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Texas State Law Inforcement

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by dogchild, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. dogchild


    Apr 17, 2011
    Driving from Ft Worth to Odessa Sunday afternoon, out west of Sweetwater
    I was driving 75 mph when a large white Suburban passed me, On the side it said (Texas State Law Enforcement) and that was all it said, any ideas what Department this is?
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011
  2. Kuroineko


    Oct 23, 2001
    Do you remember what type of license plates it was bearing?

  3. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

    Jun 30, 2004
    Unmarked Rustbox
    I've never heard or seen such a thing. I call whacker.
  4. acpd541


    Aug 11, 2004
    My google-fu and wiki search of TX law enforcement agencies didn't turn up anything either.
  5. Gangrel


    Oct 12, 2007
    Since we have about a billion different law enforcement agencies it wouldn't surprise me in the least.
  6. packsaddle


    Jan 15, 2009
    the fact it read "Texas State" instead of "State of Texas" is noteworthy.

    could be Texas State University, but I doubt it.
  7. indigent

    indigent Bamboozled

    Jul 2, 2005
    You are not cleared to know about that agency. That's a double secret probation level answer. Do not ask anymore questions.
  8. TheGreatGonzo

    TheGreatGonzo Clown Hunter

    Jan 19, 2003
    Lost in thought...
    Well, I would be suspicious of any vehicle that has "Law Inforcement" written on the side. :rofl:
  9. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    I've seen some marked "bail recovery" vehicles with ambiguous graphics, but never anything that overtly whackerish...or maybe moreso because of the ambiguity.
  10. SCSU74

    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

    Jul 24, 2010
    The Northwoods
    probably the cartel
  11. dogchild


    Apr 17, 2011
    Texas plates, I'm guessing it had something to do with being so close to the border, but dont really know
  12. Hack

    Hack Crazy CO Gold Member

    Official Texas plates, or POV Texas plates?
  13. The words "Law Enforcement" does not establish it as an official police vehicle. For it to be considered a police vehicle it MUST have the words: Police, Sheriff, Constable, Department of Public Safety, Railroad Commission, Alcohol Beverage Commission, and there are some more that slip my mind at the moment.
  14. Fallout

    Fallout County Mountie

    Sep 26, 2004
    Actually it does not have to bear any insignia to be considered an "Official Police Vehicle".

    The marking requirement comes into play with case law regarding certain Penal Code offenses requiring Official Police Vehicles to be marked for it to be considered an offense such as Evading Arrest Using a Motor Vehicle Etc. Licensing also comes into play such as when you apply for Exempt plates on a Vehicle. You are only allowed to place Exempt license plates on "Officially marked vehicles which can apply to Any government entity whether it be the Sewer department or Fire department.

    That being said it is most likely a "Demo Vehicle" for lighting or other equipment which is lent to law enforcement agencies to test out equipment.

    When the Dodge Chargers first came out Whelen was pimping all of their Dodge specific lighting packages and loaning out a Charger only inscribed with "Whelen Law Enforcement" on the sides in the DFW area. I dont know how many times I saw that thing running the roads around the DFW area. I remember receiving several calls about a police impersonator and it turned out to be the demo car. (We had several real imposters running around pulling folks over that had received quite a bit of media attention at the time.)

    The transportation code allows for an Agency head to allow the use of privately owned and non-governmental owned vehicles for official purposes which includes running Emergency Lighting Sirens etc in your POV if your Chief/Sheriff authorizes it. Several guys at my agency have old crown vics decked out with lights and Generic Police or Sheriff lettering as they work off duty jobs shutting down traffic on interstates or for other road construction projects and TXDOT requires the Emergency Lighting as apart of the contracts they issue to the Construction Firms.

    I used to make fun of them until I realized the money these gigs payed. Now I pay to rent a car from one of them when I get one of the shifts since I dont do it enough to justify the expense of getting my own.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2011
  15. steveksux

    steveksux Massive Member

    Jul 12, 2007
    He might be a wacker. Don't talk to him just in case.... :whistling:

  16. ArsonCop

    ArsonCop Who Knows.....

    Apr 15, 2001
    DFW Texas
    It maybe an off-duty police officer that works a side job of traffic control on highway construction jobs like they do in the Fort Worth area. Some of these officers either use their personal vehicles decked out with lights and magnetic POLICE markings or private barricade company vehicles that appear to be previous patrol units.

    I pulled up on one while on duty one day and thought he was a Fort Worth PD officer until I noticed that all the lights on his car did not correspond with a Fort Worth unit. Turns out he was off-duty from another agency in the next county wearing their uniform, etc but in a traffic barricade company vehicle.

    Hell I was jealous of all the LED's he had in his car, put my dept unit to shame big time.
  17. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

    Dec 18, 2004
    San AntonioTexas
    That would be my guess.
  18. Did it have "EXEMPT" plates or not?

    One sure fire way at least in TX if its legit.

    I have taught my daughters that they are not to stop if attempted to be pulled over by anything that does not have "EXEMPT" plates.
  19. Kuroineko


    Oct 23, 2001

    My first thought given the area the OP saw the vehicle is was some sort of republic of TX whackjob.
  20. dogchild


    Apr 17, 2011
    Not sure didnt notice, it passed at a pretty high rate of speed, i was just trying to make since of what it said on the door.
    I've been working in Odessa for the last 5 weeks and make that drive twice a week,
    I'm going back out Sunday afternoon, If i see it again I'll take more notice, and post more info.