UTA_flyinghigh
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Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Thu Jan 22, 2004 4:30 pm

Here in the Republic, the Garda Siochana (Irish Police) mainly use Ford Mondeos or Isuzu Troopers as marked cars. For unmarked patrol vehicles, anything goes, with the main vehicles being again the Ford Mondeo, Renault Laguna and Toyota Avensis.

Back in Elbonia where I used to live, the Gendarmerie's main workhorse is the Renault Laguna SW, while their Police counterparts seem to prefer the Peugeot 306SW. Unmarked cars are mainly Peugeot 306 or Renault Megane.

My favorite resides in Italy (another place wher I used to live) whre the Carabinieri, Polizia and Guardia di Finanza have kick-ass Alfa 155 2.0 TS, now in the process of being replaced by Alfa 156 2.4 JTD's.

And in your area ?

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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Thu Jan 22, 2004 4:47 pm

City: Fort Wayne Police


County: Allen County Sheriff


State: Indiana State Police



Source: Police Car Web Site

All Ford Crown Vics, but Fort Wayne and Allen County Police have since changed to Chevy Impalas.
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Thu Jan 22, 2004 4:53 pm

Crown Victorias are extremely popular police vehicles in the U.S., although I have seen anything from Ford Mustangs to pickup trucks!
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 3:17 am

Some departments in the US are starting to use Chevy Impalas... That is probably going to be the first widely used front wheel drive police car in the US ever.
 
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 3:27 am

I think you can find anything from Smarts to Porsche 911s on German streets.
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 3:32 am

Ever since Chrysler and GM have stopped making RWD passenger sedans the Ford Crown Vic has ruled. Though if they keep blowing up when they get rear-ended many departments will choose something else. My local PD as well as the Virginia State Police have been making extensive use of the new Impalas. I have never particularly understood why police departments were so averse to going with a FWD car in the first place.

Though with the new big RWD Chryslers coming out soon, me thinks it would be foolish for there not to be a Dodge Police Car option... from what I have read the Mopars have almost always been the prefered squads for most police departments.
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 5:15 am

Well the Ford Crown Victoria is definitely number one. Old Chevy Caprices and RWD Impala SSs (i mean 1994-96) still are around in big numbers, especially with the NYPD. The new FWD Chevy Impala is gaining a strong foothold, and some departments have the Dodge Interpid. I would imagine that the new Dodge Magnum will be a serious player.
 
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 5:25 am

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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 5:25 am

"I have never particularly understood why police departments were so averse to going with a FWD car in the first place."

Its easy. Drive a rear wheel drive car, go through some turns fast, accelerate hard and otherwise throw the car around a little and see how it performs. Now do the same with a FWD car. The RWD car is going to do a lot better. The RWD car will accelerate better without losing grip, it will be less likely to understeer in a tight fast turn. The physics and engineering nuts can explain rearward weight shift to you, something to do with Newtons third law I think. The tires will wear more evenly in a RWD car and in my experience the all around driving is just better with RWD.

The only real advantage to the FWD that I have seen is its pretty idiot proof in bad conditions. Meaning if some clueless fuckwad gets on some ice or a big puddle and starts to lose grip hes not going to do a huge donut if hes lacking the common sense to lift his foot up a bit.

I really wish American car makers would start making some rear wheel drive cars again. Along with the decline in workmanship the decline in fun of driving has really soured me on American cars. GM, Ford, and the 4th Reich need to learn that Americans are not buying Japanese cars like the Accord and Camry because they are great fun to drive but because they are better made.
 
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 5:36 am

Here, lot's of Chevy Impala and Venture.

But more and more police services are switching to Volvo, cause they are more reliable and last longer.
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 8:12 am

In North Carolina I mostly see Crown Vics and Caprices, but they're slowly getting replaced by Impalas. Undercovers are mostly Cameros, but anything American can be and is used depending where you go.
 
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 8:35 am

The most in Montreal commons are

Chevy Impala


Crown


Chevy Venture


The Provincial (Surete du Quebec) police uses...

