Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Paso Robles Police Vehicles

Most of us are familiar with police patrol cars -- the ones which stop to ticket us for traffic violations and the ones that whiz by us on the road as they rush to the scene of an accident or a crime. Most of us don't see the more specialized police vehicles unless we are at one of those scenes or see them on television. Last year I had the opportunity to see several of the Paso Robles Police vehicles during events the police department sponsored for the community. 

Paso Robles Police Vehicles
The Police Car You Don't Want to See Behind You With Flashing Lights On, © B. Radisavljevic

National Night Out

National Night Out is observed by communities all over the country as a way to promote understanding and cooperation between the police and the citizens in a community. The second one ever in which the Paso Robles Police Department participated was held on August 4, 2015. It is usually held on the second Tuesday of August. The department hosted a block party in front of the police department and had most of its police vehicle types on display, even some I did not get a chance to photograph. The public was allowed to inspect them, something the children enjoyed the opportunity to do. Here are some of them. 

Paso Robles Police Vehicles
Police K-9 Car and Swat/Rescue Vehicle, © B. Radisavljevic

Paso Robles Police Vehicles
A Closer Look at the Swat Rescue Vehicle,  © B. Radisavljevic

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Paso Robles Police Vehicles on Display,  © B. Radisavljevic

Heroes on Display

I had another opportunity to see police vehicles up close at an event for children who had  been participating in the library's summer reading event. I had gone to the library and noticed all kinds of emergency vehicles parked along 11th Street, next to the library. Curious person that I am, I had to check it out. 

It seems that the children had been reading about firefighters, park rangers, police officers, and others who respond to people in emergency situations. The city wanted to give the children the opportunity to meet some of these heroes up close and ask them about their work. The vehicles got their attention. One of the most popular was the K-9 unit below. 

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Paso Robles Police K-9 Unit on Display,  © B. Radisavljevic

Of course, no K-9 unit is complete without its canine officer. 

Paso Robles Police Vehicles
Paso Robles Police K-9 Police Dog on Display,  © B. Radisavljevic

Police Vehicles in Your Neighborhood

Most of us don't mind seeing police patrol cars cruising our neighborhoods, since we know they are keeping watch to protect us. What we don't want is to find them parking along the street, because then it is probably because a crime has been committed or someone is in trouble. No one really welcomes a visit from the coroner, for example, or wants to hear the police knocking on their door in the middle of the night when they know they have done nothing wrong. 

We see police cars most frequently in our neighborhood when there has been a robbery. They are there because we call them. I had to call them when my house was burglarized one day. Only a day or two later another house was burglarized and I saw this car in front of it. The supervisor comes out only if something needs his or her opinion when officers are already responding to a call. 

Paso Robles Police Vehicles
Paso Robles Police Supervisor's Vehicle,  © B. Radisavljevic

How many police vehicles have played a part in your life?

 Motorcycle Policeman on Duty, 1923. Vintage Photo Poster

Do you like vintage vehicles? I find it interesting to look back at older police vehicles and see how they have changed through the years. They are featured here on Zazzle posters and postcards. Just click on images for a closer view.

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