Police representative group unhappy at fleet of squad cars

The Home Office has committed to undertake a review

The Home Office has committed to undertake a review

Describing the Empire Police’s fleet of Legoda 6623s police cars as outdated a representative group from the force has called on the state to immediately allocate financial resources to fund a replacement programme.

The group highlighted the aging design of the 6623s had some serious shortcomings when compared with contemporary cars available on the commercial market.

“The reality is that the fleet of cars available to us are slower, offer very limited protection and lack anything more than two-way radio. The cars which serious criminals are using are literally streets ahead when it comes to outmanoeuvring pursuers.”

The group went as far as blaming the deaths of a number of police officers on the car design. The officers perished because the car had a tendency to lose control on sharp bends when travelling fast they claimed.

The Home Office meanwhile has responded to clarify that it will take into account the group’s views when filing its forthcoming budget request to central government.

The 6623 has been the force's primary squad car since the early 1980s

The 6623 has been the force’s primary squad car since the early 1980s

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