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Seen here with TV's Angus Nairn is England's West Midlands Police's latest promo tool in their war against speeders. The McLaren 12C Spider costs over €200,000 and will hit a maximum speed of 207mph.

Of course, it's not the most practical police car, and we're not sure what happens to the blue lights when the hard top is removed...


 

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Police cars from around the worldAn arresting display of the world's best and worst cop carsPolice in the UK try the fastest cop car going: McLaren's mighty MP4-12CIan Dicksonsenior editor, MSN CarsEd Soluk2013-04-12T09:15:002013-12-06T10:00:00channeldrivetrue  McLaren 12C SpiderSeen here with TV's Angus Nairn is England's West Midlands Police's latest promo tool in their war against speeders. The McLaren 12C Spider costs over €200,000 and will hit a maximum speed of 207mph.Of course, it's not the most practical police car, and we're not sure what happens to the blue lights when the hard top is removed...topMcLaren 12C SpiderMcLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)McLaren 12C Spider(©Anglia Press Agency)Caparo T1...but this thing makes the McLaren look like a Volvo V70 in terms of practical police car-ness. While the Caparo T1 might struggle to carry a traffic cone, it does hit 60mph in less than 2.5 seconds.Robbers have no chance of escaping the T1. Unless they go down a speed-bumped road, of course.topCaparo T1Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Caparo T1(©REX Features)Lotus EvoraAt least the police have been fairly sensible by opting for a 2+2 Lotus.The Evora hasn't exactly been a hit for the British sportscar company, so getting it on the road with the boys in blue can't do any harm in the PR stakes.topLotus EvoraLotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)Lotus Evora(©Lotus)BMW 4 SeriesGerman tuner AC Schnitzer regularly toys with police cars and its latest creation is this BMW 428i complete with Polizei graphics and flashing lights on the roof. Before being put into service with Germany's finest motorway cops, AC upgraded the engine to 294hp so it should be man enough to chase down speeders on the Autobahn.topBMW 4 SeriesBMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)BMW 4 Series(©BMW)Chevrolet TahoeNamed after a Californian lake, the Chevrolet Tahoe is the perfect US cop car: a bull bar ensures chases are over before you can say "stay in the car, sonny", and its go-anywhere ability means offenders aren't getting away even if they take a detour through the desert. It looks menacing, too, and there's a couple of spotlights to help catch suspects in dark alleys.topChevrolet TahoeChevrolet Tahoe(©Chevrolet)Chevrolet Tahoe(©Chevrolet)Chevrolet Tahoe(©Chevrolet)Chevrolet Tahoe(©Chevrolet)Chevrolet Tahoe(©Chevrolet)Chevrolet Tahoe(©Chevrolet)Chevrolet Tahoe(©Chevrolet)Chevrolet Tahoe(©Chevrolet)Chevrolet Tahoe(©Chevrolet)Chevrolet Tahoe(©Chevrolet)Chevrolet Tahoe(©Chevrolet)Chevrolet Tahoe(©Chevrolet)Chevrolet Tahoe(©Chevrolet)Renault RS MeganeWe know that when it comes to motoring allegiances, the French are ultra-loyal to their home-brewed car firms. Even the police aren’t immune to the charms of a French car: from Paris to Poitiers and every rural idle in between the French cops can usually be seen driving a battered old blue Megane or Scenic VERY FAST. But one Le Flic force has taken delivery of a proper fast response vehicle in the form of the Renaultsport Megane 265.topRenault RS MeganeRenault RS Megane(©Renault)Renault RS Megane(©Renault)Renault RS Megane(©Renault)Renault RS Megane(©Renault)Renault RS Megane(©Renault)Renault RS Megane(©Renault)Renault RS Megane(©Renault)Renault RS Megane(©Renault)Renault RS Megane(©Renault)Renault RS Megane(©Renault)Renault RS Megane(©Renault)Renault RS Megane(©Renault)Renault RS Megane(©Renault)Ferrari FFFirst a Lamborghini and now a Ferrari FF, the Dubai