I grew up in Seattle so I always thought cop cars were supposed to be that weird blue and never understood the term Black and White until one day I
I just did some more Googling, OP is this your source?,
The more I looked into it, the less ominous it seemed. Some departments are stating visibility (esp. areas that get snow), some are saying they
basically let the officers vote and pick the color and it's boosted morale, some are saying it was a suggestion from Homeland Security. Some
departments have also witnessed a change in public perception, with citizens asking if a bunch of new cops have been hired.
I get how it being suggested by Homeland Security makes some of you nervous, but I am actually all for having cop cars more standardized. Homeland
Security suggest Black AND White, both. This is a little bit of an outlandish comparison, but imagine all the police departments choosing what color
lights they used. Red and green, blue and orange... It makes sense to have the police identifiable as possible. If I was driving along and a red
Crown Vic tried to pull me over they would get a middle finger and I would be on the phone with 911 on my way to a police station. Make them
standardized and theirs less worry of getting pulled over by a fake cop, which I assume we've all heard about. Also when they stand out, it helps to
Black is one of the standard colors that you don't have to pay extra for. It also contrasts really well with white. So a department saves money on
the initial purchase, and the subsequent costs associated with putting on the 'Police' decals. It's cheaper to have the doors and hood painted
white then have the whole thing painted blue, and it still gives a lot of visibility.
If anything we should embrace all cop cars looking the same and being black and white. They use black and white where I live, mixed with some UC
vehicles and some that are blue (the new Chargers are a dark blue). It is SO much easier to spot a black and white when you're out galavanting
around. I'm REAL good at spotting cop cars in all variants, but even people who don't know a thing about cars can recognize a black and white
cruiser way before blue etc...
I realize you're talking about all black. That to me seems stupid for the most part (not you, all black). You don't want all the cars to be highly
obvious, but you still need traffic cars to be very visible. One obvious cop car parked on the side of the street is going to slow a lot more people
down than one UC giving out a few tickets. It's also negating the worry about Homeland Security since Homeland Security wants Black AND White, not
just black. Departments may not have the funds for the new paint scheme, the officers may think it looks badass (and it does) or perhaps you're just
noticing them more often because they stand out to you. Before I got my car I never really noticed others like it. Now I get waved at by everyone
that drives the same thing, and we intentionally all park next to each other (it's a weird community).
This has also been tied into the militarization of LE. I get that too, and also take issue with some of what I see. What I don't take issue with
are cops wearing dark clothing, tactical pants, baseball hats and even t-shirts. I've been on a number of ride alongs, and I got uncomfortable in
khakis and a polo shirt. It is not comfortable sitting in a car all day, and even less comfortable when you have to move fast in clothing that's
made to look respectable but lacks any respect for your freedom of movement/sweating/etc. The dark colors make a heck of a lot of sense too. They
don't stain as easily, and cops are exposed to a LOT of nastiness and dirt even on a routine day. Seriously, if you were a cop would rather be
dressed in some comfy nylon pants, a t-shirt and baseball hat or crisp hideous pants that cause you to sweat and restrict movement? Wear a vest for a
few hours and I guarantee you'd appreciate a little leniency in the dress code.
TL;DR, good points, but there are more practical reasons to shifts in dress/cars than there are nefarious ones.
The only thing I really dislike about black on cop cars is that black is a pain in the ass to keep looking good. Make 'em flat black so you can
rattle can the scratches and dents. I may know someone who uses this site that did a brief stint with a body shop when he was in CC that contracted
with the Sherifs dept. and got irritated when the cars came in with minimal damage... Also with most of the cars being pig styes (HA). At least he
was the shop biotch and got to go pick them up and drive them back. Driving a cop car on the Freeway (Interstate for the rest of you) is pretty fun
so I hear.