treatment, but it's the first we've seen.
"We purchased two 2010 Raptor Ford pickup trucks (utilizing the department of homeland security Stone garden Funding) that are factory equipped to handle the rough and rugged terrain along the border," the Sheriff's Office wrote as part of a police vehicle design contest entry announcing its Raptors.
The agency added extra off road lights and front and rear tracking lights under the rock rail running boards, as well as a roof-mounted flasher setup. Otherwise, the Raptor looks mostly stock.
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