Hoover unveils Porsche as new police vehicle
Published 1:25 pm Friday, February 20, 2009
The Hoover Police Department’s new police car looks more like it should be getting pulled over for speeding.
The department recently received custody of a Porsche 911, which was part of a drug seizure on Interstate 20 two years ago. The car was being used to transport 10 kilograms of cocaine, of which the value would be more than $300,000.
Police Capt. Jim Coker said it’s taken this long to get the car because of a slow-moving federal court system.
“This case went through a federal court, so the seizure had to go through a federal court,” he said. “It takes a while to work through the process.”
Now that the police department has the car, however, they plan to put it to good use.
“The Porsche will be used primarily for community events. It has already been a very good icebreaker. People want to stop and talk about it,” Coker said. “We’ve already received one request from a school to have the Porsche for a career day.”
The car’s name also serves as a reminder for two important numbers. The words “911 Never Forget” are emblazoned on the side of the car, representing both the phone number 9-1-1 and the date Sept. 11.
The car debuted in public on Feb. 13, but will be at its inaugural community event tomorrow.
While the car is definitely unique for Hoover, it might also be the only one of its kind in the United States, Coker said.
“We’ve done a little bit of looking around, and we did find one Porsche (police vehicle) in Germany and another in Japan,” he said. “We’ve contacted Porsche America, and they’re checking to see if there are any other Porsche police cars out there.”
Coker said the department chose to keep the car to drum up publicity and help spread an anti-drug message.
“The car itself didn’t cost us anything. It’s a very good publicity tool,” he said. “If you’re involved with drugs, you stand to lose everything. This driver lost his Porsche, and potentially you could lose a lot more than that.”
Coker said Hoover police officers are proud to have such a sharp-looking car associated with the department. As for Coker himself, well, he’s holding out hope.
“Yes, I’d like to drive it at some point,” he said, chuckling.