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    Post How to ID Covert Cops - AOL Article

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    ([replacer_a]) -- If you have a heavy foot and may travel a bit over the speed limit, you might want to keep an eye out for these popular police car models.
    Not all police cars are as clearly marked as this one.





    What to watch for on the interstate
    The Ford Crown Victoria is the most popular police car currently in production. Renowned for its durability, many speeders have seen this unfortunate sight in their rear view mirror. But there are other patrol vehicles that road warriors should recognize, and many of them are faster than the popular Crown Vicky.
    Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor: The standard
    Officers value the Ford Crown Victoria Interceptor for its durability, size, and overall performance. These cruisers feature reinforced frames, a special 4.6-liter V-8, and other heavy-duty components that enable them to handle high-speed chases. According to The Michigan State Police, the fastest Crown Victoria Interceptor will hit 128 mph.
    Chevrolet Impala: Under the radar
    The Chevy Impala is one of the best-selling cars in the U.S. This makes it the perfect choice for police departments who want a car that blends in with traffic. The Impala's familiar shape doesn't stand out or call attention to itself. Fitted with the special Police Package (code 9C1), this mid-size sedan with a 3.9-liter V-6 engine hits an impressive 140 mph.
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    Chevrolet Tahoe: Probably not taking kids to soccer camp
    Some police departments need the strength and power that only a full-size SUV can deliver. Fitted with the special PPV option, the big Chevy Tahoe SUV can hit 133 mph thanks to its high-performance 5.3-liter V-8 with 320 horsepower.
    Look for the black wheels with tiny center hubcaps as a tip-off should you see one unmarked or without a light bar.
    Dodge Magnum: The wagon that knows how to haul
    Dodge produced their last Magnum police car in 2008, but many police departments still have these station wagons in service. Fitted with the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, the wagon can hit 131 mph and charge up to that speed with muscle-car type performance. The wagon sprints from 0-60 mph in under six seconds. Top 10 cop cars of all time
    HUMMER H3: Special duty
    The H3 may be the smallest model in the HUMMER family, but it remains a very capable off-road vehicle. The police-version of the H3 is fortified for running off-road and carries other equipment necessary for police duty. The H3 can be equipped with a 5.3-liter V-8, but high-speed pursuit is not this vehicle's forte, except when the chase is across a desert, through fields, or over the Rubicon.
    Harley-Davidson Electra Glide: King of the road
    Police departments also utilize an assortment of motorcycles in their quest to keep motorists safe. The Michigan State Police test two-wheelers on an annual basis and the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide is a perennial favorite. While the Harley offers other performance benefits, with a top speed of just 104 mph, they are not the best for high-speed pursuits.
    Dodge Charger: That cop car's got a HEMI!
    The sight of a Dodge Charger police car should be enough to make you think twice about attempting to out run an officer behind the wheel of one of these. Equipped with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8, the Charger can hit a staggering 146 mph. This makes the Dodge the fastest mainstream police car available. But what about vehicles that aren't mainstream? AOL Autos: Wonder wagons
    Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
    Harper Woods, Michigan borders Detroit: It's a relatively quiet bedroom community that packs a big surprise for anyone speeding on the section of Interstate 94 running across its borders: a 2005 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Acquired to boost "community relations" and to intimidate speeders, the Shelby's supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 puts out 450 horsepower and will easily exceed 150 mph. AOL Autos: Fast cars --join the 600 horsepower club
    Police ID: What to look for in unmarked vehicles
    Departments often use unmarked vehicles, many of which will be identical to their fully outfitted cruisers. Unmarked cars and trucks enable more stealthy operations. Tips for identifying unmarked police cars include looking for; light bars mounted in the rear window, municipal license plates, painted black wheels, and dividers between the front and rear seats. AOL Autos: First drive of 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
    Future cop car: Coming to a highway near you
    Carbon Motors, a new company located in Georgia, is developing the E7, a purpose-built police interceptor. With a wheelbase of 122-inches and an overall length of 200-inches, the E7 is bigger than current Crown Victoria or Charger cop cars. Power for the E7 will be a 300-horsepower clean-diesel that should give the car a top-speed of 155 mph. AOL Autos: Cops in the sky
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    Default Re: How to ID Covert Cops - AOL Article

    This is a great article! I'm adding it to my stealth car porfolio.

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    Default Re: How to ID Covert Cops - AOL Article

    Also look for spot lights by the side mirrors.
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    Default Re: How to ID Covert Cops - AOL Article

    Quote Originally Posted by StlouisX50 View Post
    Also look for spot lights by the side mirrors.


    Already have that covered
    Last edited by snoopyc4; 07-08-2009 at 12:03 PM.

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    Default Re: How to ID Covert Cops - AOL Article

    I'm attuned to the Impala as a cop car already since they are the federal/military police car of choice, and I work on federal property. Unfortunately, I've never seen one in use on civilian land, so my mental Impala alerts are usually false alarms.

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    Default Re: How to ID Covert Cops - AOL Article

    I am quite surprised. They have them all over out in the STL Area

    (Off topic) I always love how there is "Federal Property" and "State Property", meaning you can not tresspass on them, however as a US Citizen you should be able to go where you want on any of those properties, you pay for it.
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    Default Re: How to ID Covert Cops - AOL Article

    Quote Originally Posted by StlouisX50 View Post
    (Off topic) I always love how there is "Federal Property" and "State Property", meaning you can not tresspass on them, however as a US Citizen you should be able to go where you want on any of those properties, you pay for it.
    You want random Joe Schmoes wandering around your military bases?
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    Default Re: How to ID Covert Cops - AOL Article

    Quote Originally Posted by supercowpowers View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by StlouisX50 View Post
    (Off topic) I always love how there is "Federal Property" and "State Property", meaning you can not tresspass on them, however as a US Citizen you should be able to go where you want on any of those properties, you pay for it.
    You want random Joe Schmoes wandering around your military bases?
    Well put it this way. The military is mighty and should probably be on guard all the time, secret or actual safety restrictions I can understand. But for everything to be so restricted I do not really understand that.
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    Default Re: How to ID Covert Cops - AOL Article

    First step is to be able to positively ID the car-types, as listed in the original thread.

    Then, look out for hardware like;
    In-cabin strobe lights, CB Antennae, other antennae, police package vehicles etc...

    Also look out if they "fit the profile"...

    Driven by one person, usually male, usually clean-cut (no funky or hippy hairstyles), lack of personal items within the cabin (shirt hangers, cushions etc), lack of decals on the exterior.

    I was going to attach pictures, but.... decided not to, not here, not where bots can see them.

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    Default Re: How to ID Covert Cops - AOL Article

    Quote Originally Posted by chriskohtc View Post
    First step is to be able to positively ID the car-types, as listed in the original thread.

    Then, look out for hardware like;
    In-cabin strobe lights, CB Antennae, other antennae, police package vehicles etc...

    Also look out if they "fit the profile"...

    Driven by one person, usually male, usually clean-cut (no funky or hippy hairstyles), lack of personal items within the cabin (shirt hangers, cushions etc), lack of decals on the exterior.

    I was going to attach pictures, but.... decided not to, not here, not where bots can see them.
    Correct , other things are the "in-car cage"
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