NOPE! Real deal, manYou're kidding me! Those are actual siren models?! I always thought that they just used some sound editing to make the tones sound "futuristic".
I posted the openings to The Bill from 1988-1996/7 on this thread. Back when the openings were enjoyable and not nearly as flashy and outlandish. I never got tired of seeing a Rover SD1 racing up to the screen with the focus being on its beacon. Same applies to each successive vehicle and its lighting. The pilot to The Bill was called "Woodentop", another nod to a police nickname, as you know (but the Yanks likely won't ). I'll add that I was always was a fan of Sergeant Cryer and DI Galloway and especially of the barbs they'd hurl at each other.Alright. From the long running UK TV series "The Bill" (derived from the nickname of the Police, the Old Bill).
The siren tones are dubbed over. (although the siren itself is real "Met Sound")
It's from the old "Met Sound" siren box (that's it's actual name) and the modern variant, of which I used to own one, is a Stirling SS2H4 more commonly used by Essex Police on their IRVs/Area cars.
As for characters, Sgt Cryer, Galloway, Roach, Burnside, Carver, June and Tony were always my favourites. And of course in the later versions, Reg and Des were classic.
Vehicle wise, I loved the early-mid 90s Ford Sierra with the rotator lightbar on top (still used by the Met and various other UK Police well into the late 00's) They used to have a Sierra Cosworth with a Single rotating beacon on top used as the Area car from around 91-93 in the series.
They still used the "Met Sound" on several vehicles in the Met for quite some time.
Interesting note. Watched some old reruns of Rescue 8. Model 17 on the roof, some really fast tunnel flashers on the roof, and a B&M stuffed under the front bumper. No steady burn.California has had the steady-burn red requirement at least for more than 50 years. I'm not sure about when the alternating rear amber came into effect or when they made the requirements concerning sound output on sirens.
Seems that the under-the-bumper B&Ms were common on LAFD rescue trucks. Lou Farah has one of the original panel truck rescues, but not a '58 like this one. When he got his panel truck rescue truck the B&M was fender-mounted. The truck has since undergone a total restoration both inside and out; and the B&M S8B has been returned to its rightful place under the bumper. Pix of the restoration can be seen on the Professional Cars International FB page.Interesting note. Watched some old reruns of Rescue 8. Model 17 on the roof, some really fast tunnel flashers on the roof, and a B&M stuffed under the front bumper. No steady burn.
It's from the Japanese TV series Seibu Keisatsu (Western Police/Western Division)Here's one from Japan. This is an advert for the Nissan Safari or something (???). Presented in a way that only the Japanese could (read: inexplicable). Your guess is as good as mine. Hell of a flashy commercial though. Or whatever it is.