police force is building an impressive fleet of supercars to track speeding motorists in the desert. With four seats, the FF makes more sense than a Lamborghini Aventador as a cop car, and it's just as potent.topFerrari FF(©Getty)Ferrari FF(©Getty)Ferrari FF(©Getty)Ferrari FF(©Getty)Ferrari FF(©Getty)Ferrari FF(©Getty)Ferrari FF(©Getty)Ferrari FF(©Getty)Ferrari FF(©Getty)Ferrari FF(©Getty)Ferrari FF(©Getty)Ferrari FF(©Getty)Ferrari FF(©Getty)Ferrari FF(©Getty)Lamborghini AventadorIt’s known as the capital of bling, so when it comes to policing Dubai, it takes a special kind of cop car to keep up with the hypercars you regularly see in the Emirate city.Step forward the Lamborghini Aventador, the latest addition to the Dubai police force.topLamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini AventadorWhile it’s clearly more of a marketing exercise, it is expected that the Aventador will have a practical purpose as it tries to reign in the propensity for young male drivers to speed on the quiet desert roads.topLamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini AventadorThe £250k Aventador is perfect for the task: its 6.5-litre V12 engine produces 700hp and 508 lb/ft of torque and can hit 62mph in 2.9 seconds.Fast as that is, it will struggle to keep up with a Bugatti Veyron…topLamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Lamborghini Aventador(©AP)Vauxhall AmperaThe Police Service of Northern Ireland has taken delivery of a Vauxhall Ampera police car, the first force in the country to trial the petrol-electric range extender. The great thing about the Ampera is that when the electric power is gone, a petrol motor kicks in - useful when patrolling the more violent neighbourhoods of Belfast where you’re likely to get a petrol bomb through the window.In light of this, we take a look at more interesting police cars from around the world...  topVauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Vauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Vauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Vauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Vauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Vauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Vauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Vauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Vauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Vauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Vauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Vauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Vauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Vauxhall Ampera(©Vauxhall)Ford RS200For boy-racer cops comes the rally-inspired Ford RS200 that Essex police managed to snaffle. With 450hp and a claimed 0-62mph time of 2.1 seconds you’d have to be seriously unhinged to attempt outrunning this.topFord RS200(©Ford)Ford RS200(©Ford)Ford RS200(©Ford)Ford RS200(©Ford)Ford RS200(©Ford)Ford RS200(©Ford)Ford RS200(©Ford)Ford RS200(©Ford)Ford RS200(©Ford)Ford RS200(©Ford)Ford RS200(©Ford)Ford RS200(©Ford)Ford RS200(©Ford)Ford RS200(©Ford)BMW Isetta 300The German police took possession of one of BMW’s cute little bubble cars, though it wouldn’t be much use reeling in speeding executives in their BMWs and Mercedes on the autobahn.topBMW Isetta 300(©BMW)BMW Isetta 300(©BMW)BMW Isetta 300(©BMW)BMW Isetta 300(©BMW)BMW Isetta 300(©BMW)BMW Isetta 300(©BMW)BMW Isetta 300(©BMW)BMW Isetta 300(©BMW)BMW Isetta 300(©BMW)BMW Isetta 300(©BMW)BMW Isetta 300(©BMW)BMW Isetta 300(©BMW)BMW Isetta 300(©BMW)BMW Isetta 300(©BMW)Ford Escort CosworthThe Ford Escort Cosworth was one of the most nicked cars of the 1990s and, if you were unlucky, a car you were likely to be nicked in thanks to a few police forces taking delivery of these powerful machines.topFord Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Escort Cosworth(©Ford)Ford Anglia Oh, isn’t this picture twee – like a scene from Heartbeat