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The police officers in Sydney have just received a new member to their fleet: the Alfa Romeo Mito . Painted in white with blue check stripes, the new Mito police car has been chosen because it attracts a lot of attention and is a talking point; meaning the police use it to connect with communities and build stronger relationships.

"When it comes to visibility, the MiTo has proven to be an exceptional car, attracting attention and interest like no other car, with its primary role as providing a talking point from which we can discuss road safety." – Chief Superintendent Bradley Shepherd, said. "We see this as practical and highly cost effective way that we can play our role in a safer community for everyone. Our cars assist the Police in making contact with a wide range of people so they can discuss and offer help with road safety and crime prevention, as well as providing the practical assistance of transport. We believe that this is a very positive role that we can play in the community."

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Source: Car Advice

Police vehicles seem to be all over the news lately and the cars seem to be getting sweeter and sweeter with every headline. Of course, it’s no surprise that Germany has opted for another BMW model for their next police car. They prefer to use vehicles that have been built on their own soil sych as Volkswagen , Mercedes , BMW , Audi , and Opel . The German police are currently testing a prototype of a new emergency vehicle based on the BMW X3 and developed in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, the highway police, and the police unions.

The BMW X3 Police car is distinguished by powerful and novel arranged LED lights in both the closed and opened tailgate. There are also striking LED tail-speed cameras at the side of the vehicle and at the bottom of the tailgate. Additional signal effect is achieved by a reflective luggage grid with foil and other indicators. In addition, the entire lower area of the tailgate is coated with a reflective foil. The front end has optimum visibility. For this purpose, two front flashers were integrated below the BMW kidney and another LED signal unit in the middle of the windshield.

The innovative safety concept was implemented on a BMW X3 xDrive30d powered by a 218 hp straight-six diesel engine. The intelligent all-wheel drive BMW xDrive offers the highest stability and optimum traction under all operating conditions.

Bad guys, watch out! The new Jaguar XF Diesel S is under patrol! Seven Jaguars were chosen by the Central Motorway Police Group to patrol in Staffordshire, Mercia and the West Midlands. The Jaguar was chosen due to its fuel economy (42mpg), CO2 rating (179 g/km), and residual value retention (80% after 1 year/14K and 45% after 3 years/60K).

The police car features: roof mounted light bar with 3600 blue flashing lights and integrated side alley lights, blue and white flashing LED lights inside the front grille, side mounted blue flashing LED lights, blue and red flashing LED lights integrated in the rear light clusters and a Home Office-specification electronics ’Police pack’. Yeah, that’s a lot of lights.

The Jaguar XF Diesel S is powered by a 3.0-liter AJ-V6D Gen III diesel engine that delivers 275 hp. The Diesel S accelerates from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.

The residents of the Midlands should look out for this impressive new police cruiser, not that anyone could miss it!

Press release after the jump.

We hold our police troopers in high regard here for the services they provide in ensuring the safety of commuters all over the country.

That being said, you’re going to have to forgive us if we find this photo a little amusing, not to mention, embarassing for those Texas Highway patrolmen.

Apparently, the very people that keep us drivers in line when we’re out on the road aren’t as admirable as we think, especially when they commit one of the cardinal sins when operating a car: don’t leave your keys inside when you lock your car.

Yep, the picture pretty much speaks for itself.

Source: Jalopnik

Vauxahall Astra has a very long history as a police car ever since its first introduction in 1979. And the new generation Astra continues this long tradition as a Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).

The new Astra Police car will be available with an instrument console incorporating integrated switch panels configured for Police radio header units such as the Cleartone, Motorola, Sepura and Icom. It will also get mobile data terminals, video capture and multiple transceivers, seamlessly into the vehicle’s interior without the need for custom trim installations, a range of LED lightbars, headlamp flash, grille lights, bumper interceptor lights and rear reds.

Press release after the jump.

