Back in the day, the D.A.R.E. cop in my hometown drove a 1980s Chevrolet Camaro seized from a drug dealer, the last part of that sentence not-at-all fitting certain stereotypes to a T, right? Right.

Today’s Chevrolet Camaro SS is a far more sophisticated beast and is now ending up in the wealthy, oil-rich city of Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East, once again as a police car. It joins a $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador, among a big fleet of other exotics, as a police pursuit vehicle. Because, when you’re average hooligan in the Middle East is getting his jollies from drifting in the middle of busy public roads during peak hours or driving 1,000-horsepower Toyota Land Cruisers, you need some fast police cars to keep up.

“We are confident that the Camaro’s ability to respond rapidly, by virtue of its high performance V-8 engine, coupled with its practical suitability for Dubai’s roads and ease of servicing, will make it an ideal patrol car for years to come,” said Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, managing director of Al Ghandi Auto, which is General Motors’ dedicated Chevrolet dealer partner in Dubai, in a statement.

The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that makes 426 horsepower and should be able to propel the muscle car to 60 from standstill in well under 5 seconds. Of course, if that’s not enough, the Dubai Police Department just picked up an Aston Martin One-77 that should be a little quicker.

So far, just seven of the 77 Aston Martin One-77s planned for production have been built, equipped with a 7.3-liter V-12 that makes 750 horsepower. With just 3,600 pounds to move, the One-77 is about a second quicker to 60 than the Camaro. It also costs $1.8 million on the retail market, with values skyrocketing due to the car’s rarity.

Of course, Dubai would have one.

Dubai PD says the One-77 won’t be used for chasing baddies; it will be used for “road security in different areas of Dubai,” says one officer. Whatever that means.

The two will join a Ferrari FF (driven exclusively by female officers, apparently), a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Bentley, and a BMW 5 Series, among other high-end vehicles that apparently make citizens of Dubai feel that much safer at night. It sounds more like the main drag of the club scene in Miami than a police force. Good for them. Good grief.

Sources: GM, Gulf News

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