Dog attacks Police Car

May 31st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

A Chattanooga Police officer, while using his radar gun, had his patrol car attacked by a ferocious bulldog.

Mustang vs Oklahoma Highway Patrol

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Watch as the driver executes a high-speed j-turn as the police nudge him around


Carbon Motors E7 Police Car

December 15th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

A police car designed by police officers for police officers

Holden Statesman joins the Police Force

October 6th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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After recent speculation that the Holden Commodore-based Pontiac G8 might be reborn as a law-enforcement-only vehicle in the States, GM has revealed the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV), based on the Holden Statesman.

Announced at the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Colorado, the Caprice PPV will be available from next year, with patrol duties expected to begin in early 2011.

Chevrolet Caprice PPV intInstead of reworking the Holden Commodore-based platform of the retired Pontiac G8, GM has built the Caprice PPV on the longer version of the Zeta platform that underpins the Holden Ute and Statesman.

The cars will be built in Australia at Holden’s assembly plant in Elizabeth, SA, and are set to provide a shot in the arm for the plant’s total output.

“North American law enforcement fleets account for about 70,000 sales a year so securing a fraction of those sales would be a major manufacturing boost for GM’s operations in Australia,” said Holden Executive Director Sales and Marketing, John Elsworth. “Opportunities like this don’t come around very often, so we are working hard to deliver a world class product worthy of serious consideration by the police.”

The 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV will be powered by a 6.0 litre LS2 V8 engine developing 265kW and 520Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic Chevrolet Caprice PPV rqtransmission. It’s competitor, Dodge’s law enforcement version of the Charger develops 253kW, and the outgoing Ford Crown Victoria produces a lowly 187kW.

The Caprice PPV is capable of reaching 60mph (96km/h) in under six seconds. A V6-powered version is expected in 2012, and will make use of the SIDI-equipped 3.6 litre engine used by the 2010 VE Commodore.

“The new Chevrolet Caprice police car is the right tool at the right time for law enforcement,” Jim Campbell, general manager for GM Fleet and Commercial Operations said. “We asked for a lot of feedback from our police customers, which helped us develop a vehicle that is superior to the Crown Victoria in key areas.”

Chevrolet Caprice PPV fqAs a vehicle on law-enforcement duties, the Caprice PPV will get a full range of police-specific equipment, including 18-inch steel wheels and heavy-duty four-wheel independent suspension.

The police-specific mechanical list includes a high-output alternator and engine oil, transmission and power steering coolers.

A “police-calibrated stability control system” will also feature in the Caprice PPV. Extra large seats have been fitted to accomodate officers’ gun/equipment belts and also mean an extra donut can be enjoyed care free. It’s good news for American criminals too with the Caprice PPV offering 100mm more leg space in the rear than the outgoing Crown Vic car.

UK cops use Lexus luxury to chase crims

July 30th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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Here in New Zealand, our esteemed officers of the law tend to roll the streets in Australian-built Ford and Holden vehicles. However, in other parts of the world the Police are known for driving vehicles a little more intimidating. One such place to adopt this theory is the UK. Previously piloting Subaru Imprezas around, the Police in the English county of Humberside have switched recently to something a little more sinister.

Plucked flesh from the Lexus range, the Police will be tackling the streets in the new 416hp 5.0-litre V8 IS-F. As far as Sergeant Mike Peck of the Humberside Police is concerned, they couldn’t be happier. “The final product provides a most formidable package and is undoubtedly one of the most advanced police vehicles in the world which in turn enables my officers to deal with the criminals who use the roads for serious and organised crime.”

Brilliant justification Mike, but no ones buying it. Check out some cool images of the performance Police cars in the gallery below.

Jaguar launches new Police package for XF

May 28th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Jaguar XF police

The long arm of the law has never been looking so sharp over in the UK thanks to Jaguar’s creation of a high performance police pursuit vehicle. It hasn’t been commissioned by the fuzz just yet, but is apparently under evaluation by UK authorities across the country. The model in question is the new twin-turbo XF Diesel S, a 3.0-litre unit that pumps out 275 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.

The police version XF gets a “police pack” electronics package to power radio equipment, and plenty of lights including a roof-mounted light bar with 3600 light elements, side alley lights, blue and white strobing LEDs in the grille and blue flashing LEDs along the side of the car, along with blue and red flashing LED lights in the rear light clusters. Just drive it into any hall and turn it on for an instant blue-light disco, or just use it to chase baddies.

Drug dealer’s Porsche becomes school teacher

March 4th, 2009 by Adam

Recently I came across a rather strange piece of automotive news, about a Porsche 911 dressed up as a police car. This isn’t anything new, often the cops use a sports car model to increase public awareness and to look cool. When I lived in Japan I remember being in awe of the Nissan GT-R police highway patrol cars used to cut down the funny business that goes on their extensive motorway systems.

But this Porsche was different, because being a police vehicle wasn’t its first job in life, it had previously been used to run drugs.

The story goes that an American motorist had his Porsche 911 searched during a routine traffic stop in Alabama, USA and the local police uncovered 10 kilos of cocaine in two hidden compartments. The case went through the twisted American court system for over a year, the bad guy went to the big house, and the car was taken by the police department.

The police then take their new 911 to the paint shop, have it painted in department colours, throw on a rear wing, light bar, and rear window lights. Beyond the blue and silver paint job, the car has ironic decals that read “Seized” and “911 Never Forget.” Now the vehicle is doing publicity rounds at schools, to help kids understand what can happen to them if they go for fast money.

It’s this last part that I have trouble with, I think the logic behind taking a shiny Porsche 911 around to tough inner-city schools is flawed. Here’s why:

COPS SAY: “Kids, crime doesn’t pay.”
KIDS THINK: Hang on, didn’t crime pay for some drug runners kick-ass Porsche 911. Running drugs is probably the only way I’m gonna get me one of these.

COPS SAY: “We brought round this Porsche to help you kids.”
KIDS THINK: You tools! Thats a $100K car, if you wanted to help us you would have sold it and got us some sports equipment or a National Geographic subscription.

COPS SAY: “We modified the Porsche with a rear spoiler.”
KIDS THINK: Cops must need to generate significant rear downforce because they drive much more recklessly than drug dealers.

COPS SAY: “So we are driving around Alabama in this Porsche all day and talking to your kids.”
KIDS THINK: Get a real job, at least when the drug dealer came round, he brought presents.

COPS SAY: “Now feel free to check out the car.”
KIDS THINK: Hell yeah! There might be some coke still in it.

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Drug runner’s Porsche is given a honest job

March 2nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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In a bizarre twist of fate, an American motorist had his Porsche 911 searched during a routine traffic stop in Alabama, USA and the police uncovered 10 kilos of cocaine in two hidden compartments. The case went through the twisted American court system for over a year, the bad guy goes to the big house, and the car is handed over to the police department.

The police then take their new 911 to the paint shop, have it dressed in department colors, throw on a wing, light bar, and rear window lights. Just like that – a car donated by a criminal is now meant to deter and even catch other criminals.

Beyond the blue and silver paint job, the car has ironic decals that read “Seized” and “911 Never Forget.” The Alabama police chief said the car is planned for publicity rounds, to help kids understand what can happen to them if they go for fast money. I think we would all be frightened at the prospect of having our Porsche legally stolen by the police and given a hideous paintjob.

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