City of London Police have just taken delivery of the UK's first emergency response smart police car.
The car, at just 2.5 metres long, is in full police livery complete with blue lights and a special siren system, designed for maximum effectiveness without too much noise.
PS Malcolm Hardisty, City of London Police, said: "We were looking for a vehicle large enough to carry a police officer and equipment but small enough to move quickly and safely through the busy streets of the City of London.
"We have had the smart on trial for a week now and it has been well and truly put through its paces by trained police drivers. It is environmentally friendly, economical and can access areas where larger vehicles can't go."
Andrew Buxton, for DaimlerChrysler UK Retail, who supplied the smart car, said: "The smart has been designed for city centres where space is at a premium. The size and safety features of the right hand drive smart make it an ideal police car where you need a quick response time in a built up area."
Features of the Police smart include:
- Kevlar roof to replace standard glass roof.
- Wail and yelp siren
- Blue strobe lights on bonnet, flashing rear red lights and three pod blue light bar on the roof.
- Headlights alternate with fog lights.
- Floodlights on the left and right sides.
- Air conditioning.