Because it's sometimes unnerving to get pulled over by a real unmarked patrol car, some police and safety advocates are calling for fleet services to do a better job of making ex-patrol cars more civilian-ized. While there are good reasons for wanting a used cop car (you might be on a "Mission from God"), there are also a couple of less-than-noble motives. Former King County Sheriff Pat Jones has been pushing the state lege to make the change, but so far the law hasn't passed.
The renewed interest in the bill comes after two different men were arrested in separate incidents for impersonating police officers in Washington last week. As with most things government-related, the balance is between cost (labor to remove everything) and benefit (people not able to impersonate cops). [Seattle PI]