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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (AP) -- State police are taking to the woods, dressed in camouflage and armed.
But the weapons are radar guns, the quarry is speeders and the season never closes.
Police at the Rockview Barracks near State College began using so-called "camo cops" patrols after a 44-vechicle crash on Interstate 80 that killed six people in January.
"As a result, there were many, many letters and questions and fingerpointing -- What are you doing? What are you not doing enough of?" said Lt. Jeffrey Watson, station commander.
The tactic is catching on with state police in other counties.
Originally posted by el_topo
The most effective tatic the police in my city use is unmanned cars. The randomnly park police cars with no one in them along the sides of main roads, mostly in parking lots. The effect is that everyone thinks they are about to pass a cop so they slow down. Speed traps are a big business in my state. Some cities get 80-90% of their revenue from tickets, not taxes.
In Aiken, there's a new kind of cop in town. He's got the look and the tool to clock you, but on closer inspection his threatening stance falls flat.
"At first I thought it was a person!" says driver Lucille Wright. Officer Chris Carter is - he's just made out of cardboard. And it's obvious Aiken's newest cop is cut out for the job