New LAPD Patrol Car To Sport Infrared Night Vision, License Plate Scanner

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — If you thought the patrol car in the 1987 action movie “Robocop” was high-tech, wait until you see what L.A.’s finest will be soon be driving.

AOL’s Translogic caught a sneak peek of the new squad car of choice for the Los Angeles Police Department: the Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV).

Billed as the “sum total of all the law enforcement community has learned about patrol cars to date” by the report, the PPV boasts a 6.0L V-8 engine with 355 horsepower, 18-inch steel wheels, and a host of gadgets that puts any Hollywood squad car to shame.

The Caprice, which replaces the long-used Ford Crown Victoria, is equipped with an infrared night vision camera, automated license plate scanner, and a touch-screen center console that replaces the older computers traditionally used by officers.

In addition to horsepower and firepower, the cruiser is also outfitted with the latest in information technology, with ethernet, Wi-Fi and an experimental wireless-mesh network in the trunk.

Even the bad guys can ride in comfort: cut-outs in the back seat are custom-made to accommodate any handcuffed suspect.

LAPD officials say vehicle wrapping was used on all-black sedans instead of traditional paint to minimize repair expenses and protect resale value. This brings the expected taxpayer cost to be about $20,000.

Drivers can expect to see the new 2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV cruising city streets as early as mid-2011.

  • TT

    That is just gonna be cool !! And its a Chevy ! Very nice …

    • vxp

      cool? are you a total idiot? LA is BROKE…we don’t need any more cops or their toys running around this city.

      • jimonthebeach

        LA is broke? H3ll! The entire state is broke. It’s what happens when you elect liberal to office.

      • Joe

        New cars will help them do what they are good at… giving out traffic tickets which will make money for the city!

      • jack

        agreed. By the way, why do cops need new cars every 2-5 years. I mean seriously! I think that’s a waste of money. Oh, and in my neck of the woods on the East coast they’ve had those rapid plate scanners ever since that movie Scanner Darkly came out. Good movie.

      • Spoc158

        This article is misleading. the car itself is around 20 grand – to outfit the car is about another 20 grand.

    • Jo Jo

      Awesome!!! That’s totally radical in a tubular sort of way! I can’t wait ’til they come out with one equipped with an LRAD and a backscatter radiation device! Do they have an electronic marijuana sniffer? Good thing Obama nationalized GM! With this technology it will be much more efficient to rob and/or kill L.A.’s young black and hispanic men!

      • Jarmey Fowler

        don’t forget white people… the police are equal opportunity brutalizes!

      • Remote viewer

        Now that IS good news. JOJO?…lol

    • Iraq Vet

      Yeah it’ll be good for 40,000 miles or so.

      • Jeff

        Made in austraila

      • Omamahater

        Nothing like good old gubernment motors taking over business from the private sector

    • Alb

      Cool??? Are you simply sick??? You must be a cop or a dumb cop lover!!

    • Ian12345

      Hi folks
      pleased to tell you all thats its GM Holden-ie that is made in Australia
      Gm has subsidaries around the world
      Holden has been here since 1948
      This is an Australia designed vehicle-been around for donkeys years-latest one is real sweet
      Has Chevy 6.0 L half cyclinders burn V8
      Go yanks
      Enjoy a real Aussie muscle car
      Personally think the Ford Falcon Australia XR6 Turbo is better but hey want do I know

      • David Payton

        I am disappointed that GM (OBAMA) axed Pontiac. The Monaro (GTO) and Commodore? (G8) were hot. We were about to get the Holden Ute, but alas…

      • Michael O'Brien

        Australia designed vehicle – What / A country designed a Motor Vehicle this is Real News stop the Presses (or do we say Posts ! ) A country can design Cars. Sad you have a great country & somehow U are seeking a Design Credit that probably was designed in the Car Capital of the world Detroit If it is GM the decision was made there . Go out & throw a few shrimps on the Barbie Mate No worries , No self esteem either ! lol

  • james

    Sweet, the taxpayers pay for nothing but the best. Of course, this doesn’t really help fight the real criminals, but it does help fleece the public even more.

    • mike

      exactly…license plate scanner for? well…for citing the guy whose registration has expired because he cant afford renewal right now because his income is going down….while staple good prices increase (but there is no inflation) taxes keep rising (but there are no new taxes)…and he cant pass the smog test. He should just but a new fuel efficient green car…thats what he should do.

      • David Payton

        The license plate scanner is used read the plate number for the officer so that doing so is not an unsafe distraction, as well as aiding the common inability to see perfectly under various conditions. Nothing nefarious here. Just good technology.

      • Big Brother

        Exactly right. When these revenue collectors hit the streets they will be scanning EVERY license plate as they drive. So when a cop gets behind you while your driving, better have paid your taxes, ALL of them, because they surely have linked all the state databases!

    • frodaddy

      actually 20 grand is fairly cheap for all that. of course if the state is broke even 20k per car is too much

      • Bob Frapples

        That $20K is just for the vehicle wrapping, no?

