EXCITEMENT is building ahead of a major event showcasing historic police cars and kit from a bygone era.
More than 40,000 people visited the previous Policing Through the Ages event held two years ago at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.
Now organiser Sgt Rob Sutton, from Hampshire Constabulary, is hoping to pull in the crowds to the shopping area again with more than 75 cars from the 1940s onwards on show this October.
Cars from TV shows including Starsky and Hutch, Knight Rider and The Sweeney will be on display.
Sgt Sutton said: ‘It’s a great opportunity to see what the police service do and where we’ve come from to where we are now.
‘It’s also to experience what it what would have been like for your parents or grandparents if they had been in the police.’
Visitors will get a chance to quiz officers on the vehicles and meet Portsmouth police.
Sgt Sutton, whose beat includes Somers Town, Old Portsmouth and Gunwharf Quays, said: ‘This is how to experience all things police and it’s also to break down those barriers – there’s a human behind that uniform.’
He added: ‘The great thing about it being at Gunwharf is it’s so accessible for everybody.
‘A lot of people appreciate it that we put it in a position you can get to easily.’
Along with historic cars, nine police forces will bring cars currently in use and the National Police Air Service helicopter will do a flypast.
The array of vehicles event includes Dorset Police’s tractor – made up with a police paint job. Thames Valley Police’s horses will also be along.
The central motorway police group, based in Birmingham, is due to travel down and show off its F Type Jaguar.
Boats will be on display with the Hampshire marine unit also present if possible. The coastguard and Hampshire Search and Rescue are coming along to exhibit for the first time.
The event is not taxpayer-funded and is organised by a team who give up their time to put it together.
Cash raised from the sale of PTTA2015 patches at the free October 3 event, which starts at 10am, will go to Cops UK and police memorial.