Photo gallery: Life on the highway

Advancements in vehicles

The operative word in Wisconsin State Patrol is "patrol."  The earliest officers used their own vehicles but were supplied with a siren, door shield, flashing lights and a police license plate. They were reimbursed for gasoline, oil and lubricants. The state did not begin buying patrol vehicles for officers until the 1950s. In its 75 year history, officers have patrolled Wisconsin roadways in a variety of vehicle makes and models. Today, the State Patrol chooses its vehicles based on their performance, safety, reliability, and fuel economy.

A 1939 Ford outfitted for patrol duty.  A Rambler possibly built in Wisconsin.

A cruiser in 1965.  The reliable Crown Victoria escorting an oversized load.

The new Ford Taurus.