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Connecticut State Police Cars Are the Weirdest

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author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2017

Here's something weird about Connecticut State Police cars: They're silver. And I don't mean that they're silver and adorned with all sorts of logos and insignia identifying them as police cars. I mean they're just silver. With no markings. This is true of every single Connecticut State Police car.

I discovered this recently when I was driving through Connecticut and saw several of these cars parked in medians or pulling drivers over on the side of the road. My initial thought was that Connecticut had recently commissioned a glut of unmarked vehicles that don't include any identifying marks, but it turns out that's how they all are. In fact, that's how Connecticut State Police vehicles have been for decades.

Interestingly, however, the cars aren't really unmarked. Sure, they're just silver sedans with no logos on the side, but they aren't exactly stealthy. I say this because every one of these cars uses a giant light bar on top -- just like a normal police car -- with "STATE POLICE" printed in front. So they're not really unmarked cars, unless you have absolutely no idea what you're looking for.

Although a little research hasn't revealed any good reason why Connecticut does this whole "silver sedans" thing, another interesting aspect of Connecticut's state police cars is that the troopers who drive them are allowed to take them home and even use them for personal business, which isn't the case in the vast majority of other states. Maybe troopers who take advantage of this policy don't want to drive around in a marked car all the time -- and so, the Connecticut State Police cars are silver. Just silver.

Regardless of the reason, just remember this: The next time you're driving through Connecticut, make sure the thing on top of that silver Ford is a ski rack and not a light bar, or you might find yourself pulled over by the Taurus you thought was a rental car heading to the Adirondacks.

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