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Ford’s new ‘no profile’ light bar makes police cars harder to spot

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DEARBORN, Mich. — We all know that feeling when you’re driving and and a police car pulls up behind you: you check your speed, maybe slow down a bit, and even if you’re obeying all the traffic laws, might still feel a bit nervous.

It’s a normal response, and might actually make drivers a little more cautious. But for lawbreakers, that big light bar on top of a police cruiser is a big red flag. So Ford Motors has designed a new “no profile” light bar for patrol vehicles.

“Today, agencies typically use aftermarket interior visor light bars that are somewhat bulky and can obstruct the field of vision – especially for taller officers,” Stephen Tyler, Ford police marketing manager for North American fleet, lease and remarketing operations, said in a statement. “This extremely low-profile unit is fully integrated where the headliner and top of the windshield meet, for tremendously improved driver visibility versus aftermarket alternatives.”

Ford’s announced the new interior light bar for its highly-popular Police Interceptor utility vehicle, and noted that the new light bars could be outfitted on older models. The company said it can simply remove the dark shade at the top of the windshield and replace it with clear glass.

The new ‘no profile’ light bar will be available for the 2017 model.