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"Unmarked Squad Cars"


Question: Is it legal for local police or highway patrol to make regular traffic stops with an unmarked vehicle (no markings at all) or does the vehicle have to have some kind of markings?

Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol has 15 unmarked squad cars operated by troopers whose primary job function is road patrol. Per state statue, these unmarked patrol cars are required to have a door shield (MSP decal). Key words in the statute are "primary function." 

 Our other unmarked patrol units may not have a decal on them as our district investigators, vehicle crime unit, State Capitol area troo...

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