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How to spot an unmarked police car on the motorway – check for these tell-tale signs

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David
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And because they stand out so much it means you can avoid being caught out by a sneaky, hidden car.

This is what annoys me. If one wasn't in the position of breaking laws - traffic or otherwise - one wouldn't be 'caught'. So what's 'sneaky' about it?

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Mac7

They can publish what they like. It’s hardly breaking news that the police use unmarked vehicles. Must be another slow news day in the Sun office.

I once borrows a Superintendents car for a shift that was unmarked with covert blues and twos fitted. It also had a private plate.

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Indiana Jones

Someone who can give enough of their attention to trying to figure out if a vehicle is an unmarked cop car, then they can pay enough attention to not break the speed limit and  not be driving like a tool.

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Fedster

On the 1 hand The Sun work hand in hand with the Police Federation by sponsoring the Police Bravery awards on the other hand they publish almost daily drivel like the article in the OP. Strange rag.

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Hyphen

I always like when you see the unmarked traffic type units with overt ANPR cameras on them or other unmarked units with the GPS thing on them or even funnier cops wearing high vis driving them.

In seriousness who cares what is published. Who cares if the public can spot the car a mile off.

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MerseyLLB

This is hilarious. 

When following a car we follow 1 mile behind? 

 

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Beaker

TBH from what I've seen most people don't look in their review mirror long enough to see a marked car, never mind unmarked.

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Indiana Jones
5 hours ago, Beaker said:

TBH from what I've seen most people don't look in their review mirror long enough to see a marked car, never mind unmarked.

I once dealt with a woman who was on her phone whilst I was IN FRONT of her at traffic lights in a marked car.

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I once dealt with a woman who was on her phone whilst I was IN FRONT of her at traffic lights in a marked car.
The level of stupid is amazing. I particularly like people saying they weren't, when 2 if you have actually watched then pick up their phone and start using it. It amazes me these days as even the most basic cars now come fitted with Bluetooth, and you can pick up a workable bluetooth unit for less than £15.

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Expect to see two people in the car - a driver and a passenger

ha, yeah ok that's a good one there. Two up on traffic.

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AdamL

I drive around 90 miles per day commuting - the amount of people I see on their phones really bugs me, some people frankly do not care.

As I can do nothing other than shout at people or make gestures to put a phone down (which often doesn't work) I simply stare at them.... they usually then put it down/away just in case I'm a cop and always look sheepish or face the other way until they can drive away :)

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sierragolf95
10 hours ago, AdamL said:

I drive around 90 miles per day commuting - the amount of people I see on their phones really bugs me, some people frankly do not care.

As I can do nothing other than shout at people or make gestures to put a phone down (which often doesn't work) I simply stare at them.... they usually then put it down/away just in case I'm a cop and always look sheepish or face the other way until they can drive away :)

If I get this new job as civilian police staff I'll be doing 70-80 miles a day and as I have a dashcam I'd really love to be able to capture these idiots on camera, send the footage to the police and they'd get a knock on the door. Even only doing 30 miles a day I'll at least see 3 or 4. Sadly if we all did that we'd need a whole new police force to deal with the footage!

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MerseyLLB
47 minutes ago, sierragolf95 said:

If I get this new job as civilian police staff I'll be doing 70-80 miles a day and as I have a dashcam I'd really love to be able to capture these idiots on camera, send the footage to the police and they'd get a knock on the door. Even only doing 30 miles a day I'll at least see 3 or 4. Sadly if we all did that we'd need a whole new police force to deal with the footage!

We had a log come in the other day woth a member of the public reporting a VRM of a person who had used their mobile phone. 

It was very confusing as to why the FCR decided to put the call out when we had outstanding immediate calls unanswered and probably 80 priority calls on the screen yet to be attended.

I know some forces accept DASH cam footage from the public to report low level traffic offences. My issue with it is there's no context and discretion you might have from a police officer conducting the stop and also who is going to do the case work/interview for these? 

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scary100
On 13/04/2018 at 23:40, MerseyLLB said:

We had a log come in the other day woth a member of the public reporting a VRM of a person who had used their mobile phone. 

It was very confusing as to why the FCR decided to put the call out when we had outstanding immediate calls unanswered and probably 80 priority calls on the screen yet to be attended.

I know some forces accept DASH cam footage from the public to report low level traffic offences. My issue with it is there's no context and discretion you might have from a police officer conducting the stop and also who is going to do the case work/interview for these? 

If a report comes in that the driver is driving erratically (partially on the motorway) then we generally despatch or place an obs out due to potential risk to other road users at that time if its in progress. Obviously its normally on a case by case basis when we see what outstanding jobs there are.....

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