Hey, a friend from Annapolis Volvo in Annapolis, MD sent this to me. They sold Charles County a V70 XC for their K-9 unit. Pretty cool.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/george/charlescounty_v70.jpg">
Nice ride, but the tax payers of that county are going to be pissed when they see what it cost. That, and now I know of one county to do the speed limit in. After all, they will have to pay for that beast somehow. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif">
I don't normally run from the police, nor do I attempt to drive like a nut in the snow. Tell you one thing, it would be pretty wild to take a vehicle like the cops got out for a ride. Do you know of any performance mods that were done for this app?
The car may have been subsidized by the dealer somewhat. Makes for good visibility, and the cops can claim it didn't cost them more than an Impala. Around here, the local VW dealer gave the RCMP a VW Beetle to paint up in livery for use in D.A.R.E. type programs.<P>I know that Volvo has tried to hawk patrol cars to North American agencies before but really only gets a few "demo" cars out.<P>Hell, around here, the cops are getting Durangos. They can't be that much more cheaper than a V70.<P>
No, in actuality, I'd never run either. However, during the blizzard of '96 I did wonder if any criminal type would ever consider robbery with an SUV when no one could get around. Deep thoughts by Jack Handy. Or it might make a good Tarantino movie.
Here in Greater Vancouver, RCMP brought a few leftover S70 T5 SE as a freeway patrol.<P>In Hong Kong, S70 and V70 T5 are 2 of the quickest police cars in the little region. These fast Volvos are the patrol of the highway to the new airport.<P>
Volvo has tried unsuccessfully to get North American Police to go for S70's for years. Unfortunately they always run into the public view that it's a big waste of taxpayer dollars. <P>In a way I have to agree, for your run of the mill patrols, a Crown Vic / Impala is fine. Arguments can be made when high speed pursuits (getting rarer nowadays anyways) are involved, but I think I'd rather have more squad cars out than fewer better ones.<P>Cops here flip cars every 2-3 years anyways, and are experimenting with Durangos, Impalas, and the old standby of the Crown Vic. The Calgary Police Service is very well funded...state of the art speeding equipment :-(<P>
It seems here in Maryland, the police do have some serious green. Over the past few years they have replaced some 90% of their radar guns with laser. They have started to use more traffic cameras, completed an "aggressive driver imaging system, use surburbans and SUV's as un-marked cars, and have also started using more airplanes for speed readings. I am impressed with some of the technology and the ambition, but they still seem to be running 2-steps behind. George is right about the whole robbery during deep snow thing, as the majority of the police cars were useless during the blizzard of '96 and for a few days last year. If a large group got together and wanted to cause problems, they would have had little resistance from the police. Thankfully nobody was that naughty. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/wink.gif">