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At a Chicago Crime Commission luncheon held in his honor Wednesday afternoon, Weis, answering a question about what he might do to help patrol officers on the street, said he'd like to get the department's "horrible" fleet of cars updated.
With Chicago's tough winters, a sport-utility vehicle might make more sense than the traditional Ford Crown Victoria, he said.
You flatlanders and your misconceptions. Everyone knows Subaru station wagons are the best snowmobiles; supposedly new Volvo station wagons are good too. I can't imagine cops having any interest in using enormous SUVs with high centers of gravity for pursuit--especially in the snow--but they are more intimidating than the soccer mom sleds. And they might help unmarked vehicles look a little more undercover than the Crown Vics do.
Speaking of cops and their accouterments, there's a debate on Second City Cop about the use and abuse of cargo pants. "The more you have on your belt, the less you have in your head" is probably a good usability rule for anyone, cops included.
Update: Useful comment below. Also, MetaFilter has a discussion on why cops and cabbies drive Crown Vics. Wikipedia goes into considerable detail about the differences between normal and Police Interceptor models.