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2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV

Photos by Ian Merritt

Note: Also check out Damon’s Cop Car Walk-around: 2012 Dodge Charger Police Car.

police car

The 2012 Dodge Charger police car looks plenty menacing. Please pardon the grassy surroundings; we snapped these pics on private property, because we were worried about getting cited for impersonating a police officer.

With Ford’s cancellation of the long-running Crown Victoria Police Interceptor after the 2012 model year, the police-car market is more up-for-grabs than it has been in nearly two decades. We figured that now is a good time to take a quick, up-close look at the current cop cars that the Detroit Three are offering to police fleets nationwide, as all those Crown Vics near the end of their service lives.

motorcycle lane splitting in California

While this motorcycle maniac can legally split traffic in California, your grandmother can get a ticket in that state for walking across the street.

Although I’ve visited California frequently over the past 20 years—and even lived there briefly back in the ’70s—it always takes a while after arrival to acclimate to the local climate. And I don’t mean the weather. I mean the driving climate. Which, like the weather, differs from that of the rest of the country.

2013 Chevrolet Caprice PPV, front

2013 Chevrolet Caprice PPV

I like police cars. I think they’re cool, exciting, and just plain bad-ass. It’s thrilling when I see one speeding down the road with the lights flashing and the siren going. Even though the mid-1990s Chevrolet Caprices and Ford Crown Victoria-based Police Interceptors weren’t the best looking vehicles to my eyes, they still exhibited a certain measure of get-out-of-my-way authority when dressed in police livery.