with Nick Berry investigating stolen milk bottles and missing cats. Though the Ford Anglia pictured here would have been more comfortable than his motorbike on a freezing Yorkshire morning.topFord Anglia(©Ford)Ford Anglia(©Ford)Ford Anglia(©Ford)Ford Anglia(©Ford)Ford Anglia(©Ford)Ford Anglia(©Ford)Ford Anglia(©Ford)Ford Anglia(©Ford)Ford Anglia(©Ford)Ford Anglia(©Ford)Ford Anglia(©Ford)Ford Anglia(©Ford)Ford Anglia(©Ford)Ford Anglia(©Ford)Ford CapriThe Ford Capri was an 80s legend and about as cool as cop cars get. This one was used by Greater Manchester police, who no doubt drove it through piles of cardboard boxes everywhere.topFord Capri(©Ford)Ford Capri(©Ford)Ford Capri(©Ford)Ford Capri(©Ford)Ford Capri(©Ford)Ford Capri(©Ford)Ford Capri(©Ford)Ford Capri(©Ford)Ford Capri(©Ford)Ford Capri(©Ford)Ford Capri(©Ford)Ford Capri(©Ford)Ford Capri(©Ford)Ford Capri(©Ford)Ferrari 612 ScagliettiCouncil tax payers would be up in arms if our local constabularies started spending our hard-earned taxes on Ferraris such as the four-seat, 612 Scaglietti. This police version, with the optional handling pack, was used as part of a road safety awareness drive in 2007, when it was driven from Belfast to London by real cops. topFerrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Ferrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Ferrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Ferrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Ferrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Ferrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Ferrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Ferrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Ferrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Ferrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Ferrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Ferrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Ferrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Ferrari 612 Scaglietti(©Ferrari)Mitsubishi i-MiEVIt might be expensive for a city car but this is no ordinary urban runaround. With an electric motor it is about as damaging to the environment as a butterfly. And about as effective in its use as a police car: with 66hp and a range limited to around 100 miles, this isn’t the most practical pursuit car.topMitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Mitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Mitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Mitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Mitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Mitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Mitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Mitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Mitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Mitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Mitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Mitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Mitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Mitsubishi i-MiEV(©Mitsubishi)Volvo V70Was any car ever better suited to its role than a traffic cop's Volvo V70? Fast, spacious, reliable and discreet, this mega estate filled the role brilliantly, whether marked or not. In turbocharged flex-fuel form as here, it was ludicrously quick.topVolvo V70(©Volvo)Volvo V70(©Volvo)Volvo V70(©Volvo)Volvo V70(©Volvo)Volvo V70(©Volvo)Volvo V70(©Volvo)Volvo V70(©Volvo)Volvo V70(©Volvo)Volvo V70(©Volvo)Volvo V70(©Volvo)Volvo V70(©Volvo)Volvo V70(©Volvo)Volvo V70(©Volvo)Volvo V70(©Volvo)German police water cannonThe German polizei have this water cannon at their disposal for crowd control and dispersal though it is so menacing-looking we’d be running before they even switched on the tap.topGerman police water cannon(©Rex)German police water cannon(©Rex)German police water cannon(©Rex)German police water cannon(©Rex)German police water cannon(©Rex)German police water