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Wis. Agency Enlists Subaru Rally Car

The compact sedan's eye-catching design engages onlookers and scofflaws alike.

March 08, 2013  |  by - Also by this author

Photo by Jay Baumgardner.
Photo by Jay Baumgardner.

The Greenfield (Wis.) Police Department's 2012 Subaru WRX STI makes an impression on traffic scofflaws and cruisers who often request a ride in the vehicle after an arrest.

The vehicle, which was acquired on a courtesy lease from Schlossmann's Subaru City, looks the part of a pimped-out rally car. A full vinyl wrap depicts a "peeled paint" image, suggesting the vehicle's blue paint scheme was blown off by high-speed wind at the race track.

"We use it for speed enforcement, cruising enforcement, and community service assignments," Chief Brad Wentlandt told POLICE. "It's a great way to connect with the community and sparks dialog with the officers."

The department brought the vehicle to a regional auto show at Miller Park last summer, and there were more than 100 people in line to take a photo and sit in it. The Subaru is at least as popular as the agency's police dogs, Wentlandt said.

Federal Signal provided a lightbar, and Motorola donated a radio. Milwaukee 2-Way and General Communications also donated police equipment.

The vehicle also attracted a local photographer, Jay Baumgardner, who highlighted it during a photo shoot. To get his enhanced shots of the Subaru, Baumgardner attached a rolling camera rig that included a Manfrotto Magic Arm, Canon T2i DSLR camera, and Tamron 10-24mm lens.

View more photos from Baumgardner's shoot here.

Tags: Subaru, Community Relations, Greenfield (Wis.) PD


Comments (2)

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Jim A @ 3/27/2013 11:56 PM

Very nice. Great conversation piece. Can you do this same thing with a Chevy Chevette and some spray paint? That is all we can afford.

Carlo Vincente @ 10/24/2013 1:54 PM

Nice, but Do they know how to drive it in snow or mud? I doubt it.

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