Police Car

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Police Car
Also known as: Squad Car
Cop Car
VCPD Cruiser
Type: Law enforcement
Body style: 4 door sedan
Capacity: 4 occupants
Top speed: High
Endurance: Medium
Appearance(s): GTA 1
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.


Throughout all GTA III era games, the police cars are very fast with excellent handling, its durability, however, isn't very high. It has two sirens, one default "long-whirl" and with the horn button held down, the "rotating-weep". By getting in the Police Car, the player will receive a Shotgun with 5 rounds of ammunition. For all games that fall under this category, the police car has always been known as the "Police", with the exception of GTA Vice City Stories, where it is called the "VCPD Cruiser", in relation to the FBI Cruiser in GTA Liberty City Stories (which is in turn features a body based on the Police or Taxi).

It is possible to activate the "Black Traffic" cheat to make the Police Car all black. This causes the car to look somewhat like an unmarked patrol car.

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 supposed to have a livery similar to the then-current NYPD police cars, however, in the final version, they have a standard black and white livery. The Police Cars in GTA Liberty City Stories feature the livery that was intended to be on the GTA III cars, but instead of blue with white stripes, they are black with white stripes.

GTA Vice City & GTA Vice City Stories

In these two games the vehicle resembles a 1980's Ford LTD, and they both feature a green and white livery - as opposed to the beta versions, which were white with red and blue stripes along each side, which resembles 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 version (Each have the same build, with respective markings from each city). This is a variant of the Premier (which is based on the 1994-1996 Chevrolet Caprice). The Las Venturas Police Department version resembles a 1981-1990 Chevrolet Caprice, the sides and back end could also arguably be from 1980-'89 Dodge Diplomats. All variations feature a standard black and white livery. The police officers in the countryside have a large, four-by-four Ranger, base of the Rancher, to fit in with the countryside theme, and also as there is more opurtinuitie's for chases and duties to go off the road than in the cities. They are Identical in all Counties, with the San Andreas police logo on the door, white bonnet, and the roof and upper tailgate being white. This seems strange, as the cities get seprate police cars, while the serperate rural counties are idenitical.

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 in-car computer while stationary. Here, the player can look at the most wanted lists and then track down 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 is held down, and with the siren turned off and the horn button held down, a distorted "crowd control" air horn used in real life, that when used, signals for people to vacate the area.

The player can dial 911 to summon the police car either by requiring assistance, or by luring them into a false alarm. By stealing the cop car (whilst the officer searches for any incidents), a one wanted star level will appear and cops will give chase, and it will be easy to evade them, as long as the player doesn't get chased by cops for an extended period of time. In some places, a cop car can be stolen from a parking lot or curbside without incurring a wanted level; however, there is a slight chance that a cop is asleep in the back seat (he may ask for a donut on awakening).


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



See also

Equivalent vehicles

Other police vehicles

For related vehicles, see: