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BMW is preparing to launch a new version of its popular X5 SUV, the F15 Security Plus. To the casual observer, nothing is amiss with the X5, but to a firearm-wielding criminal bent on theft or worse, the F15 Security Plus is a rolling safehouse disguised as a BMW .

BMW will officially debut the armored X5 at the upcoming Moscow Auto Show next week, though the original concept made its first appearance in Frankfurt last year. The F15 Security Plus is designed to meet the VR6 protection level, meaning attacks from small arms fire like the AK-47, AR-15, and most hand guns will have no effect on the passenger’s health (well, save for panic or heart attacks).

Ballistic panels and glass aren’t the only modifications BMW has done to the F15. The chassis has been strengthened while the electronic management systems and brakes have been upgraded to deal with the added weight. Power comes from the twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 making 445 horsepower and 480 pound feet of torque.

This isn’t BMW’s first in-house armored vehicle. The German automaker has been producing armored versions of its 7 Series for nearly two decades. Currently BMW is producing the VR7-rated 7 Series rated to protect against more lethal threats like explosives and higher-powered rifles.

BMW will also offer a lighter, VR4-rated X5 SUV for customers looking for basic protection but with minimal changes in vehicle driving dynamics. More details are slated for release once the vehicle debuts in Moscow.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X5 F15 Security Plus

We cover a ton of fast cars and torque-rich trucks here at TopSpeed, but sometimes we’ve got to examine what we’re up against — or what the bank robber who’s stolen a BMW 3 Series as a get-away car is up against. Take a look at the new 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit. The new police cruiser from Dodge gets all the updates the civilian Charger gets, but also comes with all the right stuff for nabbin’ perps.

Cops are very demanding of their cars; it’s their rolling office and has to be comfortable for an eight-hour shift, plus be ready for chasing suspects sideways down a back road or at 120 mph on the interstate. Dodge has brought the goods with the 2015 Charger Pursuit, retaining all the positive characteristics from the previous Charger, plus incorporating some new features that keep officers happy and Dodge competitive in the squad car category. Remember Ford and Chevy offer some stiff competition.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit.

Dubai is a rich country where the word "excess" is thrown completely out of the local vernacular. It’s hard to imagine that as late as three decades ago, Dubai was a barren town with little to nothing to show for it. But today, it’s become a high-class metropolis that has no shortage of wealth and extravagance. And from what we’ve seen in past months, the Dubai Police Force can attest to that, thanks to its lineup of supercars that have been converted into police cruisers.

We saw a lot of them earlier this year when it seemed that there was a new supercar-turned-police-car every week. But it’s only now that we get to see them all together all while talking to the police officers who carry the privilege of driving these exotics on a daily basis.

Department of Transport and Rescue acting director Anas Al Matrooshi gave Vocativ a comprehensive tour of Dubai’s finest police cruisers. If you haven’t seen them before, you need to check them out now.

There’s a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, a Ferrari FF , a McLaren 12C , a Lamborghini Aventador , and one of only seven Aston Martin One-77 models in the world.

In other locations on the planet, that’s a garage for the ultra rich and famous. But in Dubai, those are just police cars.

That’s just how they roll over there.

Source: Vocativ

While there’s nothing wrong with the Italian police having a Lamborghini Gallardo or a Huracan sports car at its disposal to apprehend those lightning-fast crooks, a British constabulary’s choice for a patrol vehicle might raise a few eyebrows. No, we’re not talking about a McLaren P1 , although that would be awkward considering the supercar ’s limited availability and purpose, but the Ariel Atom , a vehicle that’s light enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph quicker than any hypercar.

Unveiled less than a month ago, the ultra-quick Atom 3.5R will serve as a police vehicle following an agreement between the British manufacturer and the local Constabulary of Avon and Somerset. Now don’t go thinking the local police force responsible for protecting the county of Somerset is about to embark on a series of high-speed pursuits, because this specific Atom has a different purpose. According to Auto Express, the featherweight vehicle will help local police raise awareness among motorcycle riders about road safety through the Safer Rider campaign.

There’s no explanation as to why the Somerset Constabulary picked an Ariel Atom for the campaign, but we’re guessing it’s because the vehicle lacks a proper shell, bearing a closer resemblance to motorbikes. It might also have something to do with the fact that Ariel will launch a motorcycle later this year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ariel Atom Police Car.

Source: AutoExpress

Think the armored cars you see on TV and in movies are bad-ass? Well then, you probably haven’t laid eyes upon INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing’s Unique Armored Personnel Carrier . The tactical attack and defense vehicle is, in a word, mental.

Other than being completely awesome and looking like something prepared for a zombie apocalypse, the Unique Armored Personnel Carrier was specifically developed and created with the objective of protecting passengers in high-threat environments in any conditions. Whether it’s in the pulsating heat of summer or the sub-zero conditions of winter, this bad-boy is ready to fulfill its duties.

But that’s only one part about this armored monstrosity that makes it such a unique armored carrier.

Wherever it finds itself in, the Unique Armored Personnel Carrier has the capability to provide the kind of reliability, mobility, and protection that transport vehicles like this are known for. It’s no wonder why police forces and security agencies are already voicing their interest in securing a fleet of these vehicles for their personal use.

The first four vehicles have already been accounted for by the National Police of Colombia and judging by its imposing presence, it won’t take long before other agencies from other countries line up and place their own orders.

Click past the jump to read more about the Unique Armored Personnel Carrier By INKAS.

Somewhere in Italy, there is a very lucky State Police Officer whose new cruiser is this Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 dressed in Polizia livery. In a ceremony held today in Rome, Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann handed over the Huracán’s keys to the Italian State Police.

