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February 6, 2023
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Vintage cop cars to be in parade

Sheriff’s Lt. Karla Menzies has obtained these vintage Sheriff’s squad cars to participate in this Saturday’s Western Days parade. These cars are from the age of muscle cars and so should make a worthy addition to the procession. Lt. Menzies obtained the vehicles from the Sheriff’s car museum. According to the lieutenant here’s the story on The Green and White: When Sheriff John Duffy took office in 1971 he started having new patrol cars painted “Kelly Green” and white. Sheriff Duffy was proud of his Irish heritage. For 20 years, the Sheriff’s entire fleet of vehicles from patrol cars, to off-road vehicles, motorcycles, prisoner buses, mobile command or bomb/arson trucks, helicopters, etc. had this color.
Menzies told the paper: “This car is a 1989 Chevy Caprice and we have used it in parades and it has also been displayed at the Sheriff’s Museum in Old Town. Since the car was built in the 80s, it didn’t have electrical or computer components. It also didn’t have airbags. Everything is manual including the windows and locks. It can go 100 miles per hour and can catch speeding motorcyclists. When they were in service the green cars were so iconic people knew right away the Sheriff’s Department is on scene.”
The other San Diego Sheriff’s Department salmon colored patrol vehicle.
1966 Dodge Polara
SDSD Years in service 1966 to 1970
Color: Dusty Rose/Salmon
Top Speed: 129 mph
According to Lt. Menzies, “In 1965 the Sheriff’s Department utilized both the Plymouth Fury and Dodge Polara as patrol cars. They were utilized for several years. In 1966 Dodge received recognition for being the top police engine until 1978. In that year, it pumped out 364-HP and 480lb feet using a single carburetor and it was only available in the Polara Pursuit. The standard option in most cars at that time was a 330-HP 383, which took patrol cars from 0 to 60 in 7.7 seconds, despite their bulk.
She added, “While the Sheriff’s cars from the 1960’s may not be as instantly identified as the ‘green and white’ each vehicle used by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department was the top-of-the-line, gaining horse power and speed with each passing year.”

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