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Qatari police have a gigantic fleet of Porsches

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Qatar's recent National Day parade was like that in many other countries: it featured military and police vehicles. Unlike those other countries, Qatar has cash to burn and a sultan's taste for the good life. The vehicles of choice? Porsche Cayennes and Panameras.

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It's not unusual to hear about police departments that have a supercar as a showpiece or a special-duty vehicle, but a fleet of them is well outside the norm. Of course, the same is also true about Qatar. To say that the Connecticut-sized desert peninsula has some extra change in the sofa cushions is a bit of an understatement: Qatar essentially floats on oil and natural gas, and has the highest per-capita GDP on Earth.

There may be more rational choices for police duty than the super-luxe Porsches (like the Toyota Land Cruisers tucked further back in line in the video below), and Qatar is hardly infested with criminals in the first place, but a bit of extra high-speed pursuit capability never hurts. The government-controlled Qatar Holdings investment authority also holds a good quantity of Porsche and Volkswagen AG shares, so why not?

As impressive as a cop-car Panamera is, though, we have to think that the air conditioner probably isn't as good as the one in a Crown Vic.

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Irish Police have a gigantic fleet of Porches. To pass out on after drinking away their lunch break.

American police have a gigantic fleet of douchebags. (Exceptions do exist though)

Russian police have a gigantic fleet of peasants to carry them around.

Indian police have a gigantic fleet of Tatas but no where to drive them.

Swedish police have a gigantic fleet of Volvos but spend their time in the woods. Rallying.

Finnish police are like Swedish police, except they have fins or something.

Mexican police hide from gigantic fleets of armored personnel carriers.

Brunei police have a gigantic fleet of molded and abandoned supercars.

Chinese police have a gigantic fleet.