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Police cars around the world: what do they drive?

January, 2013

At some point in time, everyone has wanted to be a cop racing around in a speedy car, catching the bad guys and bringing justice to society. While you can’t always have a real police badge or the authority to say “freeze! Police!”, you can drive the same car as a police officer – and that’s a start, right?

Here are some of the different cars that cops drive around the world – with one of these, you’ll feel like the good guy in no time.

Australia – the Land Down Under

In Australia, most police cars are white – although you do get the occasional blue, red, or neon yellow one as well. For patrol use, Aussie cops use Holden Commodores or Ford Falcons; however, the unmarked cars can range from the Chrysler 300C to the Toyota Prius.  In the streets of Sydney where traffic is dense, police officers have a more effective, four-legged method of transportation – the horse.

The UK – the Commonwealth’s vehicles

In the UK, white or silver cars are vehicles of the law. The majority of community policemen drive Panda cars like the Hyundai i30 or the Peugeot 305, mainly due to their affordability; however, for response cars the armed forces prefer to use new small cars to help them move quickly and with ease.

Germany’s expensive police force

As a major manufacturer of vehicles, it’s no surprise that German police offers generally drive homegrown cars. Germany’s police force utilises the high quality of Mercedes Benz C, E, G and S-Class cars, as well as Volkswagen, Opel, Audi and BMW. Driving the same car as a German police officer certainly does come at a price.

The United States – a land of diversity

With many different states in the US, it shouldn’t be news that different police forces drive different vehicles. State laws dictate the colour and type of vehicle – officers in Connecticut drive unmarked Crown Victorias while the NYPD uses the more popular Nissan Altima or Ford Fusion for their day-to-day duties.

Japan’s speedy cops

Arguably one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world, Japanese police drive a range of cars, many of which are superbly built and coveted by the general public. In the Land of the Rising Sun, the police fleet steers Honda NSXs, Nissan 350Zs, Nissan Skyline GT-Rs, and Subaru WRXs – impressive, right?

Which police car would you love to drive?

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