View Poll Results: What does "unmarked car" mean to you?

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  • Regular police-package car w/ minimal badging, and tons of lights

    29 51.79%
  • Non-police type car, with tiny little light

    8 14.29%
  • Non-police type car, with tons of lights

    11 19.64%
  • Totally non-police car, no lights, undercover driver.

    8 14.29%
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    What does "Unmarked Car" mean to you?

    The thread about not pulling over for an unmarked car made me realize that a large contributing factor to the disagreement over the issue is probably a difference in one's definition of "unmarked car".

    Is it a police Crown Vic (or Impala, or whatever your agency uses), with a small "POLICE" sticker, and a ton of lights all over the place?

    Is it a non-police car with a 2" diameter rotating light on the dash, driven by a fully-uniformed officer?

    Is it a completely undercover car, driven by a dirtbag-looking member of the local anti-drug team?

    To me and my agency, our "unmarked" car has our agency badge on the drivers side only, and is loaded with lights. (Two each red/blue flashers in the grille, two each red/blue flashers on the dash, a line of red/blue LEDs across the whole top of the windshield, corner strobes, and headlight wig-wag). There's no mistaking it, and no excuse for not pulling over for it.

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    In my agency if the car does not have a lightbar on the top but has markings on the side it is still a marked car. We just call them slick tops. Anything without markings on the side that identify it as a Sheriff's Vehicle is an unmarked car.

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    Unmarked to me means no insignia on the vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deputyryan View Post
    In my agency if the car does not have a lightbar on the top but has markings on the side it is still a marked car. We just call them slick tops. Anything without markings on the side that identify it as a Sheriff's Vehicle is an unmarked car.
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    Unmarked simply means, to me, a 'slick' 'ghost' or 'plain-wrap' version of a common patrol vehicle. An all blue Crown Vic, for example.

    Otherwise we're talking about UNDERCOVER as opposed to UNMARKED. Big difference, IMHO. Undercover cars are non-police, non-visible lights, radios, insignia, usually limo-tinted, etc.

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    Around here, an unmarked is a CVPI, usually dark colored, with interior light package and sirens, with or without a push-bar. To anyone but the most casual observer, these cars are definately squads.

    A non typical car (ie. sometimes our detectives, surveillance, etc.) are referred to as undercover or UC cars.
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    In our dept,we 3 unmarked units.One black CV with a whole crap load of lights in and on it,and 2 trucks.THe Sheriff drives on of the trucks,the other is driven by the jail administrator.The SHeriff is only one that does not wear a uniform though,but he makes very few stops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigg Dogg View Post
    In our dept,we 3 unmarked units.One black CV with a whole crap load of lights in and on it,and 2 trucks.THe Sheriff drives on of the trucks,the other is driven by the jail administrator.The SHeriff is only one that does not wear a uniform though,but he makes very few stops.
    I should hope not. If someone pulled me over using interior lights in a slicktop, and got out without a uniform on, I'd drive off again. And call in on him, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by School Cop View Post
    I should hope not. If someone pulled me over using interior lights in a slicktop, and got out without a uniform on, I'd drive off again. And call in on him, of course.
    That has happened also.He has a readio in that truck,and we get informed of it pretty quick.The person that decides to take off figures it out pretty quick also.
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    Police type vehicle (any color), no lights or markings, assigned to criminal division like burglary, auto theft etc...
    What catagory would that go under?

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