Preface: I understand that the following probably doesn’t hold for all cities/states, I’ve seen these cars in the three states I’ve lived in – particularly NJ.
Why aren’t police patrol cars stripped more of their “copness” prior to sale to private citizens? (I assume the cars are mainly sold through auction?). I often see retired cars that are still outfitted with push bumpers, spotlights, pursuit tires, and even lettering that’s poorly concealed by just rollered/spray paint. Someone could, of course, buy their own Crown Vic-ish car and outfit it out, but that doesn’t seem highly likely. The car I was behind today even had the usual cop car bumperstickers left on (“Cop Shot Call 911,” DARE, etc).
These cars still read “cop!” and I’ve seen fellow motorists (and me) hit the brakes/slow waaay down/not pass the ersatz cop car and clog up traffic. With the addition of a vaguely cop-like roof light, I’m sure the (non) cop could easily pull over drivers, especially in the semi-dark.
Isn’t it a liability to sell cars that are easily mistaken for law enforcement vehicles to private citizens? If a buyer were so inclined, he or she could engage in some . . . interesting activity.
Or is it an eviiiil plot to give the illusion that the police are everywhere? 8 ) BTW: I know a lot of departments have moved on from the Crown Vic, but this is the quintessential patrol car.