A police officer can always remember the first time behind the wheel of his police cruiser. For Doug Hubert, it was after a tour with the U.S. Navy, in 1998. He was a new trooper and the car was a Ford Crown Victoria.
“Most people take pride that as a trooper they get to take home a car,” said Hubert, of the Virginia State Police. “It sits in front of your house, so people know that a trooper lives there.”
Hubert was driving an almost-new Crown Victoria along Interstate 81 the other day, listing the reasons he liked it: Its rear-wheel drive gives it easy handling for catching up with speeding motorists, and its roomy interior gives him space for the 300 pounds of equipment he carries.