Transportation Theme: Government Surplus, Sold To The Highest Bidder

Before and after Police Car

In 2020 a shooter killed 24 people and eluded Canadian RCMP for hours until they realized;

The killer was using a decommissioned police vehicle.”

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The photo above is self-explanatory. It shows a Surplus Police Car at a legitimate auction house being sold to the public and one still operated by a local police force. As you can see very few changes have to be made to make it look like the real deal.

This Is A Changing New World Folks And There Are People Out There Up To No Good. I propose a change in the system.

A long-time truck mechanic by trade and an auction junky by night, I know what I’m talking about.

This story could be about the Nova Scotia, Canada shooting but it’s not. It’s about what the killer used that’s in question and, in part, could’ve been prevented.

As far back as I can recollect decommissioned or Surplus Police Cars were being sold at selected car auctions around the country. Even back then I remember saying, “Why do they sell these vehicles to the public? They should be dismantled and sold for scrap iron” But that was an easy thing for me to say back then, what really did I know at that age. Why at the age of 15 would I wonder about such silly things?

Seen Through My Eyes I believe then and still today “Surplus Police Cars Should NOT Be Resold” to the public.

However, in today’s world selling Surplus Police Cars are still the norm. But as far as surplus police uniforms, there seem to be mixed rules on whether you can or can not buy them as well as identifying badges.

Question is:

My question is, why would the general public want such a thing unless they’re up to no good, like impersonating a police officer. Which is, by the way, “illegal.” “Well, they are reasonably cheap to buy.” But, under the right conditions like the photos shown above, they could still be used by anyone for alternative reasons.  With a cleaned-up and re-decal surplus police car, people can be fooled into thinking it’s the real deal.

Police impersonators are totally possible and could be happening in your area, which is a scary thought.  And probably without your knowledge!

But after saying that about the resold police cruisers, they made good Taxis and hot rods. New owners buy them and dress them up like old police cars for classic show-and-shine car events.   And as a young person full of hellary, it was fun to get beside your unexpected buddy and turn the lights on and the siren roaring. Pullover buddy as you’re yelling through the loudspeaker!

But that was way —- back —-then!

 Today is a different world.

Now I’ll Get A Few Opinions On This Part Of The Story, But Once A Police Car, Always A Police Car.

Police Cars have an aura around them and you can’t see it, you can’t put your finger on it and it’s most likely a figment of a person’s imagination. But you know it was a police car in a different lifetime. Even after re-painting them, you can spot them. There is just something different about them.

This is why I am a firm believer that police cars should go by way of uniforms or the “doe-doe bird.” “Not Sold To The Public.” Send them offshore, scrap them, use them as good parts cars, anything but being resold for highway use.

Now You’re Wondering Where This Canadian Is Going With This Story.

To prove my point about surplus police cars here is an alarming story that started off with the title.

There was a gun shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada in April of 2020 that killed 24 people. The shooter was dressed like a cop, driving a vehicle resembling a Police Cruiser. He evaded the Nova Scotia police department until they caught on to what he was driving.

A decommissioned police cruiser was bought from a legitimate surplus auction house!

The repercussions of selling surplus police cars at auction houses go way beyond a cheap vehicle to buy. If you take the government surplus police anything out of the equation it could bring back the sense of public security in law enforcement.

After that gun tragedy in Nova Scotia ended and the bad guy was caught, there were police car look-a-likes. Copy-cats playing with people’s heads.

After that day the general public was reluctant in stopping for any legitimate police pullover. Not knowing whether the officer was who he says he was.

Guaranteed through the years, there have been many law enforcement want-a-bees pulling over drivers just for the fun of it. And for a very good reason, these incidents are not reported to the public!

Ban All Sales Of Police Cars, Surplus Law Enforcement Related Anything. 

Extra note from “Nova Scotia Gun Shooting.”

In that same Canadian province, they’ve passed a law banning all sales of decommissioned cop cars. When these vehicles need replacing they will most likely be going to a boneyard for dismantling or to the smelting pot to make a new Toyota Tundra.

The proposed law and change would also outlaw the possession of anything that could be used by someone who is not an officer to try to pass themselves off as one.

Justice Randy Delorey, a Canadian Provincial Politician called it the most comprehensive law of its kind in Canada.

In short, he means, it’s illegal for anyone in the province to create or sell used police vehicles, uniforms and equipment. “The province of Nova Scotia Canada has banned all sales of surplus police.  Reselling Surplus Police Cars is now a thing of the past.

Last thought, this is only “Seen Through My Eyes” and, only my opinion!

I would like to think they read my first article and took the warning, but it was published way before the mass shooting in Nova Scotia. But as of today, “the new law is in place,” Reselling Surplus Police Cars and, that’s a good thing.

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