The LAPD's Teched Out Cruiser

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The LAPD's got a new ride, the Chevrolet Caprice PPV. The car has a 355 hp and 384 foot-pounds of torque engine. But this isn't just some Ford Crown Vic LEE with a fancy new body kit; this cruiser is packed with cutting-edge technology.

The front of the vehicle is equipped with a Forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera that can track the the heat signature of a fleeing suspect's footprints. The ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition) system will automatically alert officers as stolen cars drive by.

The former on-board computer, typically a laptop wedged between the front driver and passenger seats, is gone, replaced with a system built into the car itself and controlled with a touchscreen display mounted in the dash. The new PPV will even feature cutouts in the rear seats to alleviate the discomfort of sitting with hands cuffed.


[Translogic via Popular Science]

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There is a small town south of San Antonio that uses seized property from drug raids to outfit their police department. It's a small office with flat screen TV's, new computers, big police trucks/SUV's with 20" rims and even sports cars. People were upset at first, because locals thought the department was using tax money for these "upgrades". They did a news story about it a week or so ago and it makes me wonder why more departments don't just retrofit seized vehicles/property. It has to be cheaper than getting a fleet of ugly assed Caprices. Also, that FLIR system and the ALPR system are modular and can be added to any vehicle running police software. San Antonio has serveral police "Chargers" with the ALPR system on board.