Police cars all over the world

Published on August 19th, 2010

Officers of the Law upholding justice and the Law itself have always needed and used vehicles, be it cars or bikes, that are powerful, fast and capable of executing dangerous or risky moves and manoeuvrings in order to chase and apprehend crooks and criminals on the run, while patrolling the streets to ensure that members of the public are safe, and law and order is upheld and maintained.

In Malaysia, in the 1970s’ and 1980s’, the Royal Malaysian Police force used a number of cars ranging from the Mitsubishi Galant and the Alfasud, to the Volvo 240GL and the Volvo 360 compact sedan.

Then from the mid 1990s’ onwards, the Royal Malaysian Police force started using more notable cars, such as the Mitsubishi Pajero L047, Proton Satria GTi, the Proton Putra, and the most famous, or rather infamous of all, the Volvo 850 T5 estate, all of which were used for highway patrol on the PLUS North-South highway.

The mere sight alone of the Royal Malaysian Police force’s Volvo 850 T5 estate cruising along on the PLUS North-South highway was a good deterrent against speeding excessively on the North-South PLUS highway, as the urban legend about the Volvo 850 T5 estate was that almost no car, supercars excluded, could outrun this powerful, force-fed induction estate from the land of the Vikings.

The Volvo 850 T5 estate also gained notoriety and quite a good following during that time thanks to the famed touring car driver Rickard Rydell, who successfully drove the Volvo 850 T5 estate to numerous victories in the British Touring Car Championships during that very same time period.

The latest car used by the Royal Malaysian Police force that has turned heads and raised eyebrows is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, with about twenty-five or so units now serving in the Royal Malaysian Police force. Traffic police officers in certain countries around the world have had and enjoyed the pleasure of driving more enviable, expensive, luxurious and much faster cars compared to their Malaysian counterparts, such as in Germany and Italy.

Who could forget the mid 1990s’ when the German police force had at their disposal, a fleet of E36 BMW M3 sedans to patrol what is said to be the highway that offers the ultimate driving pleasure and experience in terms of speed and adrenaline, the German Autobahn. Traffic police officers in certain countries have always had a penchant for posh wheels, whether it’s a Range Rover Sport or a Volvo V70 T5.

But some police forces are luckier than others, with some seriously hot wheels at their lucky disposal to go out and apprehend crooks, cons and criminals in, while stirring up feelings of envy and fear amongst other road users who happen to witness such hot wheels in action burning rubber and scorching the tarmac in the name of the law. Such supercars that have been spotted being used as police cars are none other than the Lamborghini Gallardo, Mercedes Benz CLS 55AMG, Lexus IS-F, Jaguar XF, Porsche Panamera, Lotus Exige and Honda NSX, just to name a few.

With the frightening sight of such lightning quick supercars decked in police colours, with the siren blaring and lights flashing, and with almost no chance at all of outrunning or losing the law enforcement that is in hot pursuit, it should be more than enough to convince the crooks and criminals to give up on their law breaking demeanor and just give up, repent, and go back to becoming ordinary, law abiding citizens, or else…?

When law enforcement means being able to patrol the streets and hunt down crooks, cons and criminals in Italian thoroughbreds such as the Lamborghini Gallardo, then the crooks, cons and criminals should seriously consider a change in career, perhaps even to law enforcement.

words: Azdee Amir  pix: Various Sources



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