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N.C. Sheriff Adds Discreet 'Ghost' Patrol Cars

April 20, 2017

The Union County Sheriff's Office in Monroe, N.C. has added four low-profile patrol cars featuring what it calls "ghost graphics." The agency is adding two white cars with white graphics and two black cars with black graphics, which will be visible at night but blend into the vehicle during the daytime.

A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office told WCNC that the Sheriff's Office hopes this helps deputies better enforce traffic laws during the daytime, especially on busy highways where drivers will usually slow down once they see a patrol car. The vehicles were purchased using the agency's regular replacement funds.


  1. 1. Austin [ April 21, 2017 @ 09:07AM ]

    By their own admission "drivers will usually slow down once they see a patrol car", which acts as a deterrent to speeding. This proves they're more interested in ticket revenue than public safety.

  2. 2. Mike [ April 27, 2017 @ 04:00PM ]

    I'd first like to weigh in on the revenue comments. I work for an agency of approximately two hundred officers. In our jurisdiction the revenue from tickets go to maintain the county courts, state and county software, domestic violence and a host of other things. Very little of the revenue actually goes to our city and none of that is a pass through to the police so at least, for us, there is no monetary benefit for writing tickets. I am well aware that other communities do receive substantial revenue. We are not one of those.

    We do find benefit in having several low profile and unmarked vehicle which enhance public safety. Some of the biggest killers on the road are people talking and texting on the phone as well as seat belt violations. An unmarked vehicle is so much more effective in these types of enforcement.


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