The first American police car came into service in Akron, Ohio in 1899. The first arrest made with the first police car was an arrest for drunk and disorderly conduct. The Ford Model B was the police car of choice for much of the 1930s.
The popular police car model, the Ford Crown Victoria, became bulletproof after 2006. Most law enforcement agencies chose the Crown Victoria as the patrol vehicle of choice through the 1990s and the 2000s. In 2011, Ford discontinued the Crown Victoria in favor of a new generation Taurus platform.
Police cars contain a variety of law-enforcement equipment, including two-way radios for internal communication. Many agencies fit police vehicles with speed control devices that allow officers to monitor traffic speed and gather evidence for issuing traffic tickets. Lights and siren switches allow law enforcement officers to issue signals and directions by using lights and sounds. Some police agencies have varying audio signals.
The Azusa Police Department in California was the first to use a Chevrolet Camaro as a law enforcement car. While many police departments originally relied on motorcycles for a large portion of street policing, many departments made the move to cars as more and more law breakers drove cars. The police force in South Hampton, New Hampshire once used a Audi 4000 for street policing.