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PostHeaderIcon Ford Reveals Fastest Police Vehicle In America

Ford has released the Police Interceptor Utility, considered by the Michigan State Police as the fastest police car available for 2019. The new Interceptor is based on the yet-to-be-unveiled Explorer SUV. It replaces the outgoing Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility model and the Taurus-based Police Interceptor sedan. The new Police Interceptor Utility is more than just a fast law enforcement vehicle; it’s also loaded with state-of-the-art technology the likes of which the production version of the new Explorer won’t have. That comes with the territory of being a cop car.

PostHeaderIcon Australian Police Department to ’Sting’ Speeding Drivers With The New Kia Sedans

It looks like the automakers and law enforcers are equally serious about each other now. We recently saw Ford with the first ever pursuit-rated hybrid SUV, and now, the Australian Police Department has acquired a fleet of Kia Stingers for highway patrolling. The Fleet is set to replace the Ford Falcons and the Holden Commodores in the PD’s. One-fourth of the 200 cars have already started patrolling the streets of Queensland, and the rest will be added in the near future.

PostHeaderIcon The Jeep Wrangler is All Set For Beach Patrolling in Italy!

FCA has given the Jeep Wrangler a new job this summer – to keep people safe at the beaches of Romagna, Italy as a beach patrol vehicle. The automaker has presented a custom Wrangler to the Italian ‘Carabinieri’, to patrol an 18-mile area of the Romagna Riviera that includes popular resorts. We’re pretty sure the ‘lifesaver’ will be a tourist attraction as well!

PostHeaderIcon Ford Launches The First Ever Pursuit-Rated Hybrid SUV

We all have drooled over Lamborghinis, Bugattis, and other exotic cars in uniform. The loud grunts from powerful combustion engines when throttled, and the silencers roaring their lungs out in a high-speed drama; but have you thought of a Hybrid police car doing those extreme pursuits? Well, Ford recently revealed the all-new Police Interceptor Utility, which is the first pursuit-rated Hybrid SUV ever. It aims to offer improved performance and lower fuel costs thanks to its hybrid setup.

PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Dodge Durango Is Ready To Catch The Bad Guys

As consumers scoop up the latest and greatest four-wheeled creations to go about their daily lives, law enforcement agencies are also looking to upgrade their fleets. One of the latest entries in this space is the new cop-prepped Dodge Durango, which offers V-8 power and AWD to stick it to the perps.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Florida Highway Patrol Officer Caught Racing (and losing to) a Lamborghini Aventador on the Highway!

A state trooper from the Florida Highway Patrol is in hot water after being caught — on film — racing a Lamborghini Aventador on a public highway. In the footage, the state trooper can be seen driving a Dodge Charger Pursuit and lining up side by side with the Aventador before both cars engage in a drag race in the middle of the day.


“The Florida Highway Patrol is already investigating the incident, though it’s looking like someone’s going to get more than a slap on the wrist”

Well, someone’s in trouble. The clip itself first popped up on Instagram over the weekend. Since then, it’s been viewed tens of thousands of times. It’s also been featured in local newscasts, damning evidence that the state trooper driving the Charger Pursuit will have to answer for breaking laws that he was supposed to uphold. The Florida Highway Patrol is already investigating the incident, though it’s looking like someone’s going to get more than a slap on the wrist. “The Florida Highway Patrol has opened an immediate investigation about this incident,” Lt. Thomas Pikul told NBC2. “The trooper in question will be held accountable upon any findings of misconduct.”

The race itself wasn’t really a race. The two cars line up and then speed off, though it becomes clear early on that the Charger Pursuit was no match for the Aventador. The trooper eventually decides to throw in the white flag and give the win to the mighty Italian supercar.


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“Before anybody forgets, the Aventador can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds before setting off to a 217-mph top speed”

The result wasn’t a surprise considering that the Charger Pursuit’s two powertrain options are still no match to the one powering the Aventador. Supposing the engine under that police car’s hood is the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, it still produces just 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. Combine that with its burly weight — 4,522 pounds (2,051 kilos) — and you can see why it can’t keep up to a supercar that features a 6.5-liter V-12 with at least 700 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. Before anybody forgets, the Aventador can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds before setting off to a 217-mph top speed. Unless that Charger Pursuit happened to be a Decepticon, it’s not going to do well in a drag race against a Lamborghini.

