When is a cop car not a cop car?
When it is driven by a renta cop trying to look just like a real cop.
A couple of readers report sighting a white Ford Crown Vic “police car” sporting a set of overhead lights, the outline of Idaho on a shiny gold shield pasted to the doors, a laptop computer on the dash, antennae just like the big boys and a slogan on the back fenders easily mistaken for the familiar “Community Policing” or STEP we see on BPD vehicles.
The License plate is a vanity number with DEI on it.
The GUARDIAN also spotted the fake police vehicle and noticed it belongs to DISHION ENTERPRISES, Inc. No one has reported any illegal or improper acts, but the rig looks like a “wannabe.”
We did some more checking on the Dishion name on line and ended up at various county commission sites. It looks like the guy is into everything. Even eBay where we got this link to POLICE PATCHES.
We made calls to the Ada Sheriff and Attorney General where there was little concern voiced about the easy access–for as little as 99 Cents to official looking police paraphinalia. Talk about a loose and lax attitude toward cop gear!
It would seem logical for local cop agencies to do some trademark/copyright work with their patches, paint schemes on cars, etc. Some places have laws prohibiting anything that “resembles or could readily be confused with” a real police agency. They prohibit the use of any names of the city, county or state or the words POLICE, SHERIFF, in their name or signs.
Our reader expressed concern about people offering information or even seeking out a real copper only to find it is a uniformed wannabe rent-a-cop with a Crown Vic.
If you want to get some respect along the greenbelt this summer, might try an expensive mountain bike, a black and white helmet, a polo shirt, dark shorts with a wide leather belt festooned with “stuff” in pouches and black shoes. Include an earpiece for a cell phone for increased effect.
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