Hummer Police Units: High Profile or Half-Baked Hoopla?
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For several years now the Hummer H2 and H3 police unit has popped up in various spots around the world including Texas, California, and most recently, Melbourne, Australia. Such campaigns have been designed to create a safe feel for citizens when they see these powerful vehicles patrolling their street, as well as promote a high profile vehicle that will connect well with todays youth.
Many green groups question the role-model status of such vehicles as patrol units on our street. The 2008 Hummer H2 V-8 is currently running a 6.2 liter Vortec, unloading approximately 393 horsepower, 415 lb-ft of torque, averaging 11 mpg. While many citizens are appalled at these numbers, GM spokes people remind us that there is far worse things out there (such as maybe the tax on one of these things) and they are simply making a mountain out of a mole hill, or perhaps more like a smoldering rubber bonfire out of a cigarette puff ball.
Texas-T Sized Hummer vs. the Hollywood Bling-Hum-Ding
An extreme example of this trend comes from a Texas-T Sheriff who loaded his personal H2 Hummer with a 7.0 liter supercharged V-8, worth 700 horsepower, and probably needed his own oil rig set up in his yard just to get to his department and back each day. The Orange County police department and California governor himself, Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger owns several Hummers of which are constantly under attack by various environmental groups, as they are heard chanting, "A Hummer isn't clean and Arnold isn't green."
Hummer Crawls Down Under, Reaching a New Low
The most recent story comes to us from Melbourne, Australia, where their police department has adopted a fleet of sleek black H3 5-cylinder Hummers in order to bring back confidence to the streets after a slew of drunken violence has occurred in recent months. The behemoth vehicles are hoped to keep potential trouble-makers at bay with the H3's easy to spot, high profile status, while also promoting a positive relationship with youthful nightclub goers. Many citizens answered to this program with outrage and anger, stating they are turning their streets into a militarized zone.
Is there a place in the world for these beastly all-terrain vehicles on the police force, or is there a better way to speak softly (and authoritatively) without maneuvering the big stick (6-speed automatic) of a Hummer?