Saturday, October 11, 2014

Military or Police

While I believe that police are not being militarized, I also think that many departments give the impression of militarization.  I think this is a bad idea.  I think that it is easy to get carried away with all the cool gear and forget what it looks like to the public.  While intimidation of violent criminals is a viable and legitimate tactic to reduce attacks against police, I think this can be accomplished without unnecessarily alarming the decent citizens.

Police armored and SWAT vehicles should be painted like police cars.  Armored cars should not look like military vehicles, even if they are surplus military vehicles.  They should be gloss painted in the same livery as the regular patrol cars.  Military vehicles are painted flat to reflect radar signals, and for visual camouflage, this is unnecessary for police vehicles. 

Police armored vehicles should have the same POLICE reflective decals as the regular patrol cars.  You are not going to sneak up on anyone in a police context in an armored car.  Police armored cars should have flashing emergency lights all around, similar to what you see on big fire trucks.  Police vehicles that look like military vehicles are disturbing to average citizens who are concerned about government oppression.  This is not an unreasonable concern and we only create unneeded opposition by feeding that concern; that's what the SGT Says.

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