      • Bob

        No that is the projected cost. Cost minus resale. But since it is being done by the government who has a requirement that you must not be able to add or subtract for this job I am sure this number may be off just a little bit.

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  • Tired of so much spending ..

    Good thing LA doesn’t have a budget deficit … oh wait.

  • Herbert Simon

    Who wrote this? My fifth grade daughter can do better — “At a taxpayer cost of $20,000, LAPD officials say vehicle wrapping was used on the all-black sedans…” Did it really cost 20 grand for LAPD officials to say this??!!

    • G. Orwell

      Your daughter probably would have written with less girlish enthusiasm for the clamp-down of the police state in the city. I’m sure she has enough sense to know this is more scary than it is cool

    • Common sense

      Contextual ambiguity.

      “Sure, we’ll tell you — for a price…”

      Seriously, though – will $20 really pay off on resale? I think not. Our small, New England town fitted a stock cruiser with with lights, sirens and all additional accessories for less than that price. Who do these folks think they’re kidding?

      • Common sense

        Oops — $20K, that is.

      • Templar X

        Only the most expensive cop cars, highest taxes, and the biggest budget deficits will due for L.A., California!!!

      • Louis Berding

        What resale value?!?! It’s a damned police car. Used police cars are guaranteed to have been driven very hard and been in at least a few accidents.

        I wouldn’t buy one with any kind of paint job for over $300.

        Especially since they rip out ALL of their equipment, which will now include the entire center console!

    • Vernon Geiger

      Shouldl have said, “At the cost of $20,000 per unit, LAPD…….” Good catch.

    • Angelite49

      Mr. Simon, surely you’ve noticed that those paid to communicate for a living rarely have command of their most important tool: the language. Dangling modifiers abound, to say nothing of poor spelling and mangled pronunciation, incomplete sentences, incorrect pronoun usage, preposition placement, etc. I don’t know believe thee ability to write and speak intelligently is required for much of anything anymore.

      • jess

        STFU. As your second post indicates, this is hardly the time or place to give a rats ass about spelling. Food prices are skyrocketing, gas prices are killing us, foreclosures every second house, 1 in 4 on food stamps, unemployment at an all time high (and no, it’s not because of our abounding dangling modifiers)…and you care about some spelling/typo error? Mangled pronunciation? PLEASE try to focus on what is important.

      • formerleewarmer

        you misspelled the word”the”.

      • Angelite49

        s/b I don’t believe the ability . . . .

    • Zamar

      It seems that you missed the memo: Verbal and writing skills shall be inversely proportional to the volume of Federal dollars poured into public schools. See Baltimore, Washington DC, etc.

    • Scott Norri

      Get a life dude.

      Your reply is also not correct.

      What is “20 grand”?

      Are you too stupid to say 20 thousand or twenty thousand or $20,000????

  • TJ

    Will the license plate reader be able to tell if the driver is an illegal immigrant so that the police know not to bother pulling them over?

    • DAVE

      OK now THAT was funny! LOL

    • Iraq Vet

      Ha ha ha. This would be even funnier if it wasn’t so true.

  • derek

    hot automatic donut warmers?


  • Modernserf

    Indeed! The ethernet connection will not only scan license plates for evil criminals with outstanding warrants, it will load location data into electronic storage, so that over time, the police will be able to profile anyone’s driving habits! Privacy is so old-fashioned, and besides, us law-abiding people have nothing to fear, because the government is our friend!

    Some view Orwell’s 1984 as a precautionary tale. Me, I think he was so unimaginative. Who needs citizens informing on each other when computers allow a small, armed and badged minority to exert much better control over the rest of us?

    • Common sense

      Hmm… The first inventor of successful scanner countermeasure technology will likely do quite well in sales… If it’s designed by a human, it has a weakness.

      • Andrew P.

        i wonder if there’s an app for it…

      • Jon S

        But if it’s designed by the machines, we are powerless. Unless it’s the T100.

    • greg

      Thats why we still have a terrorist threat so goverment can take away our civil libertys and privacy

      • dam

        Folks who can’t spell probably need to be watched a little closer Greggy.

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    “The last official act of any government is to loot the treasury.” ~ George Washington —

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  • Onclewillie

    A car from Government Motors? In a city run by a liberal politician? Gee, I can’t help but wonder if this is just another “you scratch my back I scratch yours” kind of deal with Obama? None of the technology is exclusive to Chevy or GM. It would been just as easy to drop it into a Crown Vic. I wonder if this purchase actually went to bid? Is the RFP on any city website?

    • Jon S

      You’ve figured it all out! Obama, when he’s not busy killing Osama Bin Laden, is really busy trying to figure out what the police cars in LA should be like in the future. And yes, because it’s from GM, obviously it was a no-bid contract, where as you pointed out, if Ford had produced the car, then we could be sure it was a non-corrupt multiple-bid contract. It’s not because Ford announced that they are ending production of the Crown Vic – that’s just silly. It can’t be that. Don’t worry, your logic is solid if you ignore the facts. Just come up with new conspiracies whenever smart people point out your flawed logic.

