The 1949 Ford Police Cruiser won the award for best specialty vehicle.

The 1949 Ford Police Cruiser won the award for best specialty vehicle. (Burbank Police Department / October 11, 2012)

The Burbank Police Department’s 1949 vintage Ford police cruiser was named “Best Specialty Vehicle” this year by the California Peace Officers Assn.

Burbank police will accept the award at the annual COPSWEST law enforcement expo next week in Ontario.

The cruiser has been completely restored with the help of donations from local businesses and residents, police said.

Residents can view the car at the Burbank Police and Fire Museum. To make an appointment, call (818) 238-3230.

-- Alene Tchekmedyian, Times Community News

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