cannon(©Rex)German police water cannon(©Rex)German police water cannon(©Rex)German police water cannon(©Rex)German police water cannon(©Rex)German police water cannon(©Rex)German police water cannon(©Rex)German police water cannon(©Rex)German police water cannon(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator Based on a longer wheelbase than the Vauxhall Omega, the Senator was a great traffic cop car with a lusty 24-valve, 3.0-litre engine upgraded to ‘police specification,’ which meant increased low-end torque and terrific crim-catching ability.topVauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog vanPainted in ‘awful grey’ and based on one of Ford’s worst cars ever, the mark five Escort, this is one of the most dreary police cars we’ve ever seen. But in the ‘fitness for purposes’ stakes, this van is perfect for the task of hauling police poodles around.topFord Escort police dog van(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog van(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog van(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog van(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog van(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog van(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog van(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog van(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog van(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog van(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog van(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog van(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog van(©Rex)Ford Escort police dog van(©Rex)Police ski mobileAt a museum of police cars in Rome you can see this polizia ski mobile for use in apprehending miscreants in Alpine hideaways and also rescuing trapped and injured skiers. For the Italian speakers out there it is a Cingolato Da Neve Prinoth T4 from 1976.topPolice ski mobile(©Rex)Police ski mobile(©Rex)Police ski mobile(©Rex)Police ski mobile(©Rex)Police ski mobile(©Rex)Police ski mobile(©Rex)Police ski mobile(©Rex)Police ski mobile(©Rex)Police ski mobile(©Rex)Police ski mobile(©Rex)Police ski mobile(©Rex)Police ski mobile(©Rex)Police ski mobile(©Rex)Police ski mobile(©Rex)Vauxhall OmegaThe Vauxhall Omega is the quintessential cop car: big, powerful and comfortable. Sadly, their numbers are dwindling as their age means police fleet managers are switching to more modern counterparts. Here’s one catching speeding motorists on the M4 motorway.topVauxhall Omega(©Rex)Vauxhall Omega(©Rex)Vauxhall Omega(©Rex)Vauxhall Omega(©Rex)Vauxhall Omega(©Rex)Vauxhall Omega(©Rex)Vauxhall Omega(©Rex)Vauxhall Omega(©Rex)Vauxhall Omega(©Rex)Vauxhall Omega(©Rex)Vauxhall Omega(©Rex)Vauxhall Omega(©Rex)Vauxhall Omega(©Rex)Vauxhall Omega(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloonOur very own Garda Siochana aren’t going to win any cool car accolades with this bland Toyota Corolla saloon cop car.topToyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Toyota Corolla saloon(©Rex)Invicta TourerThis Invicta Tourer was used by the Met Police’s Flying Squad in 1929. This was one of the quickest cars at the disposal of the Flying Squad back in the 20s, chasing bank robbers through the streets of London. This specialist police department is so named because it didn’t adhere to London policing boundaries.topInvicta Tourer(©Rex)Invicta Tourer(©Rex)Invicta Tourer(©Rex)Invicta Tourer(©Rex)Invicta Tourer(©Rex)Invicta Tourer(©Rex)Invicta Tourer(©Rex)Invicta Tourer(©Rex)Invicta Tourer(©Rex)Invicta Tourer(©Rex)Invicta Tourer(©Rex)Invicta Tourer(©Rex)Invicta Tourer(©Rex)Invicta Tourer(©Rex)Holden Commodore Streuth, mate. You wouldn't want this car chomping at your backside. It's the Australian police's Holden Commodore, or what we'd call in the UK a Vauxhall VXR8, and has speed radar guns mounted front and rear to catch speeding motorists driving in either