Unfortunately for the state trooper, he not only got shamed by the Aventador, he’s also now in the crosshairs of a police investigation that could lead to him losing his job.

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PostHeaderIcon Lord Help US – Ford Wants to Put Ticket-Serving Autonomous Police Cars on the Road

The race to develop autonomous driving technology is taking shape in a number of potential applications. For Ford, it’s not enough to have an autonomous car-sharing service or a self-driving car for the masses. The Blue Oval is thinking out of the box with a vision to put the technology into a police car. It may not be on the level of Skynet just yet, but Ford’s idea of a self-driving police car could be the future of law enforcement on the road.


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“Before any of you start freaking out about seeing a self-driving Ford Mustang police cruiser in your rear-view mirrors, you must know that Ford’s idea is nowhere close to becoming a reality”

Before any of you start freaking out about seeing a self-driving Ford Mustang police cruiser in your rear-view mirrors, you must know that Ford’s idea is nowhere close to becoming a reality. The patent application, which was filed in July 2016, is a pen-on-paper idea about the possibility of having autonomous police cars. According to the patent, the autonomous police vehicle will be able to hide, detect violations, give chase, and issue warnings and fines, among its numerous functions and capabilities.

Let’s role-play for a second. Suppose you’re in your autonomous vehicle and the car is going above the speed limit, Ford’s APV will be able to detect the infraction and take a number of potential actions. It could ping speed cameras of other APVs to get verification of the violation, or it could tap into surveillance cameras and monitor your car from there. If there’s enough reason to give chase, the APV will spring into action and communicate with your car to find out who’s driving the car. In the event that it’s you, your car could send a copy of your driver’s license to the APV, which, in turn, will repay that kindness by issuing you a warning or a fine. Mind you, all of this is happening without your car having to pull over on the side of the road.


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“Ford said that even if the patent is approved, it doesn’t mean that the company’s going to start working on it immediately”

It’s still a far-fetched idea given what we know about autonomous driving technology. But, it’s also not far-fetched in the sense that development of the tech has become one of the top priorities among many automakers today, Ford included. The automaker is arguing that even with the benefits of autonomous driving, traffic violations won’t become relics of the past. “While autonomous vehicles can and will be programmed to obey traffic laws, a human driver can override that programming to control and operate the vehicle at any time,” the company said in its patent application. “When a vehicle is under the control of a human driver there is a possibility of violation of traffic laws. Thus, there will still be a need to police traffic.”

Ford did point out that actual police officers wouldn’t be rendered obsolete because of this technology. According to the patent, “routine tasks,” including the issuing of tickets can be automated, but there are other tasks that are best left to actual officers, including the ability to take control of the police car in high-stress situations, including high-speed chases involving serious crimes.

If all of this sounds foreboding, don’t be scared. Ford said that even if the patent is approved, it doesn’t mean that the company’s going to start working on it immediately. “We submit patents on innovative ideas as a normal course of business,” the company said. “Patent applications are intended to protect new ideas but aren’t necessarily an indication of new business or product plans.”

We can rest easy, at least for now. An army of Barricade Decepticons isn’t arriving to strike fear in our hearts anytime soon.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

As the rest of the world looks to hybrid powertrains to help eke out extra mpg at the pump, even law enforcement agencies are getting in on the trend. Adding an extra large battery to a police responder sedan comes with several benefits, all while keeping all the important gear needed to get the job done. Ford’s been providing vehicles to law enforcement since 1950, so it makes sense that the Blue Oval is getting ahead of the game with this electrically assisted four-door. We saw it on the show floor at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and got a nice selection of exclusive photos, so read on for more details on this latest workhorse for the five-o.

Continue reading to learn more about what makes the Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan special.

What Makes The Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan Special


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“Based on the standard civilian-spec Ford Fusion, this Ford is purpose-built for police enforcement duty, from the exterior, to the interior, to the accessories”

Based on the standard civilian-spec Ford Fusion, this Ford is purpose-built for police enforcement duty, from the exterior, to the interior, to the accessories. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine, which is paired with an 88-kW electric A/C motor and 1.4-kW lithium-ion battery pack. Together, the combo makes upwards of 188 horsepower, matching the civvy-spec iteration in terms of output. Fuel returns see a slight decrease to 38 mpg, most likely due to the heavy-duty equipment. You can also put it into all-electric mode to save ever more gas when operating in a “non-pursuit” application.

