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Old 09-24-2021, 3:34 AM
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You're welcome sir. Those are fond memories that predate the opening of the Lakewood Station. Bob worked out of Norwalk before Lakewood opened in 59.

During most of Bob's early days in Paramount. There were still more cows than people in the City. And more "Drive through Dairies" than any town in the US.

Elementary schools had fences to keep the young'ns from wandering off. But the only fences at the High School and Junior High were around the athletic fields, So balls didn't get kicked into traffic. We rode bicycles and home made steel wheeled skateboards in the halls on week ends.

And nobody worried about vandalism. Because it hadn't been invented yet.
Very cool, man growing up back then sounded awesome. I live in Lakewood, and wow to think that just a little over 60 years ago how different the city/everything was. Makes me wish I was alive back then, ahhh the good old days right?
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Old 09-24-2021, 7:32 AM
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I went through the SDPD Academy in 1981. We were driving Dodge Aspen, Ford Fairmont, Dodge Ram Charger, ford Bronco. I even got to drive a Turbo Volvo for a week. That one didn't last long.

Then vehicles to follow were, Ford LTD, Ford LTD II. Then Ford Crown Vic. I left one year before the Ford SUV showed up.
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Old 09-24-2021, 4:18 PM
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Very cool, man growing up back then sounded awesome. I live in Lakewood, and wow to think that just a little over 60 years ago how different the city/everything was. Makes me wish I was alive back then, ahhh the good old days right?
Yes Sir. I fondly remember the vehicles, and the SENSE OF COMMUNITY.

When "US v THEM" was; ... when Law Abiding Citizens, Police, DA's and Courts were all on the same side as "US".

And "THEM" was only the criminals.



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Old 09-24-2021, 6:52 PM
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Yes Sir. I fondly remember the vehicles, and the SENSE OF COMMUNITY.

When "US v THEM" was; ... when Law Abiding Citizens, Police, DA's and Courts were all on the same side as "US".

And "THEM" was only the criminals.



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Yeah for sure, I hear you.

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Old 09-26-2021, 11:07 AM
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Old 09-27-2021, 11:23 AM
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Looking at the old cars, it reminds me of the improvements that made life a whole lot easier.

Power windows meant that you could actually roll down the right side window and talk to someone without getting out of the car or leaning completely sideways to roll the window down. It was both a huge convenience and an officer safety improvement.

Having power door locks was huge. Between the power windows and the power door locks, it almost completely eliminated being caught out on the right side of the car following a traffic stop and being locked out of the right side. Access to the radio, shotgun, and open door for safety was now almost guaranteed.

When we would get an entire new fleet of 8 to 10 cars, all the cars came keyed alike. No more hunting for a particular set of keys for that particular car. Everyone had their own set of keys, and always carried a back up key for those times when the car needed to be left locked and running, or the odd times that you got locked out of it.

Finally, when they started allowing am radios in the cars, it opened up access to something to help stay awake on graveyard shifts. The only problem was that the only radio station powerful enough to be picked up mostly carried Art Bell’s show. If graveyard shift wasn’t weird enough, listening to Art Bell all night was enough to make you think you were going crazy. Then one of the stations started running the reruns of Rush Limbaugh’s show that day. That was a huge improvement, back when Rush was still really funny.
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XERB on the AM pocket radio on morning watch. Great chollo station, especially the dedications. Once we got MDTs in late 1981, AM radio was unlistenable due to interference.

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Old 09-28-2021, 7:30 AM
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Not LEO, but here’s an article from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) on the “Ten Greatest Police Cars”, with pix and write ups.
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It was a great car, except for that manual steering and the visibility out of the back window.

I don't think that I've ever driven a car that had the acceleration of that Dodge. I never had a pursuit in that car, but it sure would have been an experience.

The Aspen that replaced it was also a great car. It was Dodge's venture into the mini-car market to counter the Nova. It handled real well and had great visibility. It was the first car I drove that had the thick rimmed steering wheel and it felt real solid wrapping your fingers around it. The Polara had a skinny steering wheel that felt like soda straw.
Now if it was a 69 Polara with a 440 magnum...would need to keep it and restore it and have in front inside the office for display...all with working lights and original markings. It would be appreciated by all mopar fans. CHP did that.
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Old 10-03-2021, 8:57 PM
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Not LEO, but SAR volunteer. My Favorite was the 1980 LASO SAR Bronco. The one in 240 Roberts. When I was I kid I remember getting the plastic snap type model of it for Christmas. The one the county uses is an F350 which looks like a contractors truck.
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Remember when the County of Los Angeles only had vinyl seats?? Those seats were HOT with class A's!!!!!
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Old 10-04-2021, 1:47 PM
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Whoa a Volvo patrol car! Craziness! Ugly but I still dig it....
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Old 10-05-2021, 11:04 AM
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1980 I rotated out of custody and onto patrol. Some Dodge 440 that was a rocket! Problem was it was really loud and everyone for blocks knew you were in the area from the rumbling sound. St Regis was a hunk of junk, Aspen (if I recall correctly) had handling problems. The Aspen's we had were white because it was cheaper than black & white. I remember we were looking at Checker Cab vehicles due to costs.

The Volvo from what I remember didn't make the cut for CHP due to transmission problems.
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Old 10-06-2021, 12:37 PM
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Old 10-06-2021, 12:54 PM
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“The Aspen's we had were white because it was cheaper than black & white”….Hahaha…I remember before I hired on my agency had the all white Aspens because they were cheaper.
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Old 10-08-2021, 12:31 PM
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Chevrolet Celebrity CHP and Long Beach PD
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Old 10-10-2021, 10:46 AM
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While I was on patrol, we had the last of the crown vics. LASD bought a ton in 2012. Since leaving the dept, many have been retired out and wrecked. Most of the stations are running the explorer now. The crown Vic was far superior and got much better fuel economy. If I didn’t drive around much for 16 hours, I could run a whole tank on the crown Vic in a double shift. The explorer would be low after 8 hours. Explorer had a built in radio and the crown vics got ripped out which was nice. The crown vics were nicer to nap in, so pick yourself poison. Lol
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Old 10-10-2021, 6:25 PM
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My favorite Crown Vic was the 1997.
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Old 10-11-2021, 11:19 AM
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Although all the patrol vehicles I drove were only Dodge products I thought the air conditioner was fantastic.
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Old 10-11-2021, 12:23 PM
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Late 80's Ford LTD
Ford Crown Vic
2006 Ford Taurus, detective car- an actual screamer
Ford SUV Interceptor (Explorer)
Chevy Tahoe
Dodge Charger
Ford F-150
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Old 10-13-2021, 5:03 PM
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Of the marked cars I've driven in somewhat of a chronological order:

Crown Vic just as they were getting phased out
Ford Expedition
Ford Taurus
Ford Explorer
Chevy Tahoe

Also drove a mid 2000s Ford Mustang GT and newer Ford F250 which were specialty vehicles. Pretty much the same stuff for us out in patrol. Getting the new Explorer Hybrids now too.
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