Indian police forces & their cars: Tata Safari Storme to Mahindra TUV300

The Indian Police force from different states uses various cars for patrolling. Most of the state police forces use new fleets of vehicles replacing the ageing and old vehicles like the Jeep. Here are all the vehicles used by the different state police forces of India.

Toyota Innova

Used by: Delhi Police, UP Police, Andhra Pradesh Police, Tamil Nadu Police

The Toyota Innova is one of the most widely used cars by the cops in India. The Innova is known for its long and niggle-free life, making it very popular. The Toyota Innova also offers a lot of space on the inside and is very comfortable. State police forces prefer the Innova for the cops who spend most of their duty time inside a vehicle doing patrolling.

Maruti Gypsy

Used by: Delhi Police, Haryana Police

Maruti Gypsy is widely used by the Armed forces in India. The lightweight SUV is extremely capable and is very reliable. The Gypsy’s go-anywhere attitude makes it a preferred choice of many city police forces. The police force from Haryana and Delhi have quite a few Gypsy SUVs in their fleet.

Maruti Ertiga

Used by: Chandigarh Police, Haryana Police, Mumbai Police

The Maruti Ertiga is the second best-selling 7-seater vehicle in India after the Innova. The Ertiga is smaller in size than the Innova, but offers an adequate amount of space inside and is used by various police forces for regular patrolling. The MPV’s compact size helps it in the city traffic while the seven-seats allow maximum utilization by the cops. It is available in both petrol and diesel engine options.

Mahindra Reva

Used by: Chandigarh Police

The Chandigarh Police also uses Mahindra Reva electric vehicles to patrol the city roads. The compact electric car was the first electric vehicle to be commercially sold in India. The compact size and zero emission make it the perfect choice for the Chandigarh city cops to patrol the roads and reach congested areas without much problem.

Mahindra Scorpio

Used by: Telangana Police, Andhra Pradesh Police, Punjab Police

The Mahindra Scorpio is known for its rugged body and is preferred by many off-roaders. Andhra Pradesh Police owns the last-generation Mahindra Scorpio vehicles for their daily patrolling while the Telangana Police force has got the new generation models. The cops from Punjab Police use the pick-up version of the Scorpio known as the Scorpio Getaway.

Tata Safari Storme

Used by: Madhya Pradesh Police

Rival to the Scorpio, and one of the first Indian SUVs, the Safari has a huge following. It also boasts a very comfortable ride and can handle long distance cruising well. With a powerful engine under the bonnet, the Safari Storme isn’t slow, and if you’re on the wrong side of the law, seeing one in your rearview mirror isn’t going to end well for you.

Tata Indigo

Used by: Kolkata Police, Agra Police

The Tata Indigo boasts of huge space and extremely good comfort levels. Kolkata and Agra police use the Indigo sedan for their daily patrolling duties. The Indigo is the first ever sedan from Tata and became very popular for the space it offers. Later, Tata launched the eCS version of the vehicle, which became the first sub-4-meter sedan in India.

Mahindra Bolero

Used By: Maharashtra Police, Andhra Pradesh Police, Kerala Police, Karnataka Police

The Mahindra Bolero was the best-selling UV in India for a long time. The Bolero’s rugged body and easy-to-repair mechanicals make it extremely popular in the Tier-II and Tier-III cities of India. The Bolero is the preferred vehicle of many state police forces as it provides ease of maintenance and comes with a long life.

Ford EcoSport

Used by: Andhra Pradesh Police

The compact SUV is used as a highway patrolling vehicle. Adequately powerful and decent to drive (for an SUV), the EcoSport can take on pothole-filled bad roads, long highways with sweeping bends, and even city roads with ease. The compact size of the vehicle makes it an easy navigator on the traffic-heavy city roads.

Mahindra TUV 300

Used by: Maharashtra Police

The Maharashtra Police recently acquired the Mahindra TUV 300 compact SUV for patrolling duties. The TUV 300 is popular for its rugged looks and an intimidating design. The sub-4-meter SUV is quite powerful too and is compact enough to be effective on the city roads without much problem.

Mahindra Marksman

Used by: West Bengal Police, Karnataka Police, Mumbai Police

The Mahindra Marksman is used by many state police forces as a riot-control vehicle. It is India’s first light bulletproof vehicle that can withstand heavy firing and can protect against hand grenades too. Even the floor of the Marksman is armoured so that the landmines and hand grenades slipped under the vehicle cannot harm it. It gets a 2.5-litre CRDe engine that generates around 105 Bhp and 228 Nm.

Polaris ATV

Used by: Kerala Police, Gujarat Police

The Polaris is an American company that specialises in making All-Terrain Vehicles. The Kerala Police have four such Polaris Crew 800 in their patrol vehicle range, which they acquired to fight the Naxals. However, they are currently being used for beach patrolling as the cops found them to be unstable and too loud to fight the Naxalites. Currently, the six-seater Polaris Crew can be seen on many beaches in the state of Kerala. The Crew 800 is a CBU and costs around Rs. 18 lakhs.