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ISP not committed to Dodge Chargers if unmarked car plan passes

ISP not committed to Dodge Chargers if unmarked car plan passes

Dustin Hurst
February 8, 2016
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February 8, 2016

The Idaho State Police might abandon the Dodge Charger as its vehicle of choice if the Idaho Legislature approves the agency’s request for unmarked patrol cars.

ISP Public Information Officer Teresa Baker told IdahoReporter.com Monday of its flexibility.

“We don’t have any definite plans for what type of vehicle we will utilize for unmarked cars as it will depend on what is available at the time,” Baker wrote in an email.

The agency typically uses Dodge Chargers for patrol activities, but the agency also deploys Chevrolet Suburbans and Silverados.

ISP wants lawmakers to give the agency the authority to use unmarked police cars to combat aggressive driving and the use of texting behind the wheel. A Senate panel introduced the plan last week, and will likely give it a full hearing before the end of next week.

The plan allows unmarked cars to make up to 10 percent of the agency’s patrol fleet. Idaho law already allows ISP officers to use unmarked cars for investigations.

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