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Attention all you lead foot drivers (shoot, that’s me)! Speed racers, slow down and listen (okay, okay, I’m listening)! Gone are the days when the boys in blue allowed for a 5-10mph “cushion” for speeders. Ever since the recession started, it seems that police officers and state troopers everywhere are attempting to fill in the gaps of their budgets with speeding tickets.

"Most people, if they’re stopped now, are getting a ticket even if it’s only a minor violation of a few miles per hour," says James Baxter,president of the National Motorists Association, a Wisconsin-based drivers’ rights group.

"…not only are the (speeding) tolerances much lower, but the frequency of a warning instead of a ticket is way down," says Baxter.

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Source: USA Today

Fighting crime and protecting civilians has never been a glamorous job. But just because life as a police officer comes in a perpetual state of danger, it doesn’t meant that the law can’t ride in style.

Imagine being a police officer in the UK and you get handed the keys to an Oakley-designed Porsche Panamera Turbo police car. Yeah, you’d be doing back flips too. Unfortuantely, this Panamera Turbo police vehicle isn’t a legally-sanctioned one but is only a test unit.

But to illustrate exactly how a Panamera can be tuned to become a crime-busting cruiser, Oakley decided to lower the car, strip it down, modify it with carbon fiber, and give it a platter of new features including a brand new titanium exhaust, magnesium alloy wheels and a performance upgrade that boosts the Panamera Turbo’s power to 580hp.

But even if this car isn’t a licensed police cruiser, the mere sight of it out on the road should give would-be speeders second thoughts on putting the pedal to the metal. You wouldn’t want this car to be consistently occupying space on your rear view mirror.

Source: YouTube

Ford unveiled the official details on their new Interceptor Police car that will be used starting late 2011 when production of the Ford Crown Victoria ends. The company also announced that the sedan will be followed by a utility vehicle later this year.

The new Interceptor Police will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering 263 hp and E85 compatibility and an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V-6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine that will deliver at least 365 hp and 350 ft.-lb. of torque.

The Police Interceptor has been built to pass 75-mph rear-end crash testing: it comes with Safety Canopy® side-curtain air bag rollover protection system, the brakes have been increased in size and performance, the cooling package is purpose-built as well, featuring a heavy-duty alternator and larger radiator, the honeycomb grille is designed to work in harmony with the interior components, offering more air flow throughout the vehicle and the standard 18-inch steel wheels are vented.

Press release after the jump.

If Toyota wanted any more proof as to how dangerous those sticky accelerator pedals can be, they can look no further at this traffic incident that occurred in San Diego where the driver of a Toyota Prius placed an emergency 911 call because the accelerator of his Prius ‘jumped’ and he couldn’t do anything to make the car slow down.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the runaway Prius was travelling on Interstate 8 near San Diego when the accelerator of hybrid inexplicably got stuck leaving the driver, 61-year old James Sikes, in a high-speed, no-stopping vehicle. Fortunately, the CHP responded quickly and as soon as they caught up with the Prius, put their patrol car in front of the Prius and used it slow down the hybrid car before coming to a stop near the La Post Bridge with the patrol car directly in front of it.

Here’s the news report that was given by NBC’s local San Diego affiliate who was able to get a few words from Sikes as he explained exactly what happened to his Toyota Prius.

Source: NBC

You know what are the advantages of being a police officer? After catching the bad guys - especially those that have sweet rides - you can also use their, uhm...so-called ’assets’ like, say, a £40,000 Audi Q7 TDI tuned by Abt Sportsline . Once the car of a criminal gang from Glasgow is now being used as a patrol car. Yeah, we saw that coming.

According to Chief Constable John Neilson: "I would say to the criminals that what you have this week; your houses, your cars - you might not have next week. The hard working, law abiding citizens need to know that we are hurting those involved in serious and organized crime where it matters - their pockets. These criminals are fast realizing that they are not above the law. They may think that they are getting away with it, but we are determined to make a long-term impact in this area."

And as proof that Chief Constable Neilson talks the talk, check out that ’confiscated’ AS7 that’s been turned into a patrol vehicle. Looks good in its new digs, doesn’t it?

Source: BBC

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