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MD Cops Ignore Speed Cameras

Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:33 am

Well I hate to pick on our cops again but found this article interesting..........

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080308/..._on_fe_st/odd_speed_cameras_police
 
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RE: MD Cops Ignore Speed Cameras

Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:41 am

It's one thing to be responding to a call.. It's another thing to be racing to an area to get in a position to back someone up who has a habit of getting into fights, or stirring up serious shit. The whole responding to a call thing is kind of vague.

Maybe they were catching up to someone they wanted to try and coax into a traffic stop.

There are a lot of valid reasons for speeding that aren't reported to dispatch. There are also quite a few bad ones. How can we tell? We can't. A week later when the ticket arrives and the supervisor asks me what I was doing at 2:35am last Monday I highly doubt anyone would remember.

I say get rid of speed cameras all together. I believe everyone should have a sporting chance to speed and run stop signs and speed cameras only exist to make money.
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RE: MD Cops Ignore Speed Cameras

Sun Mar 09, 2008 8:37 am

So the union says the county should pay for the fines. That means the citizens are paying for the mistakes of these cops? Sure they do it when cops get in legal trouble (shootings), but if the cop has no reason to be speeding, he shouldn't be, and should pay these fines.

When I was in high school, waiting at a bus stop to go home, I noticed a police car approach a light about to turn red. He turned on his lights and siren, proceeded through the light just after it turned red, and switched them off again. Completely unacceptable behavior.
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RE: MD Cops Ignore Speed Cameras

Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:58 pm



Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 2):
When I was in high school, waiting at a bus stop to go home, I noticed a police car approach a light about to turn red. He turned on his lights and siren, proceeded through the light just after it turned red, and switched them off again. Completely unacceptable behavior.

Dispatch receives a silent hold-up alarm at a bank...or a report about a possible burglary in-progress...or worse, an active home invasion. Units on scene set up a wide perimeter, and request that all other enroute units approach without lights or sirens, so as to not tip off the suspects that their game is over. They follow the instructions, but still need to get through intersections safely and expeditiously...It could be a matter of life or death on the scene of the call if they don't.

Plausible? Absolutely. The call for no lights/sirens approaches happens almost everyday, whatever the reason may be, and there's probably more than a few people just like you who happen to witness it and think, "those damn cops are abusing their authority again, they should be ashamed".

Remember, it could be you inside that bank at the wrong time. Or worse, It could be your house they're in.

Will you be so quick to judge the actions you witnessed then?
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RE: MD Cops Ignore Speed Cameras

Sun Mar 09, 2008 4:14 pm



Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 3):
Will you be so quick to judge the actions you witnessed then?

I've seen it happen myself when I've had my scanner in the car. The guy was on his lunch break. Doesn't happen often, but don't be so quick to dismiss such behavior.

This is the problem in any position where there are little checks on a lot of power. The misdeeds of some make everyone look bad when the power is taken advantage of.
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RE: MD Cops Ignore Speed Cameras

Sun Mar 09, 2008 4:56 pm



Quoting Newark777 (Reply 4):
I've seen it happen myself when I've had my scanner in the car. The guy was on his lunch break. Doesn't happen often, but don't be so quick to dismiss such behavior.

No doubt that it happens, but people tend to automatically write off what they witness as "abuse" until they discover it was for a legitimate reason. And nine times out of ten (at least in this area), such incidents requiring a "silent" approach don't even make the evening news.

By the way, I'm curious to know how you were able to connect a marked unit you happened to see going lights & siren through an intersection with a unit who was cleared for lunch via the radio...and be absolutely sure it was one in the same, not two different units headed in the same general direction with two different purposes. And yes, not all police activity goes across the same channel, or even across the radio, period, for that matter. Many special assignments of priority nature, especially those requiring confidentiality, aren't even broadcast.
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RE: MD Cops Ignore Speed Cameras

Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:33 pm



Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 3):
Dispatch receives a silent hold-up alarm at a bank...or a report about a possible burglary in-progress...or worse, an active home invasion. Units on scene set up a wide perimeter, and request that all other enroute units approach without lights or sirens, so as to not tip off the suspects that their game is over. They follow the instructions, but still need to get through intersections safely and expeditiously...It could be a matter of life or death on the scene of the call if they don't.

Thanks for giving a plausible reason. I hadn't known that previously.
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RE: MD Cops Ignore Speed Cameras

Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:02 pm



Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 5):
By the way, I'm curious to know how you were able to connect a marked unit you happened to see going lights & siren through an intersection with a unit who was cleared for lunch via the radio...and be absolutely sure it was one in the same, not two different units headed in the same general direction with two different purposes. And yes, not all police activity goes across the same channel, or even across the radio, period, for that matter. Many special assignments of priority nature, especially those requiring confidentiality, aren't even broadcast.

It's a small town, and I know a few of them. I heard him on the radio, and then he went right by me through the intersection.

We've only got one dispatch frequency and a TAC frequency that's never used. Not a lot goes on, and when it does, you hear them all going to Nextels.
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RE: MD Cops Ignore Speed Cameras

Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:54 pm



Quoting Newark777 (Reply 7):
It's a small town, and I know a few of them. I heard him on the radio, and then he went right by me through the intersection.

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