At the end of the day, this Ford should save tax payers a few bucks when it comes to the fuel bill, while also enabling less downtime to fill up the gas tank, which equals more time on the beat.


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“Put all the numbers together, and you get a grand total of 1,551 gallons saved per year, or $3,877 in annual fuel costs assuming a $2.50 average cost per gallon. Then, of course, there are the environmental benefits.”

To put a few numbers to the mpg savings, Ford calculated that the average police interceptor is driven 20,000 miles per year. With an average of 18 mpg, that’s 1,111 gallons of fuel consumed a year. By contrast, this hybrid averages 38 mpg, which equates to 526 gallons of fuel burned a year – a significant savings of 585 gallons of fuel per year.

What’s more, the average police car spends roughly 61 percent of its time idling. Cops can’t switch off the engine, as it’s required to power all the extra accessories (lights, radios, etc.). That means the car idles for almost 5 hours in an 8-hour shift. The hybrid helps quite a bit here as well, saving upwards of 966 gallons of fuel per year.

Put those numbers together, and you get a grand total of 1,551 gallons saved per year, or $3,877 in annual fuel costs assuming a $2.50 average cost per gallon. Then, of course, there are the environmental benefits, with the hybrid cutting a whopping 27,421 pounds of CO2 output per year.


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“The Ford hybrid is ready for action thanks to a heavy-duty suspension system”

Moving beyond the fuel savings, the Ford hybrid is ready for action thanks to a heavy-duty suspension system. As a pursuit-rated vehicle, its been tested for an 8.0-inch curb impact, 30-mph railroad crossing, and reverse J-turn maneuvers. It can also traverse up to 18 inches of water at 15 mph, and 10 inches of water at 40 mph.

Of front, you’ll notice the sizable ramming bar, perfect for performing a pit maneuver on a perp who’s unwilling to pull over. There’s also the requisite black and white exterior graphics.

Step into the cabin, and you’ll find slim seat bolsters for the front seats, which helps to accommodate the standard police duty belt. The seats are also covered in wear-friendly cloth upholstery, and there are anti-stab plates inside the seats to protect against unruly rear-seated passengers. In back, there’s heavy-duty, stain-resistant vinyl for the rear seats and floor, while the console gets a custom plate for easy mounting of whatever gear might be needed. There’s also an auxiliary power distribution box in the trunk.

Optional gear includes a driver’s side spot lamp, ballistic door panels, noise suppression bonds, and a storage vault in the trunk. Several lighting packages are offered as well, with red and blue up top and in the nose.

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PostHeaderIcon Check Out What it Looks Like to Ride Shotgun During a Police Chase

When you’re sitting inside a police car, it’s probably better to be in the front seat than in the back. That would mean that you’re sitting shotgun in a joyride or at least, in this case, witnessing what a simulated car chase looks like. Kirk Bell of Motor Authority was able to experience that first-hand when he was invited to the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex in Fort Worth, Texas to get a simulated look at what a car chase looks like from the view of police officers.

“The goal of police officers in situations like this is to stay as close to the suspect and let them make the mistake”

The simulated car chase played out as you might expect, at least if you understand the magnitude of the situation. According to Bell, the goal of police officers in situations like this is to stay as close to the suspect and let them make the mistake. It’s not really as sexy as doing what’s called a “pit maneuver” – police cars tamp the rear bumper of the suspect’s car to cause it to spin – but it is what’s required. This strategy also speaks to the patience police officers must have when they’re in the middle of a car chase. Since the suspect is likely in a nervous or panicked state of mind, the chances of him making a mistake are great. The police cars wait for that moment to come before they approach the car and apprehend the suspect.


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“the lead vehicle is tasked to not only stay as close to the suspect but to also provide intel to headquarters and the other police cars”

There are scenarios too where multiple police cars are involved in a car chase. In times like this, there’s also a strategy at work here, one that involves constant communication between the two police cars. According to Bell, the lead vehicle is tasked to not only stay as close to the suspect but to also provide intel to headquarters and the other police cars. He should be able to determine if the driver has any guns or drugs in the car and relay the information to everybody else. Then there’s the second car vehicle. Its job is to keep constant communication with the base, particularly to keep track of the chaining locations of a chase.

