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BrabusAMG
Posted: Apr 7 2018, 03:47 AM
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I do like the new retro look for Paris. I saw a video of it responding recently; they're even using a wail siren on top of the regulation French police siren:




Chicago's new design looks cool. I see they've used the Battenburg design taken from their hats.


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Posted: May 3 2018, 04:28 AM
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Only thing that can improve that video would be having this as the background music for it:


Still would be interesting to see that design adopted nation-wide. I would actually prefer Renault Fluence as police car in Paris, but Europeans consider sedans impractical, so the closest thing would be new Megane. Maybe Peugeot 508 would do that livery some justice. Or they can outright get more of these.


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Posted: May 24 2018, 06:00 PM
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So traffic officers got new units with a somewhat cooler livery:
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Posted: Aug 3 2018, 03:45 PM
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It does look cooler than what they were using before.


In other news, Kanton Sarajevo in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was first to adopt new design for their police cars:



And in comparison, EURO-friendly update for police of Republic of Srpska:



Second one actually reminding me promo video of Georgian police from few years back, before they went full Hawaii.



Speaking of Georgia, they really love to change paint scheme on their patrol cars every now and often. Their NYPD design used on Skoda Octavia patrol cars, and their OCP (Toronto) design from Ford Interceptor delivery being obsolete now, they kind of look like Israeli police with their new hybrid patrol cars from Mitsubishi.



Also, thanks to change in legislature, it will be legal (again) to use combination of red and blue in lightbar for emergency services in Czech Republic. Kinda late in the day, but at least we may be able to see more like this in near future:



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Posted: Sep 4 2018, 04:26 AM
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This year must be good for design updates. While travelling, I recently saw a brand-new ZB Commodore police car on a transporter truck. The lightbar is new; it's all silver with no coloured top. I couldn't quite tell what make it was. But the first thing I noticed was a slight change in the livery. The biggest change was that the POLICE lettering is now bilingual, with "Pirihimana" (the Māori word for "Police") written underneath.

Sadly, I couldn't get a photo sad.png. I'll try to get one the next time I see the car.

I must say, those Costa Rican Hiluxes look really smart in dark blue cool.png.


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Posted: Jan 19 2019, 12:24 PM
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And here we have fresh off the presses, a new entry to the fleet (except that it's actually ten years old tongue.png ) 2009 Audi RS6, that got confiscated from the previous owner, and since no other agency wanted it, it ended up with South Moravian traffic division. So it overnight became the fastest Czech police car (that is actually owned by the police). It's also first car that is entering the service with updated red/blue lightbar:

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My only gripe is the tiny lettering, that is almost the size of magnetic tabs used on unmarked vehicles:

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Kinda strange, when even the repainted A6s are using almost the same size of lettering as the new S6s of the protective service.


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Posted: Mar 21 2019, 02:02 PM
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QUOTE (BrabusAMG @ Sep 4 2018 @ 04:26 AM)
brand-new ZB Commodore police car

There you go.

As goes for VWs in service of Paris Police Prefecture, it's apparently not just a matter of using "green" patrol cars in capital city of France, but rather a gesture, to bolster the alliance between France and Germany. And Police Prefecture of Paris is now getting more E-Golfs, and also Passat patrol cars to refresh their fleet.

Also, it seems that our traffic police got a thing for reusing older cars for the highway patrol. This time it's the car previously used by no one else that the former police president himself, and while Lieutenant general Tuhý left the police service, and became Czech ambassador in Slovakia, his car will now catch car thieves and smugglers in Hradec Králové Region (Königgrätz).


And in relation to return of red/blue lightbars in use of core emergency services in Czechia, here is the video from October, introducing the change to public:



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Posted: Mar 21 2019, 03:57 PM
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Isn't Srpskaa just Serbia? Anyway I always found it funny how when using Cyrillic they switch back to English lettering on the J, I guess Cyrillic don't have a J, Meanwhile old Jugoslavia (Bosnia and Croatia now) prefer to stick to English alphabet vs Cyrillic. happy.png

My city recently sold off most of their fleet, They now are going to Ford Explorers and Dodge Chargers, Impalas were sold off and likely Ford CrownVics will follow them soon. sad.png We still have yet to get the Ford Taurus police car even though the State Police have some and we never did get the Aussie Caprices either even though State Police got them too. sad.png mad.png


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Posted: Mar 23 2019, 01:30 AM
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QUOTE (Paul Spain @ Mar 22 2019, 08:57 AM)
Isn't Srpskaa [sic] just Serbia?

Yes, it is. Cyrillic does have a j, it's й, or "short i"; I'm not sure why the Yugoslav languages use j instead. Maybe they thought it was more noticeable? I've always like Cyrillic script, that's why I taught myself to read it. happy.png

By the way, it's not the "English Alphabet", it's the "Roman Alphabet" or "Latin Alphabet", because it was invented by the Romans for the Latin language (but they borrowed a few letters from Greek).

