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  • Can cops drive fast/sporty looking cars?

    Are cops who drive "streetracer-ish" types of cars frowned upon?

    Like a 1993 Camaro Z28.

    Do you risk your chances of not getting hired by a department if you drive a car like that? (Even if you have no tickets/infractions and have a clean driving record)
    Dreaming to be someone else is a waste of who you are.

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    Your driving record is important; the car you drive is not.

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    • #3
      One of our local troopers has a couple (one old and one new ) Corvettes.


      I have never asked an applicant what kind of car they drive
      My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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      • #4
        As has been noted to you, your Motor Vehicle History is what counts. The type of car you drive is up to you.

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        • #5
          My Sheriff even bought and assigned me a fast/sporty car back in '97.

          Black pursuit package Camaro. Yes it was fast and sporty. Did I mention that it was F-A-S-T?

          Had loads of fun in that car.

          I called it my "super-go-fast-catchem-mobile".

          Loved the ads in LE publications back then showing a po-lice Camaro sittitng on the side of the road with the caption, "Here speeder, speeder."

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          "Yes sir, I know you have rights."
          "In fact, I know your rights better than you do!"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TheThinBlueLine View Post
            Are cops who drive "streetracer-ish" types of cars frowned upon?

            Like a 1993 Camaro Z28.

            Do you risk your chances of not getting hired by a department if you drive a car like that? (Even if you have no tickets/infractions and have a clean driving record)


            Many years ago during an oral board I was asked what type of vehicle I drove and if it was modified.

            I felt it was irrelevant then as I do now.
            As "Just Joe" stated "your driving record is important; the car you drive is not".

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            • #7
              Everyone (except for cops) should be absolutely prohibited from owning sports cars, muscle cars, fast and furious drifters, rice burners with spoilers and buzz mufflers, streetracers and all other types of go-fast machines. It's all for the children. If we can save just one ya know...maybe we could institute background checks and waiting periods and limits on gas tank capacity. Anything over 7 gallons would be a felony and we could kick in your garage door with our jackboots and seize your cars. A federal registry of fast car owners would be required... Wow, the possibilities are endless

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              • #8
                Yes...If they can afford them, and they get their spouse's permission.
                My comments are my personal opinion and are based on my life experiences and training. They are not to be construed as legal advice in any form as I am not an attorney. Should you act on any of the information I provide in my comments, you do so at your own risk!!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TheThinBlueLine View Post
                  Are cops who drive "streetracer-ish" types of cars frowned upon?

                  Like a 1993 Camaro Z28.

                  Do you risk your chances of not getting hired by a department if you drive a car like that? (Even if you have no tickets/infractions and have a clean driving record)
                  Z28s are ok to drive.....if we see you drive up in a 'smart' car or a Prius your application is going to fall in the shredder
                  The posts on this forum by this poster are of his personal opinion, and his personal opinion alone

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                  • #10
                    Police officers are citizines and can own and/or drive whatever type of persoanl vehicle they can persoanlly afford. There are no restrictions.

                    Candidates for law enforcement should be ready to appropriately address why they drive a high performance vehicle. Some individuals who own such vehicles are often frought with many traffic violations.

                    If you are one of those who owns a high performance vehicle and are considering a law enforcement career, be wary and prepared!
                    Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

                    [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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                    • #11
                      What I drive is none of the departments business
                      Geaux Tigers

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by LA DEP View Post
                        Z28s are ok to drive.....if we see you drive up in a 'smart' car or a Prius your application is going to fall in the shredder
                        Add a Mazda Miata to that list.
                        “Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.” - Robert F. Kennedy.

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                        • #13
                          No, you can only drive an old police car, and it has to have a push bumper, spot light, and lots of antennas, that why people always know you're the police. You should go ahead and get yours now, but make sure you add some clear lens LED lights so we know you are serious.
                          Originally posted by Ceridwen
                          Just one would be stingy of me, I'd have to get two. For the children.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the responses!

                            LA DEP I was eating cereal and when I saw your post I sprayed a mouthful of milk all over my monitor and laughed my *** off

                            I'm a car person; I love the 90's classics like the Trans Am, Pontiac....it's great to hear they won't judge me as a hoodlum just for owning that kind of car.
                            Last edited by TheThinBlueLine; 04-30-2013, 06:37 PM. Reason: misspelled a word
                            Dreaming to be someone else is a waste of who you are.

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                            • #15
                              A lot of cops are car guys. As long as you're not out there street racing and have a clean driving record, you're good to drive whatever you want. We do have a policy that we have to keep our personal vehicles clean and in good repair (i.e. don't leak oil all over the department's lot), but that's it.

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