The video doesn’t really paint a clear picture of the high-drama that’s usually involved in car chases, but it does give us a good idea on the responsibilities that police officers have when they’re in the middle of one.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Delivers Hybrid Police Car To The Boys In Blue

Ford just revealed its new Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, framed as an efficient means of transport for “police and fire chiefs, detectives, and other non-pursuit law enforcement personnel.” It’s the first-ever plug-in hybrid police vehicle from the Blue Oval, and it comes with the gear to get the job done without burning too much of the dino juice.


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“The hybrid comes equipped with a plug-in 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, enabling a battery-only mode that’ll go 21 miles per charge on electron power alone”

Of course, Ford provides all kinds of models for use by government and law enforcement personnel, but as Ford police brand marketing manager Stephen Tyler points out, “This is the first Ford police vehicle that can potentially get through an entire shift using no gasoline whatsoever.”

Based on the Ford Fusion Energi four-door, the hybrid comes equipped with a plug-in 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, enabling a battery-only mode that’ll go 21 miles per charge on electron power alone. Top speed using just the batteries clocks in at 85 mph. Kick over the ICE, and the hybrid will offer over 500 miles of range. Keeping the pack topped off is a 3.3-kW charger, which manages a full charge in two-and-a-half hours when plugged into a 240-volt source, or 7 hours from a standard 120-volt source.

“The interior gets heavy-duty cloth and smaller side bolsters for rugged utility and increased comfort, respectively”

So then – what makes this thing uniquely equipped for police duty? For starters, the interior gets heavy-duty cloth and smaller side bolsters for rugged utility and increased comfort, respectively. The seats also include rear “anti-stab” plates for added security, plus an equipment-friendly reinforced top tray, a metal console mounting plate, red and white overhead lighting, an engine idle feature, unique wheels made from alloy, and an auxiliary power outlet in the trunk

Options include a driver spot lamp, a trunk storage vault, a trunk ventilation system, disabled rear-door controls feature, and a “dark-car” feature that kills all interior lighting for surveillance purposes. And of course, you can’t forget the requisite exterior emergency police lighting as well.

Order books open next month, with sales commencing next summer.

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PostHeaderIcon Smart ForTwo NYPD Edition

In 2014, Smart decided that the second-generation ForTwo had spent too many years on the market and launched the much-improved, third-generation model. Redesigned from the ground up with help from French automaker Renault, the new ForTwo is a significant departure from its predecessor in terms of design, technology, and drivetrains. Under the hood, the tiny city car continues to use small-displacement, three-cylinder engines, but ditched the previous powerplants in favor of two new units from Renault. It also received a manual transmission for the first time. As far as lineup diversity goes, the ForTwo spawned the usual convertible, Brabus, and all-electric versions.

In 2016, the small German automobile made its debut as a police car for the New York Police Department. The largest municipal police force in the United States ordered no fewer than 250 ForTwos as a replacement for the three-wheel motorbikes it previously used in the city. A welcome decision among policemen, who now benefit from all-weather protection and air conditioning. Currently using around 9,000 vehicles, the New York Police Department quoted the car’s agility and reliability in its decision to turn the 106-inch-long ForTwo into a patrol car.

“The smart is spacious and agile and makes my job much easier. Many people say that the little patrol cars are really cute, too,” said Officer Ralph Jefferson, the first policeman to take the ForTwo on patrol duty around Chinatown.

Needless to say, it looks like the days when the NYPD used large vehicles such as the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor in the city are long gone. But, this isn’t the first time small cars are preferred in crowded neighborhoods. Back in the 1950s, various police departments around the U.S. acquired Nash Metropolitan economy cars for police duty. At only 149.5 inches long, the Metropolitan was one of the smallest vehicles on American roads and pretty much a Smart ForTwo among the very large cars produced by Detroit.

The ForTwo joins vehicles such as the Ford Taurus, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, and Ford Explorer in the NYPD fleet.