QUOTE (Dark One @ Mar 22 2019, 07:02 AM)
There you go.

Thanks! Unfortunately, I still haven't seen one in person yet. Judging from that photo, it looks like they're using the Federal Signal Integrity now, instead of the Code 3. I've always thought FedSig made brighter lights than anyone else, so it's nice to see them on cop cars now. biggrin.png

Hmm ... those new Czech cruisers made me think: it would be awesome if the NZ Government's fleet of BMW 7 Series were donated to the Police when they get replaced! laugh.png


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Posted: May 1 2019, 02:06 PM
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QUOTE (Paul Spain @ Mar 21 2019, 03:57 PM)
Isn't Srpskaa just Serbia? Anyway I always found it funny how when using Cyrillic they switch back to English lettering on the J, I guess Cyrillic don't have a J, Meanwhile old Jugoslavia (Bosnia and Croatia now) prefer to stick to English alphabet vs Cyrillic. happy.png

Yes, but not quite. 'Republic of Serbia' is successor to Yugoslav Socialist Republic of Serbia, 'Republic of Srpska' is Bosnian Serb Republic within Bosnia and Herzegovina, with their own government and police.

But speaking of Serbia, this is how their police cars looks like now:



By the way, since reusing a strobe lightbar based on design from eighties by the end of the second decade of 21st century is no good, traffic police updated their Audi fleet with LED lightbars. Unfortunately it happened before the law change, so it's still all blue (for now, at least).

Also, Prague just got new patrol cars, and these are Skoda again:


Hopefully national police will soon follow the suit, because they pretty much abandoned the Hyundai contract by now, and while the next selection was won by Skoda, it got contested by Hyundai for change.


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Posted: May 13 2019, 05:57 PM
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What's wrong with all-blue? I've always preferred that for police cars. If another colour is needed for better visibility, then white or orange would work just as well. That said, red and blue can look really nice with the right livery.

Speaking of which, Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services recently got a new fire engine with a different livery. Even more interesting, they've installed red and blue lights:



As far as I know, this is the first fire service in Canada to adopt blue lights. It's a little ironic, since Ontario was the last province to use blue lights on police cars (or any other emergency vehicle). Before that, blue was only used on snow ploughs.


By the way, there's been a new development in the New Zealand Police fleet: the new Commodore "sedans" (Sportbacks) don't have much rear headroom, making it difficult to get tall criminals in the back seat laugh.png. They might have to start buying the wagons instead, like in the UK and Sweden.


(PS: Did anyone else miss Macedonia's name-change to North Macedonia?)


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Posted: Jun 5 2019, 02:34 PM
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I already mentioned it before, but it's the matter of different wavelength. Different color being visible under different conditions, red light being visible from greater distance, and so on. After all experts spent years fighting the DoT, and their dumb excuse, I mean the official statement, that people would mistake red beacon with brake light. And there you have it:




On related matter, traffic police is celebrating 100 years of their existence, so they presented a selection of their past and present vehicles on this year's IDET/ISET fair in Brno. Including the RS6 of South-Moravian highway patrol with improved door decals:

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One is wondering though, why it was initially marked with that small lettering in the first place. The car was originally red, so they had to wrap it entirely anyway, yet it ended up looking like half-assed GTA retexture, or a movie prop.


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Posted: Jun 30 2019, 01:40 PM
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June being once again the time of police days all across the country, protective service wasn't wasting their time, and updated their fleet with red/blue lighting:

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Unfortunately, only Audi of traffic division with red/blue lightbar so far (besides the RS6) is from the Capital, just changing one of the covers on their old strobe brick, while their other A6 actually got the same lightbar that is on RS6, but in different configuration, and all blue.



And since the police force of Poland is also celebrating 100 years of their existence this year, they gave themselves new uniforms, and BMW patrol cars as a gift:



Getting maybe little bit too German-like in process (but I guess that anything goes, when it's for traffic safety):



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Posted: Sep 9 2019, 01:19 PM
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And it's finally here! Even though the Czech Ministry of Interior already filed a lawsuit against the cancellation of their previous selection tender for new patrol cars, they couldn't afford to wait any longer, and since their new selection went uncontested, contract got signed last Friday, and police will be getting about two thousand of new vehicles by the end of this year. biggrin.png

Among others, 30 Ford Rangers, 300 VW Transporters, and 865 Skoda Octavia Combi patrol cars:



Oh, and by the way. Earlier this year, Vošický got fired, laugh.png Hyundai is Hyundai again, and as goes for their Tucson contract, I guess that police won't be getting any more than the 91 they already put into service.


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