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    Tinted Windows on Police Cars

    I've been wondering this for a while now...I see some cars, both marked and unmarked with tinted windows, but then other cars within the same department don't have tint so I was wondering if individual officers are generally allowed to make certain approved "personal touches" to their patrol vehicles?

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    Here they can. Some officers have their windows tinted and some aren't about to spend money on a car they don't own and some just don't like the tint. It just depends on the department's policies.
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    All of ours are tinted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr crowley View Post
    I've been wondering this for a while now...I see some cars, both marked and unmarked with tinted windows, but then other cars within the same department don't have tint so I was wondering if individual officers are generally allowed to make certain approved "personal touches" to their patrol vehicles?
    The answer to your question will be as numerous as the number of departments in the country.

    Depends on the department's policy.
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    Pretty much all K9's have at least the back seat tinted, but usually the whole car. For regular patrol, different policies for different departments. At my first, the chief hated tinted windows so my sgt got his done because he has a doctors note (seriously) saying he could have them. Before I left, everyone pretty much didn't care what the chief had to say and started getting theirs done, too. Some depts allow their guys to get them done at the legal limit, while others let their guys take advantage of the emergency vehicle exemption. My current department has all the car tinted, K9 at 5%, regular at 22%.
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    I work for an Investigative only Bureau and we are allowed to get 15% all the way around, on the states budget. We also only utilize unmarked vehicles only. The agency I use to work for only tinted the K9 vehicles and Street Crimes vehicles.

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    If youre knockin boots under a camera, the tint helps hide the dirty....
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    Just do it in front of a camera and try not to get a boner and you shoudl be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaPlaca View Post
    If youre knockin boots under a camera, the tint helps hide the dirty....
    Wouldn't have helped this guy! lol

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/...20100412.shtml

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    All our patrol and CID units are tinted.

    In the bright hot texas sun, it really helps.
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    Our K-9 unit vehicles are tinted out. A lot of unmarked vehicles that get used for anti-crime and SNEU are also tinted out. Regular patrol vehicles don't have any tint on the windows.

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    All of our units have tinted windows. Like stated above, it helps with this Texas sun!
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    I am not ashamed to state that I drive a huge gas guzzling SUV that has tinted windows that are way above state law........and why? because the Chief says I can on the tax payers dime....and he lets me because state law exempts me.......Don't like it write your state rep and have the law repealed, or become a cop and be cool like me...... other wise MYOFB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dacp View Post
    i am not ashamed to state that i drive a huge gas guzzling suv that has tinted windows that are way above state law........and why? Because the chief says i can on the tax payers dime....and he lets me because state law exempts me.......don't like it write your state rep and have the law repealed, or become a cop and be cool like me...... Other wise myofb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ummone View Post
    I believe the point that is being made is that your not a sworn police officer therefor you are not allowed to respond in "ask a cop".

    I'm sure he is also curious (I know I am) what kind of career/occupations is "tower"???
    Tow-er, maybe? As in a wrecker driver or tow truck operator? He who tows things? I hope so, because the alternative is just too...weird.
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    I have the only squad with tinted windows, its the K9 car. All of the other departments around only have K9 squads tinted, except for one Deputy in a neighboring county, his windows are mirror tinted ..... just because he can.

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    We tint- and we have taken citizen complaints about it.
    ...prob the same TYPE *********s who complain about an officer eating lunch in a restaurant-HOW DARE THEY!!
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    Why the he** would citizens care about a police officer having the windows tinted on their car? Especially to care enough where they file a complaint? Probably a non tax payer/contributor just out to cause trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr crowley View Post
    Why the he** would citizens care about a police officer having the windows tinted on their car? Especially to care enough where they file a complaint? Probably a non tax payer/contributor just out to cause trouble.
    I am no longer surprised at what citizens complain about.
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    I like the tint on my k-9 car but it only helps keep the sun off the dog otherwise I would not want the tint
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    I would like some light tint on my patrol car, if only to keep it cool from sitting in the school parking lot all day. I have vent shades on it for rain, but it does squat for sunlight. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr crowley View Post
    Why the he** would citizens care about a police officer having the windows tinted on their car? Especially to care enough where they file a complaint? Probably a non tax payer/contributor just out to cause trouble.
    It's the whole "why do da po-po have tint and we can't?" mentality.

    I try to just explain to them why we do. I say "you want tint to hide you inside so we won't see you smokin' crack. I want tint so your children don't have to see you sitting in the back of my car after smackin' their mother around while high on crack."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DACP View Post
    I am no longer surprised at what citizens complain about.
    We need to make a thread on that. I have some good stories on things that I've been complained on about and I've only been working for a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FiVo3 View Post
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    At my agency if you want your windows tinted you can get it tinted (at your own expense). We just need to have supervisor approval prior to getting the windows tinted, and they can't be below the legal limit.
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