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Police Phantom car has 'impact'

Police Phantom car has 'impact'

02/24/04


Is that a police car ahead? Better slow down.


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Even if an officer isn't sitting inside the car, the mere presence of a black-and-white cruiser can have an impact, police officials say.

The Hillsboro Police Department has created such an impact for five years with its "phantom car," a mid-1990s Ford Crown Victoria cruiser which officers park in areas with speeding complaints.

"When we have reported problems, we can't always be there physically," said Lt. Kerry Aleshire. "To have a car in the area, even without an officer, has an impact. People slow down, making it safer for citizens.

"We try to mostly keep it neighborhood-driven, for people who are concerned about traffic in their neighborhoods," he continued. "It's a tool we use to treat that safer feeling ɠI do know, when I talk to people about their traffic concerns, I'll tell them this is a tool we have and they're appreciative. It shows we're making an effort."

In the last week, officers have placed the car on Northeast Lenox Street, Northeast Sixth Avenue and at the Hillsboro Central MAX station off Southeast Washington Street.

Citizens can ask for the car to visit their neighborhood by calling the police department's traffic hotline at 503-615-3434 and asking to speak to Aleshire.
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and I think this is the car :-)
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