The number of unmarked police cars grows as police departments all around the country attempt to catch more aggressive drivers.
They are known as “slick tops”– those with markings but no lights on top- ghost cars, stealth units or by CBers as “brown paper wrappers”.
The increased use of these vehicles have made it easier for criminals to impersonate officers. Which puts them in unique position to commit all sorts of crimes.
So what does a woman do when an unmarked police car attempts to stop you? These tips are from a police department.
First: Activate your four-way hazard lights to indicate compliance with the request. Do this first.
If you have a cell phone dial *911 and ask the dispatcher for verification that a legitimate officer is trying to pull you over. This number connects you directly to the state trooper dispatcher. This works in all 50 states- even if your keypad is locked! If you receive that verification you must immediately stop for the officer.
If you don’t have a cell phone and are uncertain, drive to the nearest public area with your hazard lights on.
If it is night, drive to a well lit area with your hazards on.
If the officer is in plainclothes you may request a uniformed officer respond to the scene.
When the officer approaches your car keep your doors locked and roll your window down enough to talk.
In some jurisdictions these vehicles are not allowed to make traffic stops. They have to call a black and white to make the stop.
Ask for photo ID and badge.
Of course, if you were not doing anything to break the law or be
suspicious you need to be even more weary. Keep these things in mind
when considering women's self defense.