Most intimidating police cars
Even though police cars bear some resemblance to standard production sedans and SUVs, they aren’t.Instead, they are souped up specialty vehicles equipped with custom police-specific powertrain and equipment. Personally, I think the police should look ‘effective and capable’ without looking too intimidating. That’s one reason our department does not allow web belts or open handcuff cases, or allow you to ‘play’ (not that any self-respecting officer would) with your baton, or other ‘tools’, on duty.Can’t tell you how many times a ‘bad guy’ looked at the date of a graduation, saw it was last year and figured, “I can take this rookie”, and tried.Another past time, one of our illustrious police chiefs from out of town, decided the cars should have the location of assignment placed in red on the back doors.Recently, the Michigan State Police posted the preliminary results of their testing and some of the performance figures are truly impressive.Here’s a closer look at the 10 fastest police cars in America.
That being said, things can be taken a bit too far.
Bad guys, sock with rock in hand, ready to bust a car window, sees a car pull up to a stop sign with, “Recruitment” on the side in blazing red and… They see a car pull up that reads, “Sixth District Task Force” or “Street Crimes Unit”, Or “Tactical”, or “Special Forces”, and they run, or at least chill out and leave.
So, to answer your question, a police officer’s presence is the first level of force.
(Yes, you can choose to lead police on a high speed chase, but that’s generally not advisable because they never end well.) That’s where the Michigan State Police steps in.
Every year, the department puts Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler’s latest patrol car offerings through a grueling series of performance tests including acceleration and top speed.