Fast Response Car
Singapore Police Force land division officers typically respond to calls in rapid-deployment vehicles now known as the Fast Response Car (FRC) which are the main police cars in Singapore. Prior to 2000, they were known in public simply as police patrol cars.
Fast Response Cars are usually composed of Japanese made saloon cars. Most commonly seen are the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 323. Around 2000, Nissan Sunny and Subaru Impreza sedans were added to the fleet. Unlike civilian vehicles in Singapore in which speed limiters are installed to prevent over-speeding, Police Fast Response Cars are able to reach their maximum speed potential without hindrance when the need arises.
Originally restricted to team leader vehicles during the 1990s, all current FRCs carry a large array of equipment to allow officers to conduct normal policing duties and basic investigative work which officers are expected to perform with the implementation of the Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) system. A typical FRC vehicle may therefore stock equipment for the force-opening of locked doors, conducting roadblocks, fingerprint collection, and the provision of first aid. On top of these, chemical agent protection equipment and bulletproof vests are also carried for the officer's protection.
The Mitsubishi Galant and Opel Astra series of FRCs, which were bought in very limited numbers, were the only police cars in local history to use aerodynamically designed light bars, all other police vehicles to date use the block shaped design.
List of Police Patrol Cars in Singapore History (Listed in alphabetical order)
- Hyundai Avante (2010 onwards)
- Isuzu Gemini (1991-1995)
- Mazda 323 (1999 onwards)
- Mitsubishi Lancer (1989-2006)
- Mitsubishi Galant (1989-1999)
- Nissan Pulsar (1982-1995)
- Nissan Sunny (2004 onwards)
- Opel Astra (1995-2000)
- Subaru Impreza (2006 onwards)
- Toyota Corolla (1982 onwards)
- Toyota Corolla Altis (2005 onwards)
- Volkswagen Beetle (1968-1982)
A Toyota Corolla Altis police car at Suntec City during Singapore 2006
A Subaru Impreza TS 1.6 FRC patrolling along Zion Road
A Subaru Impreza at Suntec City
Notes & references
- Goh, J. (May 2006). "SPF's New Fleet Hits the Road". Police Life Monthly (Singapore Police Force) 32: 1. Archived from the original on 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2006-12-29.