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Manufacturers Debut Next Generation of Police Cars
Raging Bull

Raging Bull

Can the police version of the Taurus sustain Ford's domination of the patrol car market? What we can say now is that the NGPI is a fine-looking automobile with the sleek lines of a luxury sports sedan; it performs like a muscle car; and it was designed from the ground up for police duty.

April 8, 2010

The Next Generation of Patrol Cars

The police patrol vehicle market is not known for revolutionary innovation. But that business model is now metamorphosing in response to a rapidly evolving automobile market. This means that the once staid patrol car market is becoming turbulent and more innovative.

February 25, 2010

IACP 2009: Best of Show

IACP 2009: Best of Show

Here's a quick look at some of the latest and greatest products that caught the eyes of our staff as they walked the aisles of the show.

December 22, 2009

Coming Attraction: Carbon Motors' E7 Patrol Car

Coming Attraction: Carbon Motors' E7 Patrol Car

The Carbon Motors E7 prototype patrol vehicle looks something like a cross between an exotic sports car and a prop vehicle from a science fiction film. Its body styling is dynamic, muscular, almost startling, and it has the ability to visibly excite police audiences.

February 1, 2009

Chevy Tahoe: Large and In Charge

Chevy Tahoe: Large and In Charge

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.

May 1, 2007

30th Anniversary: Driving Memories

When I started my law enforcement career about the same time that Police was launched in 1976, cop cars were changing. It was the era of the oil embargo and the gas shortages, so the engines in patrol vehicles started to get a lot smaller.

October 1, 2006

Ready for Duty

Police vehicles serve many functions. They are symbols of law and order that help deter motorists from speeding and other people from committing serious offenses. They’re also rolling offices for sworn personnel, equipment haulers, and prisoner transportation systems. The list of all the tasks required of police vehicles could go on for a long time.

April 1, 2005

Street Survivors

While it’s outstanding to survive a crash, it’s even better to avoid one in the first place, and that’s where good training and situational awareness feature heavily. But carmakers and their design teams play a role in officer safety as well. Let’s take a look at what the Big 3 American police car manufacturers are doing to make their cars safer for the nation’s law enforcement personnel.

February 1, 2004

Grand Theft Cop Car

Grand Theft Cop Car

Complacency can kill. Whether it's something as mundane as not wearing your seat belt while driving or not wearing body armor during a high-risk entry, failure to take preventive measures can have disastrous results.

October 1, 2003

Office Space

Office Space

"I don't believe it! There's actually room in these cars! Why, I can sit here; I can put my briefcase next to me, and I even have room for my partner!" That's what my partner exclaimed at the end of a shift back in the early '80s. That old Malibu was positively empty compared to modern patrol units.

December 1, 2002

The Intrepid's Back!

The Intrepid's Back!

Dare we all remember the 440 Magnum power plant in these days of fuel economy and miserly performance? At the risk of sounding like the dinosaur I am, I have to admit there is something satisfying about seeing the term "Magnum" associated with a police car again!

October 1, 2001

Chevy’s 'Ride And Drive’

Chevy’s 'Ride And Drive’

Chevy's "Ride and Drive" is an opportunity to introduce new technology (in this case, the new Impala police package) to writers and cops from around the country. I rubbed elbows with uniforms from many states and there were plenty of serious, squinty-eyed stares going on as the performance was duly noted in notebooks and on video.

October 1, 2001

Police Vehicles

For specialized units from SWAT to airborne patrol, today's police officers need more than just four wheels and a roof.

February 1, 2001

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