The Police Car is an emergency services vehicle 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.
As a collector's note, activate the "Black Traffic" cheat to make the Police Car all black. This causes the car to look somewhat like an unmarked patrol car.
In Grand Theft Auto 1 there are three variants of the police car; 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 alot 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 Grand Theft Auto 2 the police car assumes a completely original design, looking like a modernised 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, it is very fast with excellent handling. It has two sirens, one default "long-whirl" and with the horn button held down, the "rotating-weep". Its durability, however, isn't very high. By getting in the Police Car, the player will receive 5 ammunition rounds of Shotgun.
In GTA 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 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, the air horn. While the car is not in "code-3 siren" mode, the Police Car has 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
- Police Station in Portland View, Portland Island
- Police Station in Torrington, Staunton Island
- Police Station in Pike Creek, Shoreside Vale
GTA Vice City & GTA Vice City Stories
- Police Station in Washington Beach
- Police Station in Vice Point
- Police Station in Little Havana
- Police Station in Downtown
GTA San Andreas
- Police Station in Commerce, Los Santos
- Police Station in Downtown, San Fierro
- Police Station in Roca Escalante, Las Venturas
- Broker: Hove Beach; South Slopes
- Dukes: East Island City; Francis International Airport
- Bohan: Northern Gardens; Fortside
- Algonquin: East Holland; Varsity Heights; Middle Park East; Westminster; Lower Easton; Suffolk
- Alderney: Leftwood; Acter; Acter Industrial Park