Continue reading to learn more about the Smart ForTwo NYPD Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Driving and Pokemon Go are Two Things That Don't go Hand in Hand

Pokemon Go. It’s turning into a huge pain for people who don’t play the game or have a job to do. There has been at least one account of a player walking into traffic and getting hit by a vehicle, and businesses are starting to post notices that Pokemon Go players are banned unless they are for playing customers. There have even been a few articles out there that falsely claim players have caused accidents because they were playing while driving. Well, here is another article about someone crashing their car while trying to play, but this time, there is video evidence and a pretty good reaction from the driver who caused the accident.

This accident happened in Baltimore while officers were discussing a call they had just taken care of when all of the sudden, BAM – a young driver sideswipes a police car has he tries to catch a Pikachu or some other kind of stupid virtual creature. The officers immediately run after the SUV that struck the officer’s patrol car, which came to a stop at the end of the block. Luckily nobody was hurt, but the driver – who did genuinely feel bad and probably really idiotic – summed up what happened perfectly:

“That’s what I get for playing this dumbass game.”

That’s right, buddy – that’s exactly what you get. The Pokemon Go craze is getting ridiculous and, quite frankly, this guy is lucky that he didn’t hurt himself or anyone else. Let this serve as a warning to all of you who can’t seem to look away from your phone screen for a second:

Pay attention to what you’re doing, where you’re going, and – for the love of whatever religion you believe in – quit trying to catch mythical creatures while you’re driving before you kill yourself or someone else. Click play and watch the short body cam video for yourself.


PostHeaderIcon 1962 CHP Dodge Polara Stops By Jay Leno's Garage: Video

The past few episode of Jay Leno’s Garage have featured some pretty interesting cars that aren’t really of the norm as far as classics are concerned. There was the heavily tuned 1976 Ford Fairline. There was the incredible Ford Festiva-based Shogun pocket rocket. There was the 1978 Hongqi CA770, a car even Leno didn’t think existed until he saw it in person. And of course, there was the custom-built 1915 LaBestioni Rusty Two. By comparison, the latest car to make the trip to the garage is a lot more mainstream than the previous guests, but it’s still pretty exotic in the same vein as the others. This is the 1961 California Highway Patrol Dodge Polara.

Most people might recognize the car for its various depictions in period Hollywood films of that era, but the uniqueness of this particular CHP Polara is without peer. One of Leno’s guests for this episode is Morgan Yates, the corporate archivist of the Automotive Club of Southern California, and he basically told Jay that this particular CHP Polara is just one of two units that have been restored back to its pristine glory. That’s important because despite the number of Polaras the CHP ordered in 1961 – 1,200 total – the cars never spent a moment outside of the sun. They were beat up and driven to the ground to serve their purpose. Now, only two remain and this is one of them.

Soon after his discussion with Yates, Leno introduced Dave Skaien, the man responsible for the restoration of this particular CHP Polara. The two talk about the technical side of the CHP Polara at length, but the biggest takeaway in my mind was the collaborative effort that went into restoring the car to look good as new. As Leno pointed out, a restoration like this doesn’t come cheap and Skaien himself admitted that a lot of people contributed in the restoration, including one man who couldn’t be bothered to part with his Jones Motorola round speedometer for any amount of money until he made it available for the restoration of this CHP Dodge Polara.

The episode goes on at length about the car and it’s a fascinating story considering how it came to be, how it got used, and where most of it ended up. And as always, Leno gets the treat of driving the car at the tail end of the episode. At the very least, that part’s always worth checking out.


PostHeaderIcon Alfa Romeo Giulia QV Joins Italian Police Fleet

One thing this world doesn’t have is a shortage of Italian performance cars that have been turned into police vehicles. This includes nearly the entire Lamborghini lineup, including the Huracán LP610-4 Polizia, Lamborghini Aventador Polizia, and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia. Maserati has also gotten in on the action with the Maserati GranCabrio Politie, and don’t forget about Ferrari’s FF Beverly Hills Police Officers Association Ball Edition. Now, Alfa Romeo joins the ranks with the Giulia QV Caraninieri.

So, big deal – it’s just another sporty Italian cop car, right? Well not really, because this car probably won’t be pulling anybody over anytime soon. The whole purpose of these new Giulia QV police car is to transport things like organs or blood for medical emergencies, and it will also serve as a ceremonial escort car for the police department. So, if you see one of these bad boys hauling ass towards you, don’t worry; it’s probably not coming for you – well unless you need a kidney anyway.

