St. Paul police pick Crown Victoria replacement

The demise of the standard Crown Victoria as a police cruiser has departments across Minnesota looking for replacements. Here’s St. Paul’s selection, Ford’s new Taurus-based squad car.

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This is one of the first couple the department has acquired according to public information officer, Sgt. Paul Paulos. He says it’s a commander’s car, so it isn’t fully fitted out for patrol. But it hit the street yesterday for the Twin Cities Marathon — this one was parked at Grand and Cleveland, a block from the action.

The department also has several Ford Explorer-based squads in the shop, getting rigged out for duty.