Dear PoPville – What’s the story with the “cop pimpmobile”?

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“Dear PoPville,

Is it possible to find out why on earth MPD has a pimpmobile?”

Sightings of this unusual MPD ride comes up every year or so:

“it’s not a real Excalibur, belonged to a drug dealer, the DC police now use it to visit schools and talk about how it was confiscated.”

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  • The Excalibur

    Agency: Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)

    Make/Model: 1988 Mercury Cougar

    Top speed: 100 mph

    Odometer reading: 21,808 miles

    Sound system: AM/FM stereo with cassette deck

    Cupholders: none

    Special features: extended frame, U.S. and U.K. car club symbols attached to grill, dramatic spare tire placement

    “The MPD seized the Excalibur from a drug dealer in the mid-’90s and decided to enlist it in the war on drugs. So they put a prowl-car paint job on the pimped-out kit car, with the legend “Seized from a drug dealer” painted under one of its windows. The theory was that showing kids the car that had been seized by the cops would teach a valuable lesson about the consequences of drug-dealing. Many kids, however, seemed to focus on the fact that the drug dealer had been able to afford the Excalibur in the first place. Eventually, the MPD painted over the words. These days, the Excalibur is trotted out about once a month, mostly for parades and public functions, often with Chief Charles Ramsey inside”

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