      • jess

        Right. Because in the history of our government, there has never been a single case of fraud. Simply misunderstandings and swamp gas.

      • Onclewillie

        I asked if there purchase had gone through the bidding process. I also asked if there was an RFP? That is not claiming a conspiracy. I did point out that the Crown Vic, the most used police vehicle in the last two decades, could have just as easily taken the new electronics. That is called an example and did not in any way insinuate that the Crown Vic was, in fact, even part of the bidding process. Given the political cronyism so prevalent in LA City Hall, it is a reasonable question to ask if this was a political favor for Mr. Obama. Is it not in the Mayor’s best interests to curry favor by helping to insure the success of Government Motors?

        Oh, by the way, Mr. Obama did NOT kill Bin Laden. That duty was performed by a Navy Seal team based on evidence of his whereabouts gathered by our national intelligence agencies over the last decade. You need to improve your reading comprehension.

  • BGreider

    I got a shotgun , a rifle and a 4 wheel drive, and a country boy will survive

  • PleaseGodNoPalin

    Yeah, because the spray painted black Ford Taurus in Robocop was so high tech. I love when people write articles and add in blurbs about movies they obviously have never seen.

  • Henry

    So when the economy goes further down the drain some people won’t be able to pay their car insurance on time. The insurance company will immeidately put you in a database saying that you have fallen out of scope and all the cop cars will be notified that you are in violation and they will arrest you. Funny how all the jobs are going overseas and they want to scary us will bogeymen terrorist and we are the schmucks that get harrassed and billed for it. California is broke and they still manage to afford stuf that can oppress the people. Why not build a plant that makes goods that will give California jobs.

    • Onerous

      @Henry….I couldn’t have said that any better myself and I take great pride in my verbal assaults on the government!!

  • Ryan ruiz

    F#CK the police!

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  • truth

    glad i didn’t help pay for this. tax free and loving every minute of it. F D Police

  • hmmm

    Sure wouldn’t want the police to have to type in a license plate number. What’s the cost of these units? Is the $20,000 the amount for wrapping each vehicle, the total amount for wrapping all vehicles, or the total price of each car(which would be hard to believe). The reporter needs to provide a lot more detail to this story.

    • Fred Wilson

      The MSM has dumbed itself down so low, there is no longer news that is clear and comprehensive. Everything is “sound bites”. Even the written news! I wrap vehicles. That figure of $20,000 is certainly not the cost to wrap ONE vehicle…unldess it was a no-bid contract and the figure “slipped out” !!!. I can’t make any sense at all with that figure of $20,000; with all the options, each PPV (a few will probably be Personal Patrol Vehicles) has to cost more than $20,000. Now, this is a figure that will probably remain as transparent as most of Obama’s moves.

    • John McGraw

      It is free taxpayer money. They do not worry about cost. The federal government will bail them out since they a ultra liberal.

  • Miguel Saavadera

    6.0L, 355 HP and gets 10 mpg. Can’t use that Horsepower any where in the state because you can’t ‘intimidate’ or cause dangerous or reculos situtions. So, why have it, a waste of the taxpayers money..

    Night vision? A real need once you are out the squad car: Or does the cop stay in the car the entire time … a car is a tool, not a house to live in.

    License plate scanner?? Put your plate in the rear window and see how effective that gadget is…

  • Regg

    Taxpayers dollars … for a bunch of sh!t the cops don’t even need. No wonder Cali is broke.

  • mrego

    The Carbon Motors E7 is more high-tech than that. Check it out:

  • JJ

    LOL sheep cheering it. It’s been a police NATION for a long time….

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  • Eric Duran

    Ryan Said it F86K the Police

  • JackL

    By what authority can they just drive around scanning license plates? This is a police state tactic, same as the Soviet Union requiring people to be stopped whenever for id checks. SAME THING.

    • Jon S

      What is wrong with people? Would you also argue that I don’t have the right to LOOK at your license plates, or that there isn’t a law requiring people to have license plates? THAT’S LITERALLY THE WHOLE POINT OF IT. They’re not there for decoration!

      • Onerous

        The point isn’t that they can’t look at the license plates, it’s that there is supposedly no money left in the budget to pay salaries, but they can come up with cash that will speed the process of finding vehicles that can generate income for the city. Do you really think the majority of police driving around the city are actually looking for criminals or are they looking for someone driving 10mph over the speed limit so they can generate cash? Get real dude, you’re in fantasy land like most government supporters.

  • Lex

    I’m gonna enjoy vomiting in the back seat

  • Catchandrelease

    The Supreme Court just ruled that California must release 46,000 prisoners because California doesn’t have enough money to house the prisoners properly. But they can afford thermal imaging cameras that start at $4,000 for the cheapest model, not to mention an internet connection and an automatic tag reader so the Officer doesn’t need to actually type the 6 digit tag number. Why, so we can catch and release faster? Government is a poor manager of other people’s money.

    • John McGraw

      Catchandrelease: Very good comment.You can not be from CA. You appear too intelligent.

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