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Old 12-17-2006, 08:25   #1
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Indiana State Police - unmarked Dodge Charger cruisers

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Old 12-17-2006, 19:08   #2
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As a member of the Indiana State Police, that is the first I have heard of them. That would be cool though!
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Old 12-17-2006, 21:18   #3
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As a member of the Indiana State Police, that is the first I have heard of them. That would be cool though!
Well they have been using them on the Toll Road the last few months. I travel it from the Skyway to I-69 daily and they seem to working quite hard.Now the last few weeks they have been using the Crown Vics marked and unmarked.Maybe they were being tested or something but they really caught alot off guard.
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Old 12-18-2006, 05:04   #4
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I would like to see one all striped out! Super Cool!

I will check on this today by calling the ISP garage.
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Old 12-18-2006, 06:09   #5
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I have seen them on I-65 between Lafayette and Indianapolis (Clinton and Boone County).

Wasn't Rich Kelly driving one when he got hurt (the last time)?
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Old 12-18-2006, 10:55   #6
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Well they have been using them on the Toll Road the last few months. I travel it from the Skyway to I-69 daily and they seem to working quite hard.Now the last few weeks they have been using the Crown Vics marked and unmarked.Maybe they were being tested or something but they really caught alot off guard.
A few years ago the ISP used an Indiana highway department P/U truck like an F 150 out of the Terre Haute post. The Terre Haute paper had a couple page long article with several pics on it. Al kind of people (the ones that got caught) were crying about that not being fair etc. I thought it was pertty funny.
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Old 12-18-2006, 13:00   #7
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Even the fully-marked trucks throw me. There's apparently a decked-out F-150 in Sullivan county that I didn't notice until he lit someone up. I get so accustomed to looking for the crown vic profile that I completely miss everything else. I'm going to have so much trouble when everyone switches to Chargers.

I also saw an unmarked Escalade once in Gibson county. That was a shock.
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Old 12-18-2006, 17:17   #8
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I got busy today and forgot to call the garage.

Some of the unmarks attributed to us (ISP) are other agencies ie. Gibson County Sheriffs Department.
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Old 12-18-2006, 20:13   #9
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Is ISP going back to white cars and away from the Purdue motif?
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Old 12-18-2006, 23:45   #10
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Is ISP going back to white cars and away from the Purdue motif?
I have seen 1 White Crown Vic working the western part of the toll road the past few weeks too.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:52   #11
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I've been told the black ISP cars are more "intimidating."
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A few years ago the ISP used an Indiana highway department P/U truck like an F 150 out of the Terre Haute post. The Terre Haute paper had a couple page long article with several pics on it. Al kind of people (the ones that got caught) were crying about that not being fair etc. I thought it was pertty funny.
I saw someone pulled over by that vehicle on I-70 when they were using it. I'm guessing the driver was surprised with the ISP officer got out in his uniform!
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:16   #13
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Dodge Chargers

The NC State Highway Patrol recently purchased some of the Chargers and marked them for patrol. Here's a pic.
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I've been told the black ISP cars are more "intimidating."
I've always really liked their black scheme. Somehow, it seems to add to the image that the State Police try to project (from what I can see). I've always been very impressed with it. I hear a lot of people joke about local officers but I don't think I've ever heard anyone say something negative (other than those who got a ticket) about State Police troopers. That's also coming from a college environment,where there's a lot of false bravado floating around. It may not always appear so, but I guarantee you that the image works.
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The State also has black Mustangs running around up north.

Last week I saw an ISP Crown Vic in white with the blue arrow/stripe. I heard from my local Ford dealer that Ford gave the ISP a deal so good they couldn't pass it up.
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Old 12-19-2006, 14:20   #16
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Re: Dodge Chargers

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The NC State Highway Patrol recently purchased some of the Chargers and marked them for patrol. Here's a pic.
I am visiting NC, Biscoe has one marked.
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Old 12-20-2006, 23:32   #17
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Is ISP going back to white cars and away from the Purdue motif?
I've seen 2 now running around the area. Looked like everything that was gold on the black ones is now blue. One of them was here on campus . . . maybe some training thing? They were parked in front of the door to our pool.

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I've always really liked their black scheme.
Same here. At least I like them better than the white/yellow that I got used to growing up in IL.
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Old 12-22-2006, 05:11   #18
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I was at the ISP garage yesterday. No one had seen or heard of any chargers as unmarked cruisers. The Major was busy and I didn't want to bug him.

Sorry guys, I cant confirm or deny.
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Old 12-22-2006, 09:53   #19
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Well I can say I have seen them on the Toll Road. Thats all I know because I watch for them.
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I wasn't arguing. I am a Trooper from Southern Indiana. We don't get news even about our own dept as fast as they do up north. The Toll road has different rules than other districts because of the extra funds available to them to patrol the Toll Road. What you said is quite possible, but I thought I would check with the men in the ISP garage that build the cars. They couldn't say that they had worked on any. The Chargers may also be a limited experiment to test their viability as a marked, semi-marked or unmarked vehicle.

I would love to have a Charger as a patrol vehicle.
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Old 12-23-2006, 00:52   #21
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I wasn't arguing. I am a Trooper from Southern Indiana. We don't get news even about our own dept as fast as they do up north. The Toll road has different rules than other districts because of the extra funds available to them to patrol the Toll Road. What you said is quite possible, but I thought I would check with the men in the ISP garage that build the cars. They couldn't say that they had worked on any. The Chargers may also be a limited experiment to test their viability as a marked, semi-marked or unmarked vehicle.

I would love to have a Charger as a patrol vehicle.
Sorry didn't mean to sound that way. I understand what you are saying about the toll road and your district. Personally I think the Chargers look alot sharper then the Crown Vics and day. As far as performace goes I have no idea. I don't blame you for wanting one , my wife is starting to drop hints on what she would like to get this spring. Again sorry for sounding the wrong way, I didn't mean to offend you or anybody else.
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No problem. I wasn't offended. I thought I came across as argumentative. We are cool!
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No problem. I wasn't offended. I thought I came across as argumentative. We are cool!
Be careful what you wish for. In thirty years of policing I only ever had 1 new Dodge cruiser and it was a Diplomat. I loved that patrol car but it developed severe electrical problems during it's career. Caprice (my favorite) Crown Vic's, look like police cars but prefer the Caprice and don't even mention the Lumina - not a police car but that's what I finished up my career in. Would have been nice to have had a Trans Am, Mustang or Camaro but then that wouldn't have been the real world for a local yocal.

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Old 12-23-2006, 08:30   #24
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I saw an unmarked police charger at a Dodge dealership in Connersville recently. I don't know if it was an ISP car, though. It resembled that photo--all black w/ hideaway LEDs.
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Old 12-27-2006, 18:42   #25
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Two troopers dropped off an inmate. One had a Crown Vic. and the other a Camaro. I asked the one who drove the Crown Vic. how they determine who gets the Camaro's. He said "That guy would give a citation to his mother on Christmas." and laughed. Good sense of humor.
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