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As Use of Unmarked Cruisers Increases, So Does Civilian Fear of Police Impersonators

Discussion in 'Police Impersonation News' started by kwflatbed, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    BY LARRY COPELAND
    USA Today

    Each year across the USA, reports surface of drivers being pulled over by people who are impersonating police and intending to rob or assault them. The concerns are at issue now as many law enforcement agencies step up their use of unmarked patrol cars to catch speeders and other traffic law violators.
    "With a car that is not clearly marked, people are sometimes very apprehensive about pulling over," says James Baxter, president of the National Motorists Association, which helps members fight traffic tickets. "Obviously, an unmarked car could certainly cause people concern. Anybody can go out and buy a light of the regular variety and stick it on their car."

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  2. Big.G

    Big.G In Tactical Mode....

    Re: As Use of Unmarked Cruisers Increases, So Does Civilian Fear of Police Impersonat

    Fear of police impersonators? They're only trying to help us out..... :rolleyes:
     
  3. TopCop24

    TopCop24 Working in the land of misfit toys

    Re: As Use of Unmarked Cruisers Increases, So Does Civilian Fear of Police Impersonat

    There was actually a member on MC1 who PMd me to complain about a Trooper with an unmarked Charger. This said MC member said he "knows his rights" and wanted a marked cruiser there, even though he knew it was a Trooper. DAMM where have you gone??
     
  4. Johnny Law

    Johnny Law Nemo me impune lacessit Staff Member

    Re: As Use of Unmarked Cruisers Increases, So Does Civilian Fear of Police Impersonat

    Seems like Baxter is a know it all toolbox.
     
  5. vtdeputy

    vtdeputy MassCops Member

    Re: As Use of Unmarked Cruisers Increases, So Does Civilian Fear of Police Impersonat

    I can just see this happening someday...fed's make a law stating all police vehicles will be marked. Hopefully not, but with the president we have now i can see it
     
  6. GreenMachine

    GreenMachine Infidel

    Re: As Use of Unmarked Cruisers Increases, So Does Civilian Fear of Police Impersonat

    What is the point of interviewing this baggadouche? James Baxter, president of the National Motorists Association, which helps members fight traffic tickets. Obvious what his stance will be.
     
  7. jettsixx

    jettsixx Had enough

    Re: As Use of Unmarked Cruisers Increases, So Does Civilian Fear of Police Impersonat

    All of our cruisers are unmarked and black. Surprised no one has cried about them.
     
  8. southy88

    southy88 MassCops Member

    Re: As Use of Unmarked Cruisers Increases, So Does Civilian Fear of Police Impersonat

    would it make people feel better if cars looked like this for easy identification?

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  9. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Re: As Use of Unmarked Cruisers Increases, So Does Civilian Fear of Police Impersonat

    Please resize your pics before posting.
     
  10. cc3915

    cc3915 MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Re: As Use of Unmarked Cruisers Increases, So Does Civilian Fear of Police Impersonat

    HOWARD COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF POLICE
    3410 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
    JAMES N. ROBEY
    County Executive
    G. WAYNE LIVESAY
    Chief of Police
    (410) 313-2203
    (410) 313-2272
    Howard County Police Department
    [email protected] Nationally Accredited Since 1990
    Tips on Stopping for an Unmarked Police Car
    Unmarked police cars are a commonly-used tool for conducting traffic stops. They remind drivers that any car—not just those with obvious lights and sirens—may be driven by a police officer looking for speeders. Some citizens feel unsure about what to do if approached by an unmarked police car while driving. The Howard County Police Department is offering tips to ensure your comfort and safety.
    The Howard County police utilize both marked and unmarked patrol cars in our efforts. In 2005 we purchased two “covert” vehicles which have been highlighted in a number of news articles and on local Channel 8, GTV. The use of unmarked and covert cars, along with our marked patrol units, is critical to our success in this area.
    The police department is offering these tips when being stopped by an unmarked or covert police vehicle, if you feel concerned or uncomfortable:
    • Activate your four-way hazard lights to notify the officer you are complying with his or her request to pull over.
    • If you have a mobile phone, call 911 and ask the dispatcher to verify that it is an officer attempting to pull you over. If the 911 operator has verified your vehicle description and your location, stop immediately for the officer.
    • If you are unsure, (with your hazard lights activated) drive to the nearest public area where possible police impersonators are less likely to engage drivers.
    • If it is nighttime, (with your hazard lights activated) drive to a well lit area, another disincentive for those fraudulently trying to stop your vehicle.
    • If the unmarked or covert car is being operated by a plainclothes officer, you may request that a uniform officer respond to the scene.
    The number one complaint by our citizens in Howard County is speeding and aggressive drivers on our roadways. We lose about three times as many citizens each year to fatal motor vehicle collisions than violent crimes. In 2005, approximately 60 percent of fatal crashes in our county were alcohol-related.
    In the ongoing effort to maintain the safety of our motorists, we use a variety of tools to identify reckless drivers and those that drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
    The Howard County Police Department is dedicated to safeguarding our roadways and reducing the conditions that endanger our motorists. Following our tips may reduce anxieties related to being stopped by less conventional police efforts in pursuit of this goal.
    We remind everyone that obeying the speed limit and always wearing your seatbelt reduces the risk of a collision, personal injury or being stopped for a violation. Be safe!

    http://www.co.ho.md.us/police/docs/tipsonunmarkedcars.pdf
     
  11. southy88

    southy88 MassCops Member

    Re: As Use of Unmarked Cruisers Increases, So Does Civilian Fear of Police Impersonat

    my apologies kw
     
  12. RJ145

    RJ145 MassCops Member

    Re: As Use of Unmarked Cruisers Increases, So Does Civilian Fear of Police Impersonat


    Don't jinx yourself. Have you noticed that a lot of fire trucks have those alternating yellow/red chevrons on the back of them? Next thing you know they'll be mandating something similar for you guys.
     
  13. j809

    j809 Subscribing Member

    Don't care what I drive, show me the money
     

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