It’s 10:30 p.m. on a Friday night, and you and your partner are on your way to a “loud music” call at the same apartment complex you have been forced to visit every weekend for three years.
You want to get the call over with and move on to more important duties, but right now, you are stopped at a red light, three cars back waiting to go. And you’re no dummy, so you’ve tactically staggered the position of your patrol vehicle a bit back from the other vehicles on the road next to you.
From where you sit in a 2007 Chevy Tahoe patrol vehicle, you can see down into the other vehicles around you. The car to your left has three teenagers in it, but no beer is visible.
The car to your right has country music playing from the speakers. The music’s a little loud, but the guy driving looks like he just got off work and is heading home. No one else is in the car.
The light turns green and you begin to accelerate. Beneath the Tahoe’s hood a Vortec V8 engine with 320 horsepower growls confidently.
Your partner is monitoring the “hot” channel and an armed robbery call comes out of the precinct bordering yours less than a mile away. The suspect vehicle is an older model white minivan.
Your partner says how much fun he thinks it would be if you guys could run into them. And wouldn’t you know it, a mile-and-a-half up the road, you do.
You run the license plate on the minivan and clear on the radio to the dispatcher and anyone else nearby that you are behind the suspect vehicle and are about to make a felony stop. After you activate the Tahoe’s overhead lights, the minivan driver surprises you: He actually pulls over. You light up the vehicle with the driver and passenger side spotlights. The blinding lights, and the tinted windows of the Tahoe make it impossible for the occupants of the minivan to see into your vehicle so they don’t know how many people you have in there. They just know the cop car behind them is big.
Your partner clears on the outside speaker for the driver and passengers to put their hands out the window. With weapons drawn, and concealment held behind the A-pillar and the door of the Tahoe, you hold your position until a backup unit arrives and everyone is taken out of the minivan, one at a time until the scene is secure.
When the suspects are questioned later about the traffic stop, one of the reasons they gave for pulling over and not shooting or running is because the police vehicle was so large and they felt they were caught.
Size Does Matter
Contrary to some rumors, size does matter. This is just one of the many things the 2007 Chevy Tahoe has going for it.
The Tahoe makes a strong impression. While test driving the PD-equipped model for this article, I had many people stop to take a long look and ask me questions about it.
Fellow officers and civilians both were excited about the exterior and were amazed at the huge amount of usable internal space in the front and the rear cargo compartments. Patrol officers, special assignment officers, and supervisors eyed and touched the Tahoe much like an eight-year-old would handle a shiny new red bike that he or she desired very badly.