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Covert operations: RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador using specialty cars to slow down bad driving behaviour

RCMP N.L. Traffic Services announced they had added two new specialty police cars to its fleet to target dangerous driving behaviours in Newfoundland and Labrador.
RCMP N.L. Traffic Services announced they had added two new specialty police cars to its fleet to target dangerous driving behaviours in Newfoundland and Labrador.

There are undercover police officers. Now, the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador have what can be described as undercover police cars.

That's because a couple of new specialty cruisers have been added to the police force's provincial fleet to aid in the effort to curtail dangerous driving.

The RCMP says it should be harder to spot the vehicles, which are equipped with subdued decals, hidden antennas and unique lights and sirens, all designed to help catch speeders off-guard.



RCMP Const. Kurt Russell stands beside one of the police force’s new specialized “covert” cars Thursday at RCMP headquarters in St. John’s. The RCMP’s B Division recently added two of the cars to its fleet for use by NL Traffic Services. The modified Ford Sedan Police Interceptors are not the ghost cars the public might be used to seeing. They’ve been outfitted with special features such as hidden antennas, subdued decals, and unique lights and sirens, which will enable police officers to target dangerous drivers. — Joseph Gibbons
RCMP Const. Kurt Russell stands beside one of the police force’s new specialized “covert” cars Thursday at RCMP headquarters in St. John’s. The RCMP’s B Division recently added two of the cars to its fleet for use by NL Traffic Services. The modified Ford Sedan Police Interceptors are not the ghost cars the public might be used to seeing. They’ve been outfitted with special features such as hidden antennas, subdued decals, and unique lights and sirens, which will enable police officers to target dangerous drivers. — Joseph Gibbons

Sgt. David Ossinger, the officer in charge of N.L. RCMP Traffic Services, said the cars give "officers an advantage of allowing them to get a little closer to a violating driver.

"This increases the possibility of gathering more information to issue traffic tickets where warranted and, hopefully, curb bad driving behavior."

One of the new covert cars is already in service in the Holyrood area.

Sgt. Matthew Christie said police have already been able to increase enforcement activity with the new vehicle.



The "covert" cars' special features are designed to help RCMP officers to proactively target dangerous behaviour including speeding, distracted driving and lack of seatbelt use. — Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
The "covert" cars' special features are designed to help RCMP officers to proactively target dangerous behaviour including speeding, distracted driving and lack of seatbelt use. — Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

"In many instances, vehicles have passed our covert car while travelling more than 151 km/h. These drivers were immediately pulled over, had their licenses suspended, and their vehicles impounded."

The two modified Ford Interceptors were developed by Joe Dowden, vehicle installer for RCMP N.L.

The police said the first car already received positive comments from the public.

The second car will be put into service at a later date in another location in the province.


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