The Arkansas State Police has deployed 24 low-profile patrol cars to help troopers blend into traffic and hopefully observe more violations.
State police debuted the new fleet of vehicles Wednesday.
“Experience has demonstrated that flagrant violators typically are scanning traffic looking for the common markings of an Arkansas State Police patrol car,” Major J.R. Hankins, commander of the Highway Patrol Division, said in the agency’s release. “Simply stated, we’re trying to change what a violator might be looking for and be in a better position to document the violation before initiating the traffic stop.”
The low-profile vehicles do not have exterior emergency lighting and only have police markings on the passenger side, although the vehicles are equipped the same as conventional units.
Each of the 12 troops received two of the low-profile vehicles, all of different colors, to use in addition to its conventional units, the state police release states.
The vehicles were funded by a grant received from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Although this is not a new venture for the state police, officials say this is the largest deployment of low-profile patrol cars at a single time.