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  1. Ballistic panels

    Having previously sat though NCALT packages and other training sessions about stay safe etc, and what to use as cover from firearms one of the things they say is don't use vehicle doors as they offer no protection and usually the trainer says "ever see those american cop shows where they hide behind the doors, well they offer no protection whatsoever" well actually most american police vehicles have ballistic panels (as shown below) so can be used as cover. Which made me wonder, does any force put these panels on any of their vehicles? Would it be something that could be done or would it be a waste of money in the UK? I appreciate you aren't going to stop an AK47 with this sort of thing but I have seen police cars in met land with holes in the door from small arms fire, luckily no officers were injured.
  2. Placing of lights

    i have wondered why the police have the lights in different places on the vans i have noticed in Lancs on the vans our lights are on the top but near the rear and i have seen other vans in Greater Manchester with them at front and other with two (one at front and back), why do we have these strange placements especially in Lancs?
  3. Ford police van

    I see the worlds ugliest police van has now arrived... Saw a few at our vehicle garage getting ready for the streets!
  4. Vauxhall Astra Patrol Vehicles

    My force moved away from the excellent Ford Focus patrol cars in favour of the awful Vauxhall Astra's. I personally know of two incidents where an officer has parked a Vauxhall Astra (the model depicted below) on a hill and have returned to their vehicle, only to find it has rolled down the hill. On each occasion, the handbrake was applied.  Apparently, this is a known issue on this particular model but this is only hearsay. Surely if that was the case, something would be done to address it. I would therefore be interested to know if anyone has heard of this happening in their force?   Â
  5. Housekeeping Rules

    All Most threads in Police Vehicles are of great interest to many, and thank you to those who regularly contribute here. I would ask that we all make sure that threads stay on topic - there have been a few recently that have meandered off so that the thread no longer "does what it says on the tin". I hope that it won't become necessary to start splitting topics that do this, so please have a think before pressing the POST button - if your reply is going off-topic how about starting a separate thread? We remain aware of the risks posed by disclosing information on vehicle information that is not available to the general public. In the past, this has often resulted in some post editing by various moderators, and I know that this topic has created much debate on here in the past. I would, therefore, like to propose the following guidelines: 1. Marked police vehicles are very much in the public domain, and as such the vehicle type, force and registration number can be posted, if it is felt necessary. There is no problem with detailing the livery carried. 2. If the marked vehicle has a marked purpose physically displayed on it in words (eg Dog Section, Marine Unit, etc) then that can also be posted, but not any purpose which would not be noted by a passing member of the public (eg firearms, or other specialist purpose). An identical exclusion applies to any codes or markings which may indicate a vehicle's purpose. 3. Operational information, such as the specific location where a vehicle is based, should not be posted. 4. Details of unmarked vehicles (vehicle types, colour, registration, or location) should not be posted under any circumstances. I hope that a few ground rules will ensure that this forum does not become a source of information that is not available to the general public.

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