Ken Hiebert

Photographs from contributor Ken Hiebert. © All rights reserved.

  • WTF (Private)
    12 years 3 months ago
    AL - Alabama State Trooper
    You know what, stupid? At least this guy Ken Hiebert has made an effort to go back through all his old photographs and share them with the world. He could just as well have said "screw it, I'll keep them to myself" and avoid a$$bites like you from just throwing out a derogatory comment.

    This picture is pretty old. How do you know it's not faded or damaged? Consider too that this was long before digital cameras. You took a picture and it was much later that you discovered it was out of focus. By then, it was too late and you are stuck with what you got in the first place.

    My advice to you, if you can do better than everybody else, open up your own site. Until then, don't start leaving ignorant comments.
  • Hurely (Private)
    12 years 3 months ago
    AL - Alabama State Trooper
    Duhhhhhhhhhhhhh! was your lens out of focus or your brain???
  • wtf (Private)
    12 years 3 months ago
    LA - Louisiana State Police
    Yah, I can see that these cars would be hard to see at night, especially since they have no reflectors, no reflective graphics, no parking or head lights, no emergency equipment at all. In fact, NHTSA has just mandated that NO car can ever be manufactured with anything darker than a medium shade of color just so we can always see them at night.

    Do some of you people just sit around making this stuff up?
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    12 years 3 months ago
    LA - Louisiana State Police
    It had no bearing on safety. The blue cars were the current governor's / LSP admin's choice. When the powers that be changed, the new governor mandated a shift back to white. That is according to some cops who were there at the time.
  • jw (Private)
    12 years 3 months ago
    LA - Louisiana State Police
    I have read somewhere that they did not keep this color scheme very long because the cars were hard to see at night. They could have decided they wanted to stick with their tradition also. After all the public is used to seeing LSP drive the white cars with red and blue lettering.
  • yikes (Private)
    12 years 3 months ago
    LA - Louisiana State Police
    I think the idea was that the dark blue cars were harder to see at night or in poor weather. We await tater's next smarta** comment!
  • Tater (Private)
    12 years 3 months ago
    LA - Louisiana State Police
    "safety reasons"? That's interesting. I'd love to hear your spin on that. Should we be sending warnings to other police departments with dark blue cars? Do they explode? Melt? Freeze? Where is the danger? What about black cars? Please, tell me more...
  • jw (Private)
    12 years 3 months ago
    LA - Louisiana State Police
    It was ababdoned for safety reasons.
  • jh (Private)
    12 years 3 months ago
    LA - Louisiana State Police
    It's too bad the LSP abandoned this marking scheme. It looked much classier than the current red lettering on white scheme.
  • JD (Private)
    12 years 3 months ago
    TX - Weslaco Police
    That's what cruisers looked like when I started out. Boy am I getting old!
  • Ken (Private)
    12 years 3 months ago
    US US Army MP 5
    Just to clarify. They are not BOTH US Army. The Land Rover (the one with the spare on the hood) is British Royal Military Police. Both are parked by the inspection area at Checkpoint Charlie in W.Berlin (where Allied Forces vehicles leaving E. Berlin were searched-for people, and we did catch some).
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    Yup, Ken, you are right. I forgot to mention the British unit sitting here.

    Dave
  • Chris (Private)
    12 years 4 months ago
    TX - Texas Dept of Public Safety
    thank you for finally answering my question, whoever you are.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    12 years 4 months ago
    TX - Texas Dept of Public Safety
    First, LAPD went through a very tough budget problem where they didn't get new cars for years. The commission who studied the problems that led up to the King incident recommended that the city start properly funding their police once again. Prime examples were cars that were so old and raggedy that the window frames were barely attached to the doors. Or doors would just fall off when opened. And these were front line units. I seem to remember hearing that at the time, LAPD had not bought new cars in 10 years.

    After the recommendations, the city bought nearly a whole new fleet of Caprices.

    As for why you didn't see the new cars in the riots, I'm sure they took the ratty cars to the front line, since the order of the day was burn the cop cars.
  • jt (Private)
    12 years 4 months ago
    LA - Louisiana State Police
    finest police agency in the land
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    12 years 4 months ago
    NC - Greenville Police
    That's a 1982 you can tell by the front bumper and the emblems on the front fenders for the overdrive which was new.