Despite the fact that it won’t be used to chase down criminals like some of the other Italian beasts turned police cruisers, it has still been fitted with all the goodies of other police cars. Inside the car is equipped with the necessary radios, LED flashlights, computer system, and even a portable defibrillator. On the outside it has the standard police department markings, including the “Carabinieri” decal across the side, and that light bar on top that we all hate to see so much.

Alfa Romeo didn’t mention whether or not the car is equipped with an up-rated engine or other things to give it an edge, but it’s not all that important. In stock form, the twin-turbo V-6 delivers a shocking 505 horsepower. That’s enough to get Giulia up to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds, so just in case one does try to pull you over, you might want to stop. It will probably catch you if you don’t.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Launches “No Profile” Light Bar for the Police Interceptor Utility

Next time you’re burning rubber in your Mustang GT350, just remember each unsuspecting Ford Explorer could be an undercover police cruiser. That’s thanks to Ford’s new “No Profile” light bar package the automaker is now offering as a factory option for the Police Interceptor Utility.

The new light bar mounts inside the vehicle, just above the rearview mirror on the front windshield. It’s incorporated into the headliner for a seamless look. Its thin profile keeps the windshield clear, unlike most aftermarket windshield light bars. When turned on, the light bar flashes in an alternating pattern. It can also be programmed to flash in a red/red or blue/ blue pattern.

What’s more, the light bar features a bight white mode for “take down” and “scene” operations. In other words, it basically acts like an aftermarket LED light bar to throw extra light forward. The white light can be adjusted from full intensity down to 20 percent, along with an auto-dimming function, as well.

The light bar, technically called the interior visor light, is available on the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility as a factory option.

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PostHeaderIcon Australian Police Gets Mercedes-AMG GLE63 Coupe Patrol Car

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Turns out AMG products are very popular with Police departments all around the world. A while ago we showed you a Mercedes AMG GT delivered to the German Polizei, and now the Australian Police gets Mercedes-AMG GLE63 Coupe. If it keeps going like this, soon cops will be street racing each other with their exotic cruisers.

The Mercedes-AMG GLE63 Coupe delivered to Victoria Police will be used primarily as a show car to promote in-car safety features at exhibits across the state over the next 12 months. It will also go on a few highway patrols, where the officers will have a chance to open up the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine and see what 585 hp can do in a SUV. It is worth mentioning this GLE Coupe is the S-model which does 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds.

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Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said it was important for people to consider buying the safest car they could afford when the time came to purchase a new vehicle. “Death and serious injuries on Victorian roads could be reduced by a third overnight if everyone was driving the safest cars they can afford,” he said. “Your car should be a guardian for your safety and the safety of your family much like police are a guardian for everyone in the community.”

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Police Interceptor Now Offers Protection Against Armor-Piercing Ammo

Ford is upping its game for its Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle. It recently announced the additional option of ballistic panels rated against armor-piercing rifle ammunition. These panels, designated Type IV protection by the U.S. Department of Justice, are above Ford’s already available Type III ballistic panels offered in both Police Interceptor vehicles.

This new level of protection shields officers from .30 caliber armor piercing bullets with a mass of 10.8 grams and a velocity of roughly 2,880 feet per second, commonly available for the Remington 700 hunting rifle and AK-47. While these rounds aren’t common on the streets, rising threat levels have agencies requesting better protection.

“The fact that we design our Police Interceptors around officer feedback is what has made them number one. Officers globally told us they needed protection from armor piercing ammunition and we added increased ballistic protection to an already great product – that’s continuous innovation,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer, Ford Police Interceptors.

While that may be a heavily biased option from a Ford engineer, it’s unquestionable that Ford is taking major steps to keep law enforcement officers safe. Ford is the only automaker offering ballistics protection as a factory option on police vehicles.

Ford’s Type III ballistics panels are rated against all handgun and non-armor piercing rounds up to .30 caliber in size – most notably, the 7.62mm x 51mm NATO M80 ball ammunition most widely used in the AK-47. The panels also protect against “special threat” rounds identified by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Ford’s marketing hype aside, options like this are likely playing a huge role in making the police versions of the Taurus and Explorer so popular with departments. However, Ford better enjoy the unrivaled success while it lasts. Chevrolet and Dodge are surely developing their own measures to compete.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes AMG GT Looks Scary in Police Uniform!

