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Here we go... a picture I found in the local paper. Apologies again for the quality. I don\'t have PSP at the moment and resizing in Paint has it\'s limitations! 8D.
 

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You\'re not going to lose that guy on a twisty road, that\'s for sure!!

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You Brits are funny! already, we\'ve seen a new MINI, in a Gay Pride parade, and now, a MINI Police Car. I hear The Village People, singing;
\" It\'s fun to be at the
Y M C A....\" next, I\'m sure we\'ll see the Queen Mother, tooling home from the hospital, in a Black over Silver, Chilli Pack Cooper!
Is it March, yet??
 

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I understand that BMW are providing a special CopperS variant for preliminary evaluation by the Oxfordshire Police.

One big advantage apparently is the security afforded to rear seated passengers who are virtually `imprisoned` by an almost unfathomable front seat tilt mechanism once ensconsed.

Mysteriously the Police Authority turned down the sunroof option originally offered by BMW.
 

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That CopperS story is not actually completely true, SOME of the facts have been changed to protect the innocent.
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I\'ve seen Geo Metro police cars, but they were only used for parking patrol. Did look funny though, black and white with a light bar. The LA cops are getting Mercedes Benz mountain bicycles, so I guess anything is possible.
 

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doesnt beat a LOTUS ESPRIT S4S onne police force had!
 

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Sorry, i think they could have done a much better job of it than that. It looks awful.
 

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This is not the first time the police have had minis/MINIS.
When I was a student in North Wales in the mid - late 80\'s the police used classic minis. They couldn\'t write the word \'POLICE\' down the side cos the car wasn\'t big enough! Looked quite fun with the blue light in the middle but you really couldn\'t take them seriously.
 

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On 22-08-2001 16:15 LizB wrote:
This is not the first time the police have had minis/MINIS.
When I was a student in North Wales in the mid - late 80\'s the police used classic minis. They couldn\'t write the word \'POLICE\' down the side cos the car wasn\'t big enough! Looked quite fun with the blue light in the middle but you really couldn\'t take them seriously.
And the 80\'s wasn\'t the first time the police used Minis either. Back in the mid-60\'s the Liverpool police, among other police departments, used Cooper S Minis to catch the bad guys. Those special Minis were taken seriously and the few that survived are now very much collector\'s items. And, way back in the early 60\'s a least one Mini 850 was used by a sheriff in the desert in rural Nevada. Cheaper than a horse?
 

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The little town of Le Conner, Washington, used Renault 5\'s, known as \"Le Cars\" here, for 2 years, in the mid 70\'s, that was funny! was the setting of Tom Robbin\'s great book, \"Another Roadside Attraction\" I had a Le Car, for 4 years, it was fun, not Miniesque, though
 

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On 22-08-2001 15:32 cmt wrote:
Sorry, i think they could have done a much better job of it than that. It looks awful.
ALL Police cars look awful at sometime or other . . . especially 2, in particular, on the M1and another, I recall, on the M25!
 

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Well, it definately beats the Thames Police Smart Car (Americans please see previous posts to view this tiny electric vehicle). Being near Milton Keynes you get to see some bizarre sights.

The Smart Car looked quite cute, but I can\'t imagine it ever catching anyone,. Unlike the \'S\' when the police get it. I bet it\'ll only be the top brass that\'ll get to drive it for the first few weeks though...
 

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Hampshire Police once had a Daihatsu MOVE (very small but not as small as a Smart) as a police car. Probably not used for pursuits!
 

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On 22-08-2001 19:50 saffy wrote:
Well, it definately beats the Thames Police Smart Car (Americans please see previous posts to view this tiny electric vehicle). Being near Milton Keynes you get to see some bizarre sights.

The Smart Car looked quite cute, but I can\'t imagine it ever catching anyone . . .
Sorry saffy - it might look (kind`a) cute but it wouldn`t be electric!

And . . . think-on, it COULD catch the odd Smart now and then - and, the cops would be able to hide behind `phone boxes and . . . prams and things!

Then leap out and give chase . . . and . . .
 

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Almost worth joining the Police Force! After you training and induction on the beat you\'d probably get to drive a MINI b4 the rest of us! ;)

Edit Edit... Actually that roof bar would look quite natty on my Cooper. Is it on the options list, how much is it and would that be in the 1st quarter of 2002?! Imagine driving around with lights on (and no-one home) with the traffic parting around you!!!:!)
 

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On the subject of being able to be caught by the cops...

I was driving home from York last night along the M1 when I was overtaken by a Gold MINI S doing around 120 mph (at a guess). (in a 70mph area)

A police car parked up in a layby attempted to give chase but the car disappeared over the horizon by the time it had it\'s sirens going..:)

I can honestly say I\'ve never seen a car driving as fast on a public road..:)
 

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On 22-08-2001 23:24 dietcokeplease wrote:
Actually that roof bar would look quite natty on my Cooper. Is it on the options list, how much is it and would that be in the 1st quarter of 2002?! Imagine driving around with lights on (and no-one home) with the traffic parting around you!!!:!)
I`m more interested to know why it has two Police signs on the front - are we supposed to believe that there are probably always two coppers on board . . . or what?

Then there`s that picture . . scanned from newsprint - it does look like it, the copper looks a bit dodgy to me though, is he really looking that interested?

I don`t think so . . . I reckon . . . it might be a computer generated oil painting on canvas - quite possibly a Constable.
 

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On 22-08-2001 13:08 JonBlakeburn wrote:... a picture I found in the local paper. Apologies again for the quality. I don\'t have PSP at the moment and resizing in Paint has it\'s limitations! 8D.
Or . . . . . .

Would you mind stepping out of this Forum . . . Sir?

Is your name JonBlakeburn and is your \"local paper\" Viz . . . by any chance . .. Sir?
 
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