direction.topHolden Commodore(©Rex)Holden Commodore(©Rex)Holden Commodore(©Rex)Holden Commodore(©Rex)Holden Commodore(©Rex)Holden Commodore(©Rex)Holden Commodore(©Rex)Holden Commodore(©Rex)Holden Commodore(©Rex)Holden Commodore(©Rex)Holden Commodore(©Rex)Holden Commodore(©Rex)Holden Commodore(©Rex)Holden Commodore(©Rex)NYPD police trikeThe New York Police Department (NYPD) uses these embarrassing little trikes to beat the city’s traffic and to patrol Central Park. Don’t waste your energy racing one on foot – you could put-pace it at a mere jog.On Bing: more pics of NYPD police trikestopNYPD police trike(©Rex)NYPD police trike(©Rex)NYPD police trike(©Rex)NYPD police trike(©Rex)NYPD police trike(©Rex)NYPD police trike(©Rex)NYPD police trike(©Rex)NYPD police trike(©Rex)NYPD police trike(©Rex)NYPD police trike(©Rex)NYPD police trike(©Rex)NYPD police trike(©Rex)NYPD police trike(©Rex)NYPD police trike(©Rex)Morgan AeromaxTo celebrate 100 years of making handbuilt British sports cars, Morgan jokingly mocked up an Aeromax in the guise of a German police car and displayed it at the Cheltenham festival.topMorgan Aeromax(©Rex)Morgan Aeromax(©Rex)Morgan Aeromax(©Rex)Morgan Aeromax(©Rex)Morgan Aeromax(©Rex)Morgan Aeromax(©Rex)Morgan Aeromax(©Rex)Morgan Aeromax(©Rex)Morgan Aeromax(©Rex)Morgan Aeromax(©Rex)Morgan Aeromax(©Rex)Morgan Aeromax(©Rex)Morgan Aeromax(©Rex)Morgan Aeromax(©Rex)Jaguar MKIIIf you can’t beat ‘em, join them: in the sixties criminals loved the Jaguar mk2 as a getaway car as did the police, who revered its effortless performance and superb road-holding. It also proved popular with TV detective Morse.topJaguar MKII(©Rex)Jaguar MKII(©Rex)Jaguar MKII(©Rex)Jaguar MKII(©Rex)Jaguar MKII(©Rex)Jaguar MKII(©Rex)Jaguar MKII(©Rex)Jaguar MKII(©Rex)Jaguar MKII(©Rex)Jaguar MKII(©Rex)Jaguar MKII(©Rex)Jaguar MKII(©Rex)Jaguar MKII(©Rex)Jaguar MKII(©Rex)Chevrolet CapriceNew York City police officers man a checkpoint in Times Square, using their Chevrolet Caprice cop cars to block the road. Notice the rubber bumper bars to ram other cars off the road. The US cops don’t mess around if they want you to stop.topChevrolet CapriceChevrolet CapriceChevrolet CapriceChevrolet CapriceChevrolet CapriceChevrolet CapriceChevrolet CapriceChevrolet CapriceChevrolet CapriceChevrolet CapriceChevrolet CapriceChevrolet CapriceChevrolet CapriceChevrolet CapriceHolden Commodore SSPolice in New South Wales, Australia, showing a fondness for blue suede shoes with their Elvis sticker and a light-hearted side to policing though there’s nothing relaxed about their Holden Commodore SS police car, with its V8 engine and propensity to oversteer like a one-legged kangaroo.topHolden Commodore SS(©Rex)Holden Commodore SS(©Rex)Holden Commodore SS(©Rex)Holden Commodore SS(©Rex)Holden Commodore SS(©Rex)Holden Commodore SS(©Rex)Holden Commodore SS(©Rex)Holden Commodore SS(©Rex)Holden Commodore SS(©Rex)Holden Commodore SS(©Rex)Holden Commodore SS(©Rex)Holden Commodore SS(©Rex)Holden Commodore SS(©Rex)Holden Commodore SS(©Rex)Ford Crown VictoriaA Ford Crown Victoria police car painted pink to promote breast cancer awareness by the Miami Beach Police Department.topFord Crown Victoria(©Rex)Ford Crown Victoria(©Rex)Ford Crown Victoria(©Rex)Ford Crown Victoria(©Rex)Ford Crown Victoria(©Rex)Ford Crown Victoria(©Rex)Ford Crown Victoria(©Rex)Ford Crown Victoria(©Rex)Ford Crown Victoria(©Rex)Ford Crown Victoria(©Rex)Ford Crown Victoria(©Rex)Ford Crown Victoria(©Rex)Ford Crown Victoria(©Rex)Ford Crown Victoria(©Rex)Vauxhall SenatorThis unmarked Vauxhall Senator police car is peppered with bullet holes following an armed robbery on a security van outside a Barclays Bank in Sidcup, Kent, in 1993. The Senator was a dolled-up Carlton, and a firm favourite of the UK constabularies.topVauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Vauxhall Senator(©Rex)Rover SD1Defendants In the ‘Knightsbridge Safe Deposit Robbery’ are transported to court with a police