Indeed, there really isn't anything "special" about most police cars such as vics. Most modifications are done "post purchase", except some minor touches. Take the impala for instance....GM's website describes what is included with their PD vehicle, but each agency is different. I believe we had our own cages, bars, and rifle casings.Technically anything can be used as a police car.
As of now I don't know of any specific police package to be offered.
Around here we use Impalas and V6 Chargers/Magnums for Civil Division (paper runners, warrant, and court order, etc) and City Police. The State Highway Patrol uses V8 Chargers, Crown Vics, and Tahoes. Most Sheriff Depts. Patrol division use V8 Chargers/Magnums, Crown Vic, Explorers, Tahoes. So we dont have much use for V6s outside the city limits. Unless we get another federal highway grant and blow it like the town next door, then maybe the local PD will get pony patrol car. Im not holding my breath for the Sheriff Department to get their.cop cars need to stay cop cars! i hate nothing more then a shady punk hiding behind a tree, guard rail, sign, bridge, in a black, or any solid color car/truck, and then just jump out (entrapment), squeel tires (improper takeoff as well as wreckless endangerment)
... all this to get some guy who was doing 59 in a 55. thats sure worth it... so now the city gets 100 bucks, the guy is late to work, and the world is a much better place. never mind the robbery that took place around the corner when this guy was HIDING off the side of the road instead of actually making a law enforcement presence throughout the city.
maybe if there were REAL cops going up n down the street by that bank (showing their colors), then the real criminals would be tempted to find other means of making money.
or we can keep using unmarked cars and pick off all the dangerous "speeders" we can focus in areas where the speed limit goes instantly from 55 to 40 or 45, with no warning of the change. and if they dont brake fast enough, we can catch lots of them, just by hiding behind the billboard... they will never know, since we arent in cop cars....
on the other hand, if they are painted like police vehicles, and have visible lights, and are used ON PATROL, then yes they probably should have cars like the camaro, with the power and handling they need to effectively do their job. mainly on highways or other high speed areas. i dont see a need for it in town or where the average speed is 30-40. thats like using a lamborghini for parking lot security. kind of overkill. maybe they should be used by state police for instance, rather then the town bullys.
Start basing speed limits on IQs, and give people incremental speed driver's licenses, and I'll follow the rules more. But when they set most speed limits to be as fast as the lowest common denominator driver can handle, that's what bugs me. I autocross, so I know the limits of my car. I never drive above those limits. But I am constantly driving way below the level I can so I don't get pulled over to feed the government economy. I am not reckless, and I totally appreciate the police, and everything they do, but when speeding 5-10 mph over the limit is the tickets that they go for, then it's just annoying to me. It's not a service, it's a suppression. You don't know my limits, and the politicians who decided speed limits don't either.How about this.....people trash their radar detectors and we will trash the unmarks...but I don't see anyone willing to do that either. Why is it ok for YOU to defeat the system with a detector but when we combat it with unmarks you cry foul? Radar detectors were established well before unmarks. Unmarks were non-existent in Florida unless you were a detective or a chief Less than 10 years ago.....or hell, you could just drive the speed limit