Police Car   FAQ

Do flashing lights, a siren and a police decal make a car or truck a police car ?
When people use the words "police car", they are usually referring to a vehicle specially design and built to be used as a police car. It is called a Police Package vehicle, and is only available for sale to law enforcement, government agencies, and fire departments. These vehicles have many heavy duty components and are built stronger than standard vehicles.  Some police departments, however, have used regular, retail cars as police vehicles. They buy a regular car right from a dealer, and then add emergency equipment, lights, siren, and decals. Departments have used cars such as the Dodge Intrepid(several departments), Mercury Grand Marquis, Ford Taurus(Washington DC), recent model Ford Mustang (Kansas Highway Patrol),  and older model Pontiac Bonneville & Oldsmobile Delta 88 (Pittsburgh PA).

What is the difference between a Police Package and a Police Special Service Package ?
Police Package vehicles are meant for regular police work, as patrol and pursuit cars. Police Special Service Package is for special or light duty only. These are not meant to be used a pursuit cars.

Recent Police Package Vehicle include:
2006-present Dodge Charger, 2006-2008 Dodge and Magnum, 1992-1997 and 1998-2011 Ford Crown Victoria/Police Interceptor, 1990-1995 Ford Taurus, 2000-present Chevrolet Impala, 1991-1996 Chevrolet Caprice, 1995-1999 Chevrolet Lumina, 2002-2003 Dodge Intrepid, 1997-1999 and 2005-2007 Chevrolet Tahoe (2wd model only), 1995-2001 Jeep Cherokee.

Recent Police Special Service vehicles include:
1993-2002 Chevrolet Camaro, 1995-2010 Ford Explorer, 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, 1998-present Ford Expedition, 1999-present Chevrolet Tahoe 4wd, 1983-1993 Ford Mustang, 1991-1992 Chevrolet Camaro.

Is a Police Package and a Taxi Package the same thing ?
Not exactly. Police and Taxi packages do share many of the heavy duty components, but the Police Package has upgraded tires, suspension and engine components.

I saw a taxi cab with a Police Package sticker on the window or a Police Interceptor badge on the back. Why is that ?
That car was formerly a police car. Many taxi company buy used police cars. Police Package cars are built to last a long time. Used police cars are not always too great looking when the police are done with them and are fairly cheap to buy at auction. Taxi package cars will always have been originally painted yellow. If it is a police package car, you may notice the original color of the car when you open the door.  A good number of used police cars become taxis, and can be found in most US, Canadian, and Mexican cities. New York City requires that taxis be brand new, and not retired police cars. 

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