Although most people perceive police vehicles as automobiles with flashing lights, they encompass more than the well-known police car. Police vehicles travel on land, water and in the air.
Police Cars and Sport Utility Vehicles
Unmarked cars, traditional police cars, estate cars and SUVs are used by police depending on their duties and the areas they need to patrol. Estate cars and SUVs are often used as canine units.
Police Vans or Police Buses
These police vehicles, designed to transport prisoners, often have protective mesh, and are designed to protect police and secure prisoners.
Segways, Bicycles and Motorcycles
Segways, bicycles and motorcycles can navigate tight areas easily and efficiently.
Police helicopters are commonly used for search and rescue missions, surveillance and high-speed chases. Although police aeroplanes exist, they are not as widely used as helicopters.
Police boats have high-powered engines and might be used to assist Coast Guard rescues, apprehend criminals or escort ships.
Specialised Police Vehicles
There are also vehicles specifically designed for drug abuse resistance (DARE vehicles), police vehicles for rescue (police ambulances), vans for heavy artillery or special weapons (SWAT vans), and police military vehicles.