Police Vehicles Apparel and Accessories by Legend Lines
The first police car was a wagon run by electricity fielded on the streets of Akron, Ohio, in 1899. It could reach 16 mph (26 km/h) and travel 30 mi (48 km) before its battery needed to be recharged. The vehicle was equipped with electric lights, gongs, and a stretcher. The car's first assignment was to pick up a drunken man at the junction of Main and Exchange streets. This is how started the history of law enforcement vehicles. A police car (also called a police cruiser, police interceptor, patrol car, cop car, prowler, squad car, radio car, or radio motor patrol is a ground vehicle used by police for transportation during patrols and to enable them to respond to incidents, crimes, or any other events that required police intervention. Typical uses of a police car include transporting officers or transporting and temporarily detaining suspects, all while providing a visible deterrent to crime. Some police cars are specially adapted for certain locations (e.g. traffic duty on busy roads) or for certain operations (e.g. to transport police dogs or bomb squads). Police cars typically have rooftop flashing lights, a siren, and emblems or markings indicating that the vehicle is a police car. Some police cars may have reinforced bumpers and alley lights, for illuminating darkened alleys, while some are also unmarked unit. Terms for police cars include area car and patrol car. In some places, a police car may also be informally known as a cop car, a black and white, a cherry top, a gumball machine, a jam sandwich or panda car.