Rover SD1 escort. Most SD1’s have rotted to oblivion but in its day it was a force to be reckoned with and one of the most iconic British police cars.  topRover SD1(©Rex)Rover SD1(©Rex)Rover SD1(©Rex)Rover SD1(©Rex)Rover SD1(©Rex)Rover SD1(©Rex)Rover SD1(©Rex)Rover SD1(©Rex)Rover SD1(©Rex)Rover SD1(©Rex)Rover SD1(©Rex)Rover SD1(©Rex)Rover SD1(©Rex)Rover SD1(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159Polish police demonstrating a sense of style and European flair with an Alfa Romeo 159 in Polanica Zdroj, Poland.topAlfa Romeo 159(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159(©Rex)Alfa Romeo 159(©Rex)BMW X5Police in Leicestershire, UK, patrolling the streets in a BMW X5 3.0d, the perfect crime-fighting car thanks to its go-anywhere 4x4 ability, torquey diesel engine and council tax-friendly fuel bills.topBMW X5(©Rex)BMW X5(©Rex)BMW X5(©Rex)BMW X5(©Rex)BMW X5(©Rex)BMW X5(©Rex)BMW X5(©Rex)BMW X5(©Rex)BMW X5(©Rex)BMW X5(©Rex)BMW X5(©Rex)BMW X5(©Rex)BMW X5(©Rex)BMW X5(©Rex)Ford Granada Police carry out a traffic check on the M25 at Chertsey in 1984 in a Ford Granada, a stalwart of British police forces in the eighties.topFord Granada(©Rex)Ford Granada(©Rex)Ford Granada(©Rex)Ford Granada(©Rex)Ford Granada(©Rex)Ford Granada(©Rex)Ford Granada(©Rex)Ford Granada(©Rex)Ford Granada(©Rex)Ford Granada(©Rex)Ford Granada(©Rex)Ford Granada(©Rex)Ford Granada(©Rex)Ford Granada(©Rex)Police quad bikeThe Metropolitan Police used versatile quad bikes to patrol the Olympic Park during the 2012 Games. Perhaps they should make cops-on-quads an Olympic sport…topPolice quad bike(©Rex)Police quad bike(©Rex)Police quad bike(©Rex)Police quad bike(©Rex)Police quad bike(©Rex)Police quad bike(©Rex)Police quad bike(©Rex)Police quad bike(©Rex)Police quad bike(©Rex)Police quad bike(©Rex)Police quad bike(©Rex)Police quad bike(©Rex)Police quad bike(©Rex)Police quad bike(©Rex)Jaguar XFAn unmarked duo from the Midlands, headed by a Jaguar XF and flanked by a Land Rover Discovery, carry Russian President Vladimir Putin as he arrives at Downing Street, London, in August 2012.  topJaguar XF(©Rex)Jaguar XF(©Rex)Jaguar XF(©Rex)Jaguar XF(©Rex)Jaguar XF(©Rex)Jaguar XF(©Rex)Jaguar XF(©Rex)Jaguar XF(©Rex)Jaguar XF(©Rex)Jaguar XF(©Rex)Jaguar XF(©Rex)Jaguar XF(©Rex)Jaguar XF(©Rex)Jaguar XF(©Rex)Volkswagen BeetleNormally the reserve of Mexican cops, the German Polizei in the sixties regularly used Volkswagen Beetles for inner-city crime fighting.  topVolkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Volkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Volkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Volkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Volkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Volkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Volkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Volkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Volkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Volkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Volkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Volkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Volkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Volkswagen Beetle(©Rex)Ford TransitThe Ford Transit was the backbone of sixties Britain, in use not just by builders and armed robbers but the government, too. This Transit, used by the Prison Authority to take Peter Kroger - jailed for spying for Russia- to meet his wife in 1969. Who appears to have set up home in the Thames.topFord Transit(©Rex)Ford Transit(©Rex)Ford Transit(©Rex)Ford Transit(©Rex)Ford Transit(©Rex)Ford Transit(©Rex)Ford Transit(©Rex)Ford Transit(©Rex)Ford Transit(©Rex)Ford Transit(©Rex)Ford Transit(©Rex)Ford Transit(©Rex)Ford Transit(©Rex)Ford Transit(©Rex)Toyota Land CruiserIsraeli police patrol the Palestinian suburb of Silwan, East Jerusalem, in a rugged Toyota Land Cruiser complete with a sophisticated anti-brick device: mesh