Though not as exotic as last week's Lamborghini Gallardo police car, the Itasca, IL police department has taken possession of a cruiser that's no less unusual: A Subaru WRX STi. The cop Scooby, our newest member to the list of top police cars, is on loan to Itasca for one year as part of a promotion. For what? Itasca police are hoping to use the sport compact to reach out to younger performance car drivers. Subaru is no doubt hoping to do the exact same thing. As for us — we just want to see a Charger Police Edition vs Subaru STi cop car shootout! Itasca isn't that far from Detroit. Anyway, hit the jump for the details from the little village of Itasca.
From the Village of Itasca:
During the Memorial Day parade, you may have noticed the newest addition to the Police Department Fleet In cooperation with Subaru of America, OCE, Lund Industries and Suburban Accents, the Itasca Police Department unveiled a sleek 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. The vehicle was provided by Subaru at no cost to the Village. The emergency lights and graphics were also provided at no cost. “Subaru’s commitment toward furthering police community partnerships and being a valued corporate citizen have been remarkable”, said Chief Scott Heher. The vehicle is emblazoned with the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and National Night Out graphics. This 305 horsepow¬er beauty is more than a car. According to Subaru, the vehicle is “built upon a rally car heritage for those who want to be a part of a brotherhood of speed and performance.” The vehicle will be used at promotional and special events including the opening ceremonies of the Illinois Special Olympics in Bloomington, Illinois on Friday, June 13, 2008. "We care about the safety of our customers and applaud the Itasca Police Department on their initiative to promote safe driving," said Tim Mahoney, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Subaru of America, Inc. "For Subaru to be able to participate in that quest is a pleasure."
From Subaru's Drive Magazine:
The Itasca (Illinois) Police Department has been loaned a 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STI for use in promotional and special events. Decked out with Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and National Night Out graphics, the STI won awards at the Carol Stream Police Department Wheels of Justice car show in May and participated in the opening ceremonies of the Illinois Special Olympics in Bloomington in June. It is also involved in educating the area’s young people about driving performance cars.
[Subaru/Village of Itasca via Kicking Tires blog]