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Last updated on Thursday, May 22, 2008
(INDIANAPOLIS) - State police are bringing back their souped-up unmarked cars after a 3-year absence.
18 Mustangs with extra horsepower in the engines will patrol the three or four most crash-prone roads in each county. State police used Camaros for that job for more than a decade, until budget cuts and the demise of the Camaro itself killed the program in 2005.
With ISP back at full financial and staffing strength, Superintendent Paul Whitesell says one trooper in each district will be assigned a Mustang. The department will monitor what happens to accident rates, leaving the door open to scale back or expand the program.
Whitesell says the cars themselves only cost about 200 dollars more than a regular patrol car. So many troopers applied to drive one that commanders had to pick the assignments out of a hat.
The new "Wolfpack" includes several returnees from the Camaro squad, who say it's the most fun they ever had on the job.
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