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    Uk and European Police cars

    This article lists some classic and interesting UK and European police cars, I worked on the SD1 which makes feel especially old as the photo is black and white but they certainly looked the business. The BMW 5 series diesel is becoming very popular due to its size, power and performance and more and more cars are being powered by these high performance diesels which are hardly any slower than their petrol equivalents and give far better fuel economy which is very important here where the average family car costs between $80 and $100 to fill up.

    http://cars.uk.msn.com/News/Top_ten_...mentid=2517116

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    Wow, I'd almost forgotten about those old SD1s, course I were just a nipper back then

    I'm surprised they had the Lotus, WRX and Evo, but missed the RS200 one of the Midlands forces was using/testing (it's at least as valid as the Lotus).

    http://rcma.free.fr/escort/rs200police.jpg

    In full race trim that thing was collossally stupid, supposedly developing over a thousand bhp, it was the car that eventually let to the demise of group B rally driving.

    During one rally in Europe a group B car (think it was a Lancia) lapped a particular racetrack fast enough to qualify it 6th on the grid for the Formula 1 race the same year

    Apparently it was decided that was a little too fast for gravel tracks in the forest.
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    Interesting to see that the Volvo V70 T5 isn't included in this list. I know its in general use and considered boring by some, but they are awesome to drive, particularly the new '06' plates with their 6 speed transmission, they make a very distinctive sound that generally turns heads when you are really pushing it. They still don't corner particularly well at speed and for that I have to tip my hat towards the Skoda Octavia VRS.

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    We trialled the Impreza. Everyone loved it. Apart from the fact that it ran out of petrol as soon as it started pursuing the bad boys.
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    Do you guys on that side of the pond drive police cars with manual transmissions? You'd likely never see that here; we're too busy typing on the computer, talking on the radio, and trying to wolf down a burger to worry about shifting gears, too.
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    Yup, almost all manual transmission, at least round my way. Our standard patrol cars (Vauxhall Astra or Ford Focus for most forces) are also somewhat underpowered by US standards (1.6 engines).
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    I don't get the convertible...why would the police have that? PR vehicle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fahrenheit
    Do you guys on that side of the pond drive police cars with manual transmissions? You'd likely never see that here; we're too busy typing on the computer, talking on the radio, and trying to wolf down a burger to worry about shifting gears, too.
    Don't forget the Starbuck's double frap tea no whip extra shot super caramel espresso mocha latte. To wash down the burger with.

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    Florida Sheriff's Cruiser

    to the brits: didnt you guys have a florida sheriff's department Crown Victoria CVPI on exchange duty over there? i remember being on one of the cop car sites and seeing it. i think it was with bedfordshire or somewhere else that started with a "b." also, how do you guys survive without a prisoner cage in the back seat (partition between the front and back seats) of your patrol cars? not trying to be funny, just want some info. thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oshphopeful
    to the brits: didnt you guys have a florida sheriff's department Crown Victoria CVPI on exchange duty over there? i remember being on one of the cop car sites and seeing it.
    Not that I've heard of. We have couple of car enthusiasts round my way who drive imports done up as US black and whites ...?

    how do you guys survive without a prisoner cage in the back seat (partition between the front and back seats) of your patrol cars?
    Well, not very well. We have to transport prisoners in double crewed units and even then drivers frequently have to pull over and call for a van with a cage becaused the prisoner is kicking out the rear windows, attacking them, etc. We have asked but the response of "those who must be obeyed" was, and they said this with a straight face, that there is no proof that partitions offer any additional protection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cockney Corner.
    Not that I've heard of. We have couple of car enthusiasts round my way who drive imports done up as US black and whites ...?



    Well, not very well. We have to transport prisoners in double crewed units and even then drivers frequently have to pull over and call for a van with a cage becaused the prisoner is kicking out the rear windows, attacking them, etc. We have asked but the response of "those who must be obeyed" was, and they said this with a straight face, that there is no proof that partitions offer any additional protection.
    wow. if i ever decide to make the jump, a crown vic cvpi is coming with me

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    Most of the smaller sized cars like the Vauxhall Astra and the Ford Focus are manual although a few of the main pursuit cars like to SD1 were automatic. Manuals are better for our roads and dealing with bends, you dont loose time waiting for the transmission to shift gear.
    In the Met all stations have a van which is used to transport prisoners and all the cars are double manned/staffed!
    The Met(London) are using silver coloured cars as they have a higher resale value as they sell old police cars to the public.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fahrenheit
    Do you guys on that side of the pond drive police cars with manual transmissions? You'd likely never see that here; we're too busy typing on the computer, talking on the radio, and trying to wolf down a burger to worry about shifting gears, too.
    All ours are manual transmission, and to be honest I would not have it any other way. Being manual helps you to maintain the balance of the car through the corners. I can just imagine driving an automatic around a particularly fast corner, and it changing gear on me, throwing the balance off and resulting in me 'banjo-ing' the car.

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