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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.

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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.

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