UK Police have a annual budget, for each county, or city force, that comes from TAXES. Same thing for their wages and uniforms and the hundred and one things that are needed, like barriers, and office supplies and biros. Vehicles have to be insured, just like yours is. The difference is the Police have to have a lot more liability and accident coverage, and of course they are' subject to the same laws as anyone else who drives on the road. Damages are repaired by the force's own mechanics, who also maintain the fleet, for routine servicing, and daily inspections. Parts are bought at wholesale prices, and in large amounts. Better prices for replacement tires, if you buy 500 at a time. Same for oil and filters. A Police car that is "written off `by the insurers, becomes THEIR property, as they just `bought it `. Usable accessories, such as roof lights, and any accessory interior fittings will remain the property of the Police forceOlder cars are retired to the driver training unit, to get added life out of them. Here in Toronto, the Toronto Police Service has it`s own `self funded vehicle insurance company `that insures the 900 odd cars and trucks that the TPS has in it`s fleet. That same insurance company also provides life and accident insurance to Police officers and civilian employees, and their dependants . The Toronto Police Association has a credit union that offers low rate loans and home mortgages, to it`s members, who are either Police officers or civilian employees of the TPS. Way cheaper than banks, and members are assured that they will be accepted, for sure. They know where you work and how much you earn, too. Jim BToronto.