Dubai Claims Exotic Patrol Cars Help with Outreach
Mercedes G-Wagen, Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador Among Fleet
Perhaps no other city or area in the world is as synonymous with extreme wealth as the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. The city has gained a certain amount of notoriety for its exotic police fleet. Among the steeds in the DPD's stable are a Bugatti Veyron, a Brabus-tuned Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, a Lamborghini Aventador, McLaren MP4-12C, Audi R8, and a slightly more humble Ford Mustang, among others. Anywhere else in the world, and certainly in the U.S., such extravagance would probably be frowned upon as a waste of taxpayer money.
But in status-conscious Dubai, the officers claim the exotic police cars bring the department a lot of positive public relations from locals and tourists alike. Surprisingly progressive in the usually ultra-conservative Middle East, the Dubai police force employs women officers, albeit covered from head to toe in appropriately modest garb. The first women officers were hired in the 1960s and now represent approximately half the city's police force.
The officers say the exotic cars break down the feeling of dread and fear of police among citizens and tourists, making the police force seem more personable than threatening. Although the exotics are the most widely recognized vehicles on the force, the bread and butter of the fleet are much more common Nissan Pathfinders, Toyota Land Cruisers, and Dodge Chargers.
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