Stealth police cars will do more harm than good


Published: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 10:41 p.m.

In an article titled "Speeder beware - stealth police cars on the case," The Sun reported that the Alachua County sheriff is considering purchasing unmarked police vehicles equipped with regular-issue license plates, chrome rims and tinted windows, making it hard to see a police officer in the car. Apparently, police lights will be hidden behind the front grille.

Introducing such vehicles into the community is a poor idea, and will introduce needless risk to Alachua County citizens. Having such cars roam the community is an open invitation to pedophiles and rapists to tint their car windows and install flashing lights behind their car grilles.

If such a car were to try to stop a motorist or a child on a bicycle, how is the motorist or child to know whether it is a police officer behind the wheel or a sexual predator?

There is an excellent reason for traffic officers to wear uniforms and for their vehicles to be identified as police vehicles. In the zeal to stop more motorists for traffic infractions, common sense should not be thrown overboard.

Please contact Lt. Jim Troiano in public relations (367-4041 or jtroiano@alachuasheriff.org) and let him know that stealth police cars are not wanted in our community.

James F. Klausner,

Gainesville

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