Sporty Police Cars

March 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

by Mike Scott - Also by this author

 

Crown Victorias and Dodge Chargers and may be among the most typical makes and models of police cars used in the United States today.

However some departments have a handful of “sportier” cars, many of which are used in special ways. From Corvettes and Mustangs to a Porsche Carrera and Cadillacs, some police officers get a chance to drive some of the fastest sports vehicles in the world while on duty. (For more pictures of police cars mentioned in this article, check out our gallery.)

In many cases these fleet vehicles are used as a symbol of law en-forcement within a community, and are often displayed at community events. They also are frequently used when law enforcement officials are engaged in educational activities with local elementary, middle and high school students.

Yet when these sporty cars are asked to go on police runs, the advantage of speed is also apparent and obvious, according to some police officers and personnel.

The Hoover (Ala.) Police Department does have a 2001 Porsche Carrera 911 as part of its fleet. The vehicle was confiscated in 2007 as part of a drug bust where the driver who was stopped was found with 10 kilos of cocaine in the vehicle.

It took some time for the process to be completed so that the department could use the confiscated sports car to meet its needs. Chief Nicholas Derzis saw an opportunity to use the vehicle as an educational tool and for special events, something that the city often hosted. In fact, there are more than 60 events during the average year within the city limits, said Cpt. James Coker.

“Think about it we had an opportunity to use a vehicle of that quality that didn’t cost us anything so in retrospect what a great thing to seize,” Coker said. “We even used drug money to outfit it.”

The Porsche is always driven by one police officer and while it is often used for special events, it can be used on runs as needed.

“It’s pretty well known in our community that you want to be careful not to have a Porsche with blue headlights following you,” Coker said. “It is a marked police unit even if it is not an active patrol. We would and have asked it to respond when needed.”

“Let’s put it this way – that vehicle does attract a lot of interest on the interstate.”

COMMENTS

  1. 1. courtney-commercial [ January 31, 2012 @ 10:29AM ]

    great story of ways to use confiscated and exotic automobiles in law enforcement and community programs.

 

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