FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Legally Defensible Training Records

Ask The Expert

Ari Vidali

CEO and Founder of Envisage Technologies

Top News

Video: New Philly Police Commissioner Wants Squad Cars to be More Stealthy

January 07, 2016  | 

VIDEO: New Philly Police Commissioner Wants Squad Cars to be More Stealthy

Philadelphia’s new police commissioner took action this week to turn off the red and blue bar lights on top of squad cars.

Commissioner Richard Ross announced the directive to staff, referring to the still blue and red bar lights, not the emergency flashing colored lights.

“They’ll (squad cars) be able to get there before people see that they’re coming,” Lieutenant John Stanford told Eyewitness News.

Former Philadelphia Commissioner Charles Ramsey mandated that squad cars have the bar lights on at all times. Stanford says the lights sometimes posed problems for officers, giving the criminals a head start. “It gives up your positioning in terms of from a tactical standpoint, so having those lights on, it allows the bad guys to see you essentially before you arrive to a location,” Stanford told CBS Philly.

Comments (5)

Displaying 1 - 5 of 5

Leonard @ 1/7/2016 3:44 PM

This action by Philly is contrary to what departments do here and overseas. I recently returned for S. Korea where lights on is SOP. Seems to me you should want visibility as a deterrent. I sincere doubt the new Chiefs Logic will assist.

Aaron C @ 1/8/2016 6:02 AM

Seriously Leonard, you think that all patrol cars that are on duty, whether responding to code 2 calls (or lunch) should drive with their overhead light bars ON? Aside from being a major traffic hazard and putting the general public at risk (we all know how people can react with red & blues lights behind them) plus I agree with the new Commish, perps can spot these lights from blocks away and respond accordingly, even if the full light bar isn't activated and flashing. Stealth approach is always the best idea.

Lt Dan @ 1/8/2016 8:18 AM

Bravo!!! When I saw the Philly cars with the small lights burning steady at night it made no sense to me. Taking the option of deadlighting away from officers was a bad decision. How many times have you stopped with the parking brake to avoid activating your taillights? If the answer is many times, thank your FTO.

Lt Dan @ 1/8/2016 8:21 AM

Seeing the words "Former Philadelphia Commissioner Charles Ramsey" is a great thing. The fact that he wore his uniform while advocating for political issues was disrespectful to ALL OF US regardless of if you agree with him or not.

JJ @ 1/8/2016 10:23 AM

In my 35 year career as a peace officer, I never understood the mentality of having light bars configured this way. I know of agencies that do this, but it makes no sense to me. I guess the new commissioner feels that same way as I do.

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Prisoner Serving Time for Attempted Murder of Officers Escapes in Maryland
Maryland police agencies are looking for escaped prisoner David M. Watson. Watson, serving...
Video: Arrested Ohio Woman Attacks Officer with OC Spray from Back of Patrol Vehicle
Video recorded in the back of a Columbus, OH, police cruiser shows a woman and a police...
On Eve of Rodney King Riots Anniversary LAPD Chief Says Force Will Never “Fail” City Again
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has written an editorial for the Los Angeles Times...
Ohio Man Called 911 Asking for a Police Dog to Help Him Find Stolen Heroin
A Bath Township, OH, man was arrested earlier this year after he called 911 requesting a...
TX Authorities Searching for Missing Officer Who is Reportedly Experiencing Emotional Distress
Police did not release his name, but said that his vehicle was found Tuesday morning at...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine