The last patrol car I saw was a Ford Mondeo, don't know what they drive now. In my day it was Vauxhall Cavaliers and Ford Escort estates. For a while whilst at 150 we had Rover Montegos. The worse patrol car I ever drove was at Aldershot, it was a shocking lime green Vauxhall Chevette estate, now that was a horrible car. I don't know if any of the other ex 160 lads and lasses will remember it?
We had the Montegos up until 1999 in 156! I cant think of anything more embarressing than turning up to an incident in one of those with the "Nee Naw" sirens blurring out! I think everyone has Vectras now, saloons in the UK and estates in Germany. The UIE etc were using horrible little Corsa things too.
Its highly unlikely at GPD level these days that you will do any "advanced" driving, the driving school in JHQ has long gone so the only oppurtunities you will get when it comes to this sort of thing will be the CP course where "enhanced" driving is taught although this is not a qualification and Covert Ops Team, who do or did do a Civil Police advanced drivers course. Quite a few of the instructors at CPU also do this course.
Patrol Cars now in Germany are Opel Vectra Estates (diesel) they have just changed the whole fleet i believe. UK Vaxuall or Ford, cant recall. In germany though there is a Merc Sprinter Prison van which is good for a chuckle, just watch the fcukers dont kick it over in the cage!
edited because i dont know the difference between a vectra and a astra, well the both look the same now!!