on the windscreen.topToyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Toyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Toyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Toyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Toyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Toyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Toyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Toyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Toyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Toyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Toyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Toyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Toyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Toyota Land Cruiser(©Rex)Subaru ImprezaGerman police lead a tarmac rally in a Subaru Impreza police car as part of a road safety campaign that has the contradictory effect that makes me want to jump in a car and drive really fast.topSubaru Impreza(©Subaru)Subaru Impreza(©Subaru)Subaru Impreza(©Subaru)Subaru Impreza(©Subaru)Subaru Impreza(©Subaru)Subaru Impreza(©Subaru)Subaru Impreza(©Subaru)Subaru Impreza(©Subaru)Subaru Impreza(©Subaru)Subaru Impreza(©Subaru)Subaru Impreza(©Subaru)Subaru Impreza(©Subaru)Subaru Impreza(©Subaru)Subaru Impreza(©Subaru)Mercedes E-ClassPolice cars don’t come more versatile or well-built as a Mercedes E-Class, with this one in use by the German police in Stuttgart.topMercedes E-Class(©Rex)Mercedes E-Class(©Rex)Mercedes E-Class(©Rex)Mercedes E-Class(©Rex)Mercedes E-Class(©Rex)Mercedes E-Class(©Rex)Mercedes E-Class(©Rex)Mercedes E-Class(©Rex)Mercedes E-Class(©Rex)Mercedes E-Class(©Rex)Mercedes E-Class(©Rex)Mercedes E-Class(©Rex)Mercedes E-Class(©Rex)Mercedes E-Class(©Rex)Lotus EvoraThe Romanian Police are mobbed every time they drive their Lotus Evora through the streets of Bucharest, somewhat limiting the ability of its 3.5-litre V6 engine.  topLotus EvoraLotus EvoraLotus EvoraLotus EvoraLotus EvoraLotus EvoraLotus EvoraLotus EvoraLotus EvoraLotus EvoraLotus EvoraLotus EvoraLotus EvoraLotus EvoraJaguar XFWith a twin-turbo 271hp 3.0-litre diesel in the nose, the XF is seriously fast and frugal, and it's a hoot to drive too. So it's just the ticket for motorway cops nationwide to pursue villains, which is why they'll soon be everywhere. topJaguar XF(©Jaguar)Jaguar XF(©Jaguar)Jaguar XF(©Jaguar)Jaguar XF(©Jaguar)Jaguar XF(©Jaguar)Jaguar XF(©Jaguar)Jaguar XF(©Jaguar)Jaguar XF(©Jaguar)Jaguar XF(©Jaguar)Jaguar XF(©Jaguar)Jaguar XF(©Jaguar)Jaguar XF(©Jaguar)Jaguar XF(©Jaguar)Jaguar XF(©Jaguar)Ford GranadaThe Ford Granada and the British bobby: it’s a match made in B-road heaven thanks to the Granada’s rear-wheel-drive layout and range of engines including a V6. This car was notable for being the first European volume production model to have ABS fitted as standard - useful when you're chasing villains around slippery country lanes.  topFord Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford GranadaThe Ford Sierra’s bigger brother, the Granada, offered more comfort and pace to the traffic cop and a proper rival to a mid-range German exec. The 2.9, 24v was a proper hot rod in its day, giving a 0-62mph time of 8.1 seconds.  topFord Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Ford Granada(©Ford)Subaru ForesterThe Subaru Forester is the Swiss Army Knife of cars. Packing an Impreza WRX-rivalling punch cloaked within a family-spec body, and with genuine go-anywhere ability, fast and practical cop cars don’t get much better than this UK example.  topSubaru Forester(©Subaru)Subaru Forester(©Subaru)Subaru Forester(©Subaru)Subaru Forester(©Subaru)Subaru Forester(©Subaru)Subaru Forester(©Subaru)Subaru Forester(©Subaru)Subaru Forester(©Subaru)Subaru Forester(©Subaru)Subaru Forester(©Subaru)Subaru Forester(©Subaru)Subaru Forester(©Subaru)Subaru Forester(©Subaru)Subaru Forester(©Subaru)

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