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Police Car
Also known as: Squad Car
Cop Car
Police
VCPD Cruiser
Type: Law enforcement
Body style: 4 door sedan
Capacity: 4 occupants
Top speed: High
Endurance: Medium
Appearance(s): GTA 1
GTA 2
GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Advance
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
Related vehicle(s): Copper
Police Cruiser
Police Patrol

Police cars are emergency services vehicles primarily used by police officers. The cars begin to chase the protagonist of each Grand Theft Auto game when they have received either a police head or wanted star. Police cars are known by different names in different games, whilst GTA IV has two models of police cars: The Police Cruiser and Police Patrol. Since GTA III, the majority of police cars in the game also share the same body design as the Taxi.

Other police and law enforcement vehicles exist. These include the Enforcer police/SWAT van, the Police Maverick helicopter, HPV-1000 police bike and the Predator police boat.

Grand Theft Auto 1

In Grand Theft Auto 1, the police car is known as the "Squad Car" and there are three variants; the Liberty City variant, which looks like an early '90s Chevrolet Caprice, and the San Andreas/Vice City variants, which appear to be police-issue versions of the Portsmouth. Surprisingly, it is the fastest car in the game, and is capable of taking a lot of damage. In the PC version of GTA 1, the police cars (along with the Ambulance and the Fire Truck) will have their radio tuned to Brooklyn Underground FM, unlike all other renditions throughout the series which only have the standard police dispatch radio.

In GTA London 1969 and GTA London 1961, the police car is known as the Copper.

Grand Theft Auto 2

In Grand Theft Auto 2 the police car is known as the "Cop Car" and assumes a completely original design, looking like a modernized 1940s car. Like in GTA 1, it is the fastest car in the game, along with the Meteor, and is the only car in the game which gives a Cop Bribe when crushed.

GTA III Era

Throughout all GTA III era games, police cars are very fast, with excellent handling, but low durability. They have two sirens, one default "long-whirl", and the "rotating-weep", triggered by holding the horn button. The player will receive a Shotgun with 5 rounds of ammunition after entering a Police car. In all the games of this era, the police car has been known as the "Police", with the exception of GTA Advance and GTA Vice City Stories. In GTA Advance, it is referred to as the "Police Car", and in GTA Vice City Stories, it is called the "VCPD Cruiser".

GTA III & GTA Liberty City Stories

The Police Car in these two games resembles a cross between a Chevrolet Caprice and a Ford Crown Victoria. In GTA III, the Police Car was originally intended to have a livery similar to the then-current NYPD police cars, however, in the final version, they have standard black and white livery. The Police Cars in GTA Liberty City Stories feature the livery intended for GTA III cars, albeit with black-and-white stripes, rather than blue-and-white.

GTA Vice City & GTA Vice City Stories

In these two games, the vehicle resembles a 1980's Ford LTD, and both feature a green and white livery. In the beta versions, the vehicle was white with red and blue stripes along each side, resembling early squad cars from the Miami-Dade Police Department.

GTA San Andreas

There are three variations in GTA San Andreas. The Los Santos Police Department and San Fierro Police Department versions have the same build, based on the Premier, and markings for their respective cities); the Las Venturas Police Department version generally resembles a 1981-1990 Chevrolet Caprice, with the sides and back reminiscent of the 1980-1989 Dodge Diplomat. All police vehicles feature a standard black and white livery.

The police officers in the countryside employ a large, four-by-four Ranger, based on the Rancher, for pursuit on rough terrain.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, there are two similar but separate police cars - the Police Patrol and Police Cruiser. The player can get in any police car and access the police computer while stationary. Here, the player can access Most Wanted missions, or locate and apprehend nearby criminals. The siren on the Police Car features some variations, including the classic "code-3 siren" wail, the yelp when the siren is activated and the horn button held down, and, if the siren is turned off and the horn button held down, a distorted "crowd control" air horn, as used in real life.

The player can dial 911 to summon the police car by luring them to a false alarm. Stealing the car (while the officer searches for any incidents), will attract a one-star Wanted level. In some places, a police car can be stolen from a parking lot or curbside without incurring a Wanted level; there is a slight chance, however, that an officer will be asleep in the back seat (he may ask for a donut upon awakening).

Locations

Police cars will be found randomly throughout each city, and are often locked.

GTA III & GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA Vice City & GTA Vice City Stories

GTA San Andreas

GTA IV

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See also

Equivalent vehicles

Other police vehicles

For related vehicles, see:

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