#SirennetStreetReporter Anthony Chang sent us 2 photos of Honolulu PD vehicles last week, and his reporting was so thorough we felt we had to share it on the blog.
The first photo features a Ford Taurus Police Interceptor with full HPD markings and logos.
Admitting that he could be mistaken, Chang spotted a Liberty II lightbar, Mirror-Beams with ION lightheads in blue, as well as blue ION lightheads on the sides below the vehicle number, and white IONs in the Setina push-bumper, all from Whelen Engineering.
“There also seems to be white LINZ6 lightheads on the side of the push-bumper. At the back, the lighting package is finished off with Vertexes mounted in the brake light and reverse light housings, along with a pair of SpitFire SFP1s on the rear deck. There’s also a siren speaker mounted on the push-bumper, and I suspect there’s a Howler since I’ve heard the lower tone siren from these Police Interceptors before,” Chang writes.
Chang also sent in a snapshot of an unmarked Toyota 4Runner, which can be used as both for personal and patrol purposes by some HPD officers. These lucky officers get to choose what car they want from an approved list featuring the Toyota Camry, Dodge Charger, Nissan Altima, and the Nissan Murano, among others. Most officers tend to go with the Toyota 4Runner or Toyota Camry.
When it comes to lighting, Chang says most rigs feature Whelen products. “4Runners and other subsidized vehicles use the permanent mount version of the Whelen Responder LP Mini. At the back, a Whelen Dual Avenger is either mounted on the deck or to the headliner. Officers are also free to add on a dash light, surface-mount lightheads, and/or hideaway strobes,” writes Chang.
“Although the permanent mount version of the Responder is used, the mini bars are actually mounted to a custom-built crossbar that clamps to the door jamb of subsidized vehicles. The wiring for the bar is then run through the door jamb, just like you would with a magnet mount light. The crossbar is removable, allowing officers to dismount the Responder when they’re off-duty.”
Thanks again for all the information and photos, Anthony! We’ll just be sitting here picturing ourselves on the beach in Honolulu with our tricked out 4Runner parked somewhere nearby.