Royal Canadian Mounted Police SSP Ford Mustang

The car you see here is an original 1989 Ford Mustang SSP (Special Service Package) police car, it was issued to the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, specifically to Corporal Brad Popowich. Unusually for an SSP the car is fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission, most were automatics as this allowed officers to operate radios and other equipment while driving. This is 1 of just 32 original Royal Canadian Mounted Police Ford Mustang SSP patrol cars, and was 1 of just 4 ordered by law enforcement in Saskatchewan province.

The inside of the car features:

  • Motorola 2-Way Radio
  • Code 3 V-Con Siren & Light Controller
  • Kustom Signals Radar
  • 12-Gauge Pump Shotgun & Gun Lock
  • Cellular ‘Bag’ Phone

There is a red & blue Code 3 LP6000 lightbar on the roof, and a pair of red and blue Sho-Me PAR 36 incandescent lights on the front bumper.

There’s also a pair of red and blue Sho-Me PAR 36 lights on the deck of the rear window. I like having these alternating flashing lights down lower on the vehicle, and not inside the lightbar. I think it spreads out the light and offers more warning. The antenna for the police radio is mounted on the roof behind the lightbar.

The 5.0L V8 and 5-speed manual transmission makes this Pony a whole lot faster than the horses the Mounties use to ride!

Left to right are: Sgt. D. Maloney, Cst. J. Leontowicz, Cst. G. Hurrell, Cst. D. Finlayson, Cpl. Y. Johannson and myself, Cpl. J. Caron

The above photo is from one of the first Mustang Operators Courses in March 1986 at the RCMP Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. These two Mustangs were assigned to the Regina Highway Patrol. Officers were taught the handling characteristics of these cars which were different than driving the Ford Crown Victoria and Chevrolet Impala used at the time.

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I started my career as a police officer in 1989 with the Geneva on The Lake Police Department. I worked part time as a police officer and full time as a Security Sergeant doing armed mobile security patrols for a local security company. In 1990 I became a State Trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. During my career as a State Trooper I was certified as a Technical Crash Investigator, OPOTA Police Instructor, OPOTA Police Driving Instructor, LASER Instructor, and received awards for ACE (Auto Larceny) and Post Trooper of The Year. Code 3 Garage is a mix of my inner automotive gearhead, and public safety background. I hope you enjoy it!