Rogers Co. Sheriff Says No Police Equipment On Personal Vehicles


Monday, August 10th 2009, 2:32 pm
By: News On 6


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CLAREMORE, OK -- The Rogers County Sheriff's Office is issuing a warning to people who purchase and use police equipment for their personal vehicles.

In a news release from the sheriff's office, Sheriff Scott Walton says in the in the recent past there have been several instances where law enforcement has found police style lighting in private automobiles.

"There's no reason for people to have red and blue lights in their private cars and there's a great potential for a lot of danger," said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton. "We're going to do everything we can to stop this kind of thing here in Rogers County."

Rogers County Sheriff's deputies will begin citing drivers for using lights in private autos and confiscating the vehicle for evidentiary purposes.

Emergency lights are widely available over the Internet and at police and emergency supply stores.

Sheriff Walton said that police impersonators are particularly dangerous.

"We've seen it in the past and there's been a lot of victims fall prey to these criminals," Walton said. "The deputies are aware of the safety concern of the public and, unless it's absolutely necessary, law enforcement officers in unmarked vehicles won't normally try to pull someone over for a traffic offense in a dark secluded area."

Anyone who questions the validity of a car trying to pull them over should stay calm and only pull over in a well lit, public place.      

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