This isn’t the first Lamborghini we’ve seen hit the beat with the Italian fuzz, but it is certainly the freshest, best looking iteration we’ve ever beheld. The new Huracán, and a second likely on its way, replaces the Gallardos used by the government since 2004 and 2008.

Though the Lambo is really going into active duty, the police will generally be using the $240,000 car to keep the peace and security on Italian roads by generating awareness for accident and crime prevention. And in a land where supercars are born, the Huracan serves as an important messenger to all those would-be crooks looking to break the law in a high-speed game of hot pursuit. With a top speed of 202 mph and a 0-to-62 time of just 3.2 seconds, there are very few cars able to outrun it.

Then again, no matter how fast the bad guys run, they can’t outrun a radio.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Lamborghini Huracan.

The Los Angeles Police Department is proud to show off this police-decked Lamborghini Gallardo , complete with the department’s traditional black-and-white paint and “To Protect and to Serve” written on its sides. If you want to get a glimpse of the LAPD Lambo, as it is affectionately known, the car is scheduled ot make an appearance at the Los Angeles County Air Show at Fox Field in Lancaster on March 21st through 22nd.

In case you’re wondering, though, that’s as far as the extent of the LAPD’s use of the Gallardo. The police -dressed Gallardo isn’t exactly going to be added to the LAPD’s fleet and chase bad guys down the 101 Freeway.

The Gallardo is actually owned by Nathalie and Travis Marg of Light Source 1, Inc, both of whom generously donated the use of their Lamborghini to serve charitable events for the LAPD Air Support Team. Among its first stops is the aforementioned LA County Air Show later this week and after that, you can expect to see the LAPD Lambo to make more publicity stunts in the future for the department.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Gallardo.

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What would you do if you were driving back from a casino or just a really high-stakes game of Bingo, and a cop pulled you over and took all of your winnings legally without any guilt on your end? I suspect you would be like me and be rather irate about it. Well, in Nevada and plenty of other states, there is a lot of this happening, and the police are raking in the dough because of it. But now, the citizens are fighting back.

Enter in Tan Nguyen, a man that claims he was on his way to a cousin’s house in California after winning $50,000 at a local casino and as he headed through Humboldt County, Nevada, Deputy Lee Dove pulled him over for doing — get this — 78 in a 75-mph zone. Dove then searched Nguyen’s car and Nguyen opened a briefcase for the deputy, exposing the $50,000 he was carrying. Dove then claimed to smell marijuana in the car and made Nguyen sign a "property for safekeeping receipt," which basically says "here, take my stuff without any criminal charges, because he thought the money was illegally obtained. Nguyen claims he only signed the form under the threat that Dove would confiscate his car and leave him stranded if he hadn’t.

After that was all said and done, Dove warned Nguyen about speeding and left without citing him for anything, but kept the money. The next day, Dove was pictured next to the money with a caption that read: "This cash would have been used to purchase illegal drugs and now will benefit Humboldt County with training and equipment. Great job."

Dove then did the same thing three months later to Ken Smith, as after pulling him over and running a warrant check, he found that a man with that name had a warrant out. Dove detained Smith, swindled him out of over $13,000 and a 0.40 -caliber handgun, and let him go. What’s more, the Ken Smith in question is a white man and the one in the warrant was African-American .

Both Nguyen and Smith have rightfully filed lawsuits, but Nevada seemingly protects itself from this by requiring the owner of the money to prove that it was obtained legally. So essentially, they are guilty until they prove themselves innocent. What makes this all a little fishier is the fact that the Police keep 100 percent of the proceeds from the forfeiture.

Don’t go thinking that this can only happen in Nevada either, as 25 states allow police to keep all the forfeited and seized money, and 37 states have a "guilty until you prove your innocence" stance on forfeitures.

I, for one, say this is completely insane. Who would think that the men and women that are supposed to protect and serve are robbing people blind, and the laws back them up? Check out the video after the jump to see some of the crazy things the police have bought with forfeited money.

Check out the video after the jump.

Source: Forbes

Back in May 2013, we reported that the Dubai Police had invested in a Bugatti Veyron to add to its list of insane supercars. Well, that story ended up being nothing more than a photoshop’d version of a custom Veyron from our pals over at Kahn Design . Commenters — obviously folks from Dubai — also pointed out that the image that circulated the web was simply a suggestion to the Dubai Police force and not a claim that the model actually existed.

Well, regardless of who was right — our source or the commenters — this Veyron has now become a reality. And to prove its realness, the Dubai Police released a video highlighting the model all done up in the signature green and white livery.

We are still curious as to why the Dubai Police need all of these supercars in its fleet, but residents of the Middle Eastern emirate can rest assured that their police can catch damn near any criminal on the road.

To think, the coolest cop car I ever knew of was when my local State Police picked up a Fox Body `Stang as its "high-speed pursuit" vehicle...

Chevrolet has already introduced a handful of SEMA -bound vehicles for a handful of its models. Now it’s the big boys’ turn to get their share of the spotlight.

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe was only revealed a few months ago and expectations for the SUV are high, especially for a model that has received a surge in popularity in recent years.

At the 2013 SEMA Auto Show, the all-new Tahoe showed off its law-enforcement abilities with the Tahoe Police Concept, and just days later, GM released the production model. Unsurprisingly, the production version is literally identical to the concept.

As the name suggests, this SUV was treated to a full-on law-enforcement makeover, complete with a massive bull horn, emergency lights, police badging, and a new set of 17-inch steel wheels. Take a look inside and you’ll see a full gadgetry of police paraphernalia, including those mobile laptop computers, a police transmitter, and somewhere that we can’t see, we assume there are some firearms, or at least, firearm holsters in there, too.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV


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