First Police Car

Whether you appreciate them or find yourself terrified looking in your rear view mirror to see one trailing you, you can thank Akron for utilizing the first police car in the United States. The first police car was designed and manufactured by Akron’s “Collins Buggy Co.” in 1899 and cost $2,400. The wagon-like car was powered by two 4-horsepower electric motors and could hit an astonishing 18 mph on the speedometer. The first police car could also travel 30 miles before having to recharge, so early police officers were bothered by the fact that the yellow empty warning light was constantly on… The car was equipped with electric lights, bells, and a stretcher. It could also hold up to 12 passengers at a time. The term “squad car” traces its history back to Akron’s initial car due to the fact the patrol wagon could transport the entire police squad at once.┬áThe car’s first assignment was to pick up an intoxicated, disorderly citizen in downtown Akron.

 

First Police Car

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