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Vehicle usage by state and agency:

 

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Special Service Mustang usage by State Police, Highway Patrol, and Federal Agencies

By Charles Ricks

 

     The following table represents years of research, yet it is still a work in progress. Much information remains to be discovered. In some cases, better sources of information will come to light and the data will change. However, this table represents the best information available at this time on the usage of Special Service Mustangs by state and federal authorities.

     How is this information useful? It can be a part of the puzzle in helping to determine if a given car served with a given agency. It can also help to gauge the relative rarity of a given car. At this time, it appears that somewhat over half of the 15,000 (estimated-not verified.) SS Mustangs made served with statewide agencies. It also vividly points out that there is not an endless supply of SS Mustangs. Many were crashed in service, and many more survived years of police duty only to be wrecked or scrapped after being sold at auction. These cars are only going to become more collectible as the years go by.

     If you have any information to add to this table, whether new data or possible corrections to existing data, please contact me at

     Thanks, Charles Ricks

Key:

( ) See notes below regarding that state or agency.
F Denotes probable first year Mustangs were used.
0 Denotes no Mustangs used that year.
X Denotes Mustangs used that year, but numbers unknown.
" " Blank space means Mustangs may have been used, but we don’t know yet.
. .
. Under the "Used?" column –
Yes Denotes Mustangs were used, but number and years unknown.
No Denotes Mustangs were not used.
XX A number in this column is the total number of Mustangs used by that agency.

Usage Numbers:

.

Used?

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

Alabama State Troopers (1)

31

0

0

0

0

0

0

31

0

0

0

0

0

Alaska State Troopers

No

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Arizona Highway Patrol (2)

186 appr.

0

13

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

13

0

Arkansas State Police (3)

2-3?

. . . . . . . . . . . .

California Highway Patrol (4)(20)(24)(29)

2508

400

0

250

155

169

175

260

210

275

230

228

150

Colorado State Patrol (18)

Yes

0

6

. . . . . . . . . .

Connecticut State Police (5)

Yes

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Delaware State Police

10

0

0

0

0

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida Highway Patrol (25)(26)(28)

1663+

0

40

50

66

147

X

270

354

196

179

197

164

Georgia State Patrol (6)

Yes

0

F

. . . . . .

..X

.X

. .

Idaho State Police

Yes

0

F

. .

..X

. . . . . . .

Illinois State Police

No

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Indiana State Police (7)

40

0

0

0

0

0

0

20

20

0

0

0

0

Iowa State Patrol

No

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Kansas Highway Patrol (8)

Yes

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Kentucky State Police

14

0

0

0

9

0

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

Louisiana State Police(21)

34

0

0

0

0

X

0

0

18

0

0

0

16

Maine State Police

No

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Maryland State Police

No

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Massachusetts State Police (9)(22)

Yes

. . . . . . .X

..X

. . . .

Michigan State Police

34

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

0

0

20

0

Minnesota State Patrol

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

20

0

0

0

0

Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

10

10

0

Missouri State Highway Patrol

71

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

13

16

0

0

25

Montana Highway Patrol (10)

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Nebraska State Patrol

331

0

0

0

30

30

30

36

30

30

69

41

35

Nevada Highway Patrol (11)

Yes

0

0

0

3

X

. . .

X

. . .

New Hampshire State Police

No

. . . . . . . . . . . .

New Jersey State Police

No

. . . . . . . . . . . .

New Mexico State Police (12)

7

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

New York State Police

50

0

0

0

0

0

0

40

0

0

10

0

0

North Carolina Highway Patrol

Yes

0

F

.

X

. . . . . . . .

North Dakota State Patrol (13)

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Ohio State Highway Patrol

No

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Oklahoma Highway Patrol

20

0

0

0

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oregon State Police (23)

Yes

0

0

F

X

X

. .

X

. . .

X

Pennsylvania State Police (27)

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

0

Rhode Island State Police

?

. . . . . . . . . . . .

South Carolina Highway Patrol

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

65

X

X

X

X

X

South Dakota Highway Patrol

No

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Tennessee Highway Patrol (14)

No

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Texas Highway Patrol

1080+

1

24

100

.XX

..XX

230

180

140

204

0

0

200

Utah Highway Patrol (15)

Yes

0

0

0

25

.X.X

. .

...X

.

X

...X

.

Vermont State Police

No

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Virginia State Police

7

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Washington State Patrol

222

0

30

50

0

30

45

22

34

11

0

0

0

West Virginia State Police

No

. . . . . . . . . . . .