Impalas


Jimmys


and the RCMP

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and then the regulars Impalas etc....


and of course

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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 8:53 am

Over here in New Jersey, we have almost all Ford Crown Victorias. They range in years from 1998-2003. We also have two Ford Expeditions and a PT Cruiser. Overall, 95% Ford Crown Victoria.

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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 9:25 am

The Dutch police has different cars in most regions, but the most common are:

VW Golf


VW Transporter


Motorcycle (don't know which one)


Other common cars are Volvo's (850/S60) and Opel (Vauxhall) Vectra's.

But they also use:


The tram


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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 9:43 am

Here's what the South Carolina Highway Patrol Drives:

Mostly these ('98 Crown Victorias)


A good many of these (both marked and unmarked) ('98 Camaros):


We're transitioning to these (Impalas and Intrepids):



A smattering of these:
The BMW M5


Various BMW motorcycles




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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 9:50 am

NYPD uses the following:

Chevrolet Impala
Ford Crown Victoria
Ford E-150 Passenger Van
Ford Explorer
Ford F-550 (ESU)

Bell Jetranger
Bell 412SP
Agusta A110 Koala (soon to come)
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 10:36 am

Some States are now going to the Camaro's for their main patrol cars. I think its a cool idea.
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 10:39 am

In my area we are serviced by both the Ontario Provincial Police and the Waterloo Regional Police Department.

The O.P.P drive mainly Chevrolet Impalas and Ford Crown Victorias in my area. They also have an unmarked Ford Econoline that looks like a plumber's vehicle from far. Only by looking from up close can you see the lights and gadgets hidden behind the tinted glass. They also have unmarked Ford Crown Victorias and Chevy Impalas.

http://lavender.fortunecity.com/westside/563/opp.html

The Waterloo Regional Police Department drive the Ford Crown Victoria and the Chevrolet Impala. For a short while they were testing a few Luminas, however those didn't work out for them. As for unmarked cars I've seen everything from Ford Crown Victorias to Chevy Impalas to Ford Taureses.

http://members.fortunecity.com/pcarsite/waterloo.html

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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 11:13 am

Ford Police Interceptors (Crown Vic's), Chevy Impala's and Dodge Intrepids (for the 2003 model year only) were all offered as police packages.

I've spent time in all of them, and they all have different characteristics. I will tell you right now that CVPI is the biggest .. but they aren't always as nimble as their lighter counterparts, and the Intrepid will flat outrun it... Furthermore, they stink in a lot of snow. I can't get comfortable in the Imapla seats.

The big test will be when Daimler-Chrysler comes out with their new RWD police package in the next couple of years. It will quite likely leave Ford and GM in the dust, unless they have aggressive new design plans.
 
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 1:06 pm

Michigan


State Police Ford Interceptor


Northville, MI Ford Interceptor


Wayne County


N/A
 
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 5:45 pm

In fact I wanted to put a lot of pics in my original post, but I was something like 36'th in the queue  Laugh out loud
So now that I am 538'th  Sad, here goes :

Italy :




Elbonia :








However, the small town of Montpellier decided recently to ditch their 306's for Crown Vic's directly imported from the USA  Wow! :


Ireland :



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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 5:50 pm

In Singapore,

Police cars:

Toyota Corolla
Nissan Sentra
Mistubishi Lancer

Highway patrol

BMW 325i
Volvo S40

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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 6:24 pm

Here in Austria, they mostly use VW Golfs and Sharans, both of them equipt with Diesel engines. They are worthless if they are in a persuit of another vehicle! I think that the Sharans top off at 180 km/h!
It is funny to see when a VW Sharan is staning next to the highway when they check the speed of cars passing by. If a car would pass by at 200, there would be no chance in hell that they could catch up to it, let alone get the licence plate number...

Ive seen one Mercedes E Class though, think it was an E55 AMG.
 
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 7:11 pm

On the streets of San Francisco, we have Ford Crown Victoria's, Chevorlet Caprice Classics and a few Plymouth Furys & Dodge Diplomats.
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RE: Law Enforcement Vehicles In Your Country

Fri Jan 23, 2004 9:22 pm

Here in Poland police use various cars:
VW Passat, Vento, Transporter- these are the most common
Ford Focus, Transit
FSO Daewoo Polonez
Daewoo Lanos
and many others.


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