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panda car

A popular term for a small to mid-sized police car in the UK, so named because the original cars were painted with large panels of black (or light blue) and white. In modern police cars the large panel design has been retained, but the standard colours are white, lemon yellow and French blue on the sides and diagonals of orange and yellow on the rear.

Ambulances in the UK also have the “panda” panel design with a base of white or pale yellow and panels of fluorescent yellow and emerald green and, like the police cars, diagonals of orange and yellow on the rear.
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He said: "When they brought in Panda cars and took the bobby off the beat it made policing less personal.
The ban was imposed after an e-mail was sent to staff telling them they would be using police cars without authority if they chose to use panda cars to buy snacks while on duty.
Violence flared when the crowd attacked two panda cars as night fell.
Residents on the road awoke to find their homes surrounded by police officers, panda cars and dog handlers and were told to stay indoors for their own safety.
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To tackle the problem, the police left their panda cars at the station and went out on off-road police motorbikes.
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Residents awoke to find their homes surrounded by armed police officers, panda cars and dog handlers.
IT'S a funfair cop for these policemen as they swap their Panda cars for a ride on the dodgems.
THIS is a photograph of the first panda cars to be bought by Coventry City Police.
An inquiry was launched today into how FIVE police panda cars pulled up at the same Teesside cafe - just minutes after the start of a shift.
Mountain bikes will allow us to get to areas such as canal paths and walkways, which are not accessible in panda cars.