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    police squad car

    - police car
    - squad car
    These phrases mean the same thing, don't they?
    http://www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com/dictionary/squad-car
    What is a police squad car, then?


    http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/214632/group/homepage/
    A man was killed and his passenger injured this afternoon when a theft suspect fleeing Crookston police stole a police squad car and crashed it into a pickup truck.

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    Re: police squad car

    You can't expect everyone's use of language to be impeccable. The two mean more or less the same, but the police have vehicles that aren't squad cars - unmarked high-performance cars, for example.

    The article was saying that he stole a police car - and, to be more specific, it was an ordinary blue four- door sedan fitted and painted for everyday police use. But the journalist didn't have time to say all that. Most speakers of Br Eng would just say 'police car' anyway.

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    Re: police squad car

    Thank you for the response, Bob, but I'm still confused.

    This webpage has an image on it. Please take a look. Do you call the vehicle a police car?

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    Re: police squad car

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    Thank you for the response, Bob, but I'm still confused.

    This webpage has an image on it. Please take a look. Do you call the vehicle a police car?
    Yes I do. (But, as it's on a US campus, it would probably be called a squad car by the locals).

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    Re: police squad car

    I believe (and I'm sure the American contingent will correct me if I'm wrong) but I think a "squad car" is a car with police markings and blue lights etc which is available for the whole squad (all the police officers in the department) to use. The cars are not kept by individual police officers at their homes. They are kept in a car park outside the police station and are available whenever they are needed.

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