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Chargers and a K-9
Police Car Photos
No: 6008   Contributor: Marcel Sloover   Year: 2012   Manufacturers: Dodge, Ford   Country: United States of America
Chargers and a K-9

Dodge Chargers and a Ford K-9 unit West Jordan Police near the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, August 2012.
Picture added on 24 April 2013 at 07:11
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Question for the experts:
It looks to me that the two most common vehicles in use in the USA are the Crown Vic and the Charger. One seems to be used by Federal forces and the other by local / state, or am I wrong here?

Added by Marcel Gommers - UK on 24 April 2013.
The Crown Vic has been the most popular police car in the US and Canada for many years. (Also the most popular taxi -- many taxi companies buy secondhand Crown Vics from police auctions.)

Crown Vics are large and thirsty, but seem to be relative cheap to buy and maintain. Ford has specialized in equipping Crown Vics for police service -- big engines, heavy high-speed suspension, etc.

But Ford is no longer making the Crown Vic, so the Dodge Charger is becoming the most popular new model. Also the Chevrolet sedans -- Malibu, Impala. And sometimes Ford's newer models. Further, the police seem to be using more and more SUVs -- Chevy, GMC, Ford, and sometimes Dodge.

I don't think there's much difference between Federal and State/Local purchasing; all have a very strong preference for US brands.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP, the state police there) has a reputation for the most thorough testing of car models, and so many other agencies buy whatever CHP is buying. I just googled "CHP vehicles" and discoverd that their newest standard model is a police-special Ford SUV, not a sedan. That site says CHP has about 4000 patrol vehicles.

Here in Portland, the police have run with Crown Vics for many years and are now switching to Chargers. Also Chevy Tahoe SUVs. They also have BMW motorcycles.

Anybody watch the "Grimm" TV series? It runs on NBC, but I guess people outside the US can stream it from the NBC website. It's an interesting cop show, set and filmed here in Portland (they even filmed a shot in my building about 2 weeks ago). You can see a good selection of imitation Crown Vics and Chargers in correct livery. And the captain drives a black Chevy Tahoe SUV.

Added by Michael Feldman on 24 April 2013.
Grimm is good alright, available in Ireland & the UK on the SKY platform :). Are the Crown Vics displayed in that show that accurate ie lighting?

Added by Austin on 25 April 2013.
Well, the actual cars have a variety of light-bar models. The ones in the show look OK to me. The unmarks do have red and blue strobes in the windshield.

The show cars are (if memory serves) slightly bogus in the markings. They have a shield on the door along with the "Portland Police" lettering; the real cars have a large rose instead. (The rose is Portland's symbol -- it's called the "rose city".) Other than that, the old (mostly white) and new (very dark blue with white doors) liveries both appear in the show and are both accurate.

Finally, I've heard the actors refer to the Portland Police Department; in fact, it's officially called Portland Police Bureau.

[I know, this is somewhat off-topic]
The outdoor scenes are all authentic Portland locations; one of the crew members told me that nearly all the indoor shots are done in a studio made from a large warehouse in the Northwest Industrial district.

They did turn my building's nice art-deco entrance lobby into a simulated hotel entrance with a fictional name. Many of us residents spent an evening out in the street watching them film 30 seconds of TV. It's supposed to appear in one of the last couple of episodes in May.

Added by Michael Feldman on 26 April 2013.
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