Riverside PD Saleen Mustang
Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
June 9, 2017
Photos By: Courtesy of Saleen

Steve Saleen has a long history of working with local southern California law enforcement agencies (Seal Beach Fox Mustang anyone?), so it came as no surprise that Steve and Saleen Automotive stepped up to the plate once again to aid the Riverside Police Officers’ Association in Riverside, California with a Special Edition Saleen Mustang Police Car. Steve Saleen, CEO of Saleen Automotive, Inc., delivered the car personally.

This Saleen Mustang was specially built as an “awareness vehicle” for the association as a way to bring attention to their fallen officers and promotion and avocation of the Police Officers’ Assistance Fund, which provides financial assistance to officers’ families in Riverside and surrounding communities. The Saleen Mustang will also be a tool in recruiting new officers, engaging the community, and generating a cohesive camaraderie with Riverside residents.

The Saleen Mustang boasts the latest in technology starting with a whopping 730hp, powered by a twin-screw supercharger with a unique exhaust. It sports a fully revised suspension for extreme cornering, and wears Saleen big brakes, giving it ultimate stopping. The interior is fitted with Saleen gauges and necessary police equipment with full police lighting built into the cockpit for better exterior aerodynamics. Wrapped in black and white Riverside PD graphics the Mustang sports a revised front end, Saleen rear wing, and is equipped with the necessary siren and external speakers.

Steve Saleen stated, “This is one of the fastest police vehicles ever built. It is one of the most exciting projects Saleen Automotive has been involved in. If you are attempting to elude the police in the Riverside Department’s jurisdiction, beware; your chances of getting away are quite slim.”

Detective Aurelio Melendrez, who also serves as vice president of the Riverside Police Officers’ Association, said, “We are excited and pleased to receive delivery of this Special Edition Saleen Mustang. It brought incredible smiles to those in the department who were on hand to take delivery. We are honored and thrilled that Saleen Automotive has shown their support of the Riverside Police Officers’ Association/Riverside Police Department in this way.”

Melendrez stated that the majority of police officer’s deaths across the country are attributed to automobile accidents; after driving the Saleen Mustang he felt the vehicle was the best accelerating, handling, and stopping (police) vehicle he has ever driven. The technology that led to this vehicle’s extreme performance is something he hoped to see become used in a more widespread format, to improve officer safety and vehicle response. The Riverside PD employs roughly 350 men and women.

Drivers of this particular Saleen Mustang have been specially trained to handle the speed, cornering, and overall handling. As with any tools assigned to department employees, only those qualified will handle the car. To date, Steve Saleen has trained a handful of department employees. Melendrez feels Saleen’s continued work building police vehicles and training officers with this exceptional technology would keep officers safe. He is hopeful to continue a collaborative effort between Saleen and Riverside PD.