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German Police is used to getting a Porsche cruiser once in a while, but it is the first time, to our knowledge, a Mercedes-Benz is poised to get the job. And what a Benz it is, the extremely sporty Mercedes AMG GT two-seater super car.

Even if this Mercedes AMG GT police car is wearing the livery just for the sake of the show, it is still a lot cooler than that other Mercedes super police car, which is Dubai Police’s SLS AMG. Despite being smaller and a lot more efficient, the AMG GT matches the SLS’ performance and beats it even when it comes to handling. Granted, the SLS is scarier looking which is a good quality for a cop car. But if we were a deputy and could choose between the two, we’d definitely go for the GT.

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Mercedes AMG GT S Highlights:

  • Handbuilt AMG 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine – the world’s first sports car engine with the turbos inside the V of the engine and dry sump lubrication
  • 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds (preliminary); 193 mph top speed
  • 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with electronically controlled limited slip differential
  • AMG Dynamic Exhaust System with electronically controlled variable vane
  • AMG Dynamic suspension
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with multiple driver selectable suspension and steering modes
  • AMG Performance steering wheel with shift paddles
  • High-quality Nappa leather
  • Numerous trim options, including silver chrome, matte carbon fiber, high-gloss carbon fiber, black diamond and matte silver fiberglass
  • Advanced safety technologies, including COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, Adaptive Braking technology, ATTENTION ASSIST, PARKTRONIC, Rearview Camera, and the PRE-SAFE® system
  • Optional Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist

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PostHeaderIcon Dubai Police Adds Porsche 918 Spyder To Its Fleet

The Dubai Police department has just added the Porsche 918 Spyder to its fleet of police cars. Yes, the 918 Spyder. It’s become old hat for the country’s police force to add supercars and luxury cars to its garage, but this one’s on another level. It’s one thing to dress up a Lamborghini Aventador or an Audi R8 with the country’s official police garb; it’s another to do it on a limited-run, hybrid supercar. That’s just flexing your arm for the sake of showing off those muscles.

In any event, the dressed up, white 918 Spyder was unveiled at the 2015 Dubai Motor Show wearing the traditional dark green liveries of the Dubai police force. No other modifications were made because there’s really no point in doing so. Seeing a Porsche 918 Spyder in this cosmetic configuration is all the car needs to emphasize the fact that, outside of its counterparts in Abu Dhabi, there isn’t a police department that can boast the kind of police cars that the Dubai police has.

Granted, none of these supercars – not the Aventador, R8, or this 918 Spyder – will ever be used for actual police duty. A close look at the Porsche hybrid exotic even reveals the absence of police lights on the roof. Instead, the 918 Spyder will be used extensively for marketing purposes, similar to how its predecessors were used when they were first unveiled. It may be a publicity stunt for all intents and purposes, but make no mistake, this the Dubai Police’s way of telling people what it’s capable of when drivers disobey motoring laws in the country.

Who knows, if a reckless driver proves to be too difficult to catch for the department’s regular police cars, it may just unleash this bad boy on the unsuspecting perp.

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PostHeaderIcon Dubai Police Porsche 918 Is Salute-Worthy!

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Well, we all knew this would happen sooner of later. The boys at Dubai Police – which by the way seems to be the most fun job in the world – have been quiet for a while. Turns out they’ve been scraping together some money to by a new toy. So please welcome Dubai Police Porsche 918 Spyder.

This ought to make some millionaires around the world pretty mad. Porsche 918, as you know, is limited to 918 units and it’s officially sold out. So prices are now on the rise and everyday you don’t get one, you are going to have to pay more for it tomorrow. Dubai Police getting a 918 has robbed a normal, run of the mill millionaire the chance of owning it. And to think they are going to just park it in a garage and bring it out once or twice every year… madness!

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Dubai Police Porsche 918 appears to be a fully kitted Weissach model with the large aero kit and fancy wheels. They’ve just wrapped it in the official Dubai Police livery which is the most important part of the showing off campaign these guys seem to have going on. Some of the other exotic metal DPD has in its garage include Bugatti Veyron, Aston One-77, Mercedes SLS, Ferrari FF, BMW i8, Lamborghini Aventador, and…

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