"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.