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Lamborghini Joins Dubai Police Force

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It's a very far cry from The Bill – British traffic police can only dream of being able to patrol the streets in a brand new supercar!

However in Dubai, they don't do things the way the rest of the world does, so in order to keep up with all the other supercars on the streets there, the Dubai police force has added a £300,000 Lamborghini Aventador to its fleet. Not many criminals will be able to escape from a hot pursuit in this car, with a 0-60mph speed of three seconds and a top speed of 217mph.

The car is even harder to miss thanks to its flamboyant green and white paint job, designed with the input of local residents and a highly distinctive '8' numberplate.

This latest addition to the force is part of a force-wide upgrading process, involving makeovers to all the city's police cars and a number of other sports cars due to join the fleet. Given the quantity of high-performance vehicles that reside in the city, it's perhaps not quite as unorthodox an idea as it sounds.

The Aventador is a new model from Lamborghini, launched this year to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary to considerable success – the waiting list is full for this year and most of next year, with a number of models having been ordered by UK residents.

In an example of a very modern public relations exercise, the Dubai police force has been using social media to obtain public input to choose a design for the car. However this is not the first time a Lamborghini has been used in law enforcement. In 2004, Lamborghini gave a blue and white painted model worth £150,000 to Italian police, who, a few years later, wrote the car off while taking out two stationary vehicles near the town of Cremona – and the Aventador is an even more powerful car.

Dubai police appear to be working on the presumption that it takes one to catch one and admittedly the 50 Kia Mohaves taken on by the force last year might have some trouble keeping up with the Aston Martins, Bentleys, Lamborghinis and the like that populate the roads. Furthermore, the force is under a lot of pressure to improve some hideous road accident statistics - 15% of traffic fines are issued to drivers exceeding 130mph. It's understandable, therefore, that the city's law enforcement team might be slightly smug about their new toy, tweeting a picture of the modified Aventador this week, with the caption 'Latest Dubai patrols, now at your service.'

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