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New Chevy Police Patrol Vehicles are arriving in Mid-Michigan

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(11/28/12) - The next time you see a police car in your rearview mirror, look carefully. It may be the new Chevrolet Caprice patrol car. The import is beginning to arrive at Mid-Michigan police departments.

The bowtie on the trunk tells you it's a Chevy, but civilians can't buy this model.

"The Caprice is only available for the law enforcement community," said Dana Hammer, GM Law Enforcement Vehicles manager.

Police officers have long told automakers they prefer rear-wheel drive cars. GM searched its worldwide fleet for something that would serve as a good cop car. They found what they were looking for in the land down under.

"The vehicle is built at our assembly plant at GM Holden, a GM subsidiary in Australia," Hammer said.

The Caprice has lots of room inside, which is something police officers were seeking.

"As contemporary vehicles get smaller for more fuel efficiency, it's difficult to find a vehicle that's large enough for police work with all the equipment," Hammer said.

But cops say there's plenty of room in the Caprice for computers, radar detectors and all the electronic equipment they use today. They also appreciate the specially designed seats that leave room for their utility belts.

"You don't sit with your back arched out all day long. It's more of a natural seating position. It's much more comfortable," said Deputy Shawn Callahan of the Livingston County Sheriff Department.

While there's much more room, GM didn't compromise the performance.

This particular car is equipped with a six liter, V-8 engine. It's capable of doing 154 miles an hour. It was the fastest car the Michigan State Police tested.

"It's quick! The handling is superior. It actually feels like a sports car," said Deputy Callahan.

Several Mid-Michigan police agencies have bought the new Caprice. The Bay City Police Department has four and Flint Police have three. Mundy Township has one, as does Vassar.

"I love the vehicle. We've got five of them in our fleet so far and I haven't heard one complaint about the vehicle whatsoever," Callahan said.

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