Wisconsin State Patrol

37

0

0

2

0

0

7

7

7

7

0

0

7

Wyoming Highway Patrol (16)

20

. . . . . . . . . . . .

USAF

19

0

0

0

0

7

0

8

0

2

2

0

0

DEA

151

0

0

0

25

13

11

5

11

21

32

19

14

USBP (17)

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

FBI (19)

Yes

. . . . . . . . . . . .

ATF

Yes

. . . . . . . . . . . .

USPS

Yes

. . . . . . . . . . .

X

INS

Yes

. . . . . . . . . . .

X

RCMP

Yes

. . . . . . . . .

.X

.

X

US Customs

Yes

. . . . . . . .

..X

.

. .

Notes:

(1) One of the Alabama Highway Patrol Mustangs resides at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama.
(2) Arizona Highway Patrol estimates that they purchased 20 Mustangs each year between 1984 and 1991.
(3) Arkansas State Police tried 2-3 Mustangs, but they were not liked by the troopers who were issued them(!)
(4) Total number includes five 1982 hatchback Mustangs (part of original 400) which may not have been actual SS Package Mustangs. Total does not include 1982 California Highway Patrol Mustang E851963 which is a prototype car.
(5) Connecticut State Police used Mustangs for several years during the 80’s, perhaps as early as 1983. Usage may have continued into the early 90’s. Total number may be around 50-60.
(6) Georgia State Patrol may be the fourth largest user of SS Mustangs. Numbers used may be around 500.
(7) Indiana State Police has one of their red 1989 Mustangs in their museum.
(8) Both Kansas Highway Patrol and the turnpike troopers had some Mustangs. The turnpike cars were in various colors.
(9) Those used were probably all unmarked for covert traffic enforcement.
(10) Montana Highway Patrol tried out one 1982 Mustang but never bought more.
(11) Nevada Highway Patrol tested three Mustangs in 1985 and bought more after that.
(12) In 1990, two were fully marked, four were semi-marked (all traffic enforcement).
(13) North Dakota State Patrol had one fully marked Mustang.
(14) Tennessee Highway Patrol tried a Mustang but never bought more.
(15) Utah Highway Patrol may have actually used Mustangs almost exclusively for a time.
(16) Wyoming Highway Patrol bought 10 Mustangs two different times, but not sure which years. One set was between 87-89 for sure.
(17) The US Border Patrol Mustang was fully marked and used for drug interdiction. It now resides in the USBP Museum in Texas.
(18) Verified by DSO paperwork from CSP, c/o M. McCullers.
(19) There are several cars at the FBI academy in Quantico which have the vinyl interior, verified c/o M. McCullers.
(20) Jim Dingell of PPI confirms there were 406 cars ordered for CHP in 1982. These were spread over two DSO's with all cars being coupes.
(21) Jim Dingell of PPI confirms there were Louisiana SP did place an order in 1986 for coupes. These have been confirmed by bucktags.
(22) One Mass State Police SSP surfaced in 2007 under DSO 11-0461, AOD. Confirmed with bucktags and VC label, Pete Teigeler.
(23) Under DSO 74-0074, Feb 1984, 29 units were placed by Oregon State Police. Verified by Order Copy, VC label info c/o Mark Musch.
(24) Order copy information obtained for DSO 72-0086 indicates the 1984 CHP number may be 259, not 250.
(25) Order copy information obtained for DSO 24-0599 confirms quantity of 66 FHP units in 1986.
(26) Order copy information obtained for DSO 24-0236 confirms quantity of 3 unmarked FHP units in 1988. These are the earliest known for FHP.
(27) All 11 PA. SSP's were unmarked-for color break please see the VIN Registry page. All were purchased via PO 4246200-01, 09/16/91, through Haldeman Ford, Kutztown, PA and titled on 04/15/92.
(28) FHP ordered two unmarked 5 speed units in 1988, the earliest known for this agency. The cars, units 1210/0400, Gray/Dark Gray exteriors, cost $10,566/ea and were ordered through Don Reid Ford of Orlando on 01/04/88. The cars were built under DSO 24-0236 ON 01/21/88 and put into service on 03/22/88.
(29) CHP PO 02358 for 1987 was amended on 04/06/87 to change the total to 175 cars ordered from the original amount of 170, a net increase of $54,635 or $10,927 per car.

Last Update 07.21.12

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