On Monday, we were passed by a Ramsey County Sheriff’s SUV painted black, but without the white side panels clearly displaying what it was. Instead the entire vehicle was painted black and the identification was in a slightly lighter variation or matted.
This is a technique that has been in use elsewhere in the nation, but it’s our first sighting of the paint job.
We have an inquiry into the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office to learn how many of these vehicles on the road, but haven’t as yet learned the number. This hiding in plain sight is not the type of deterrent a more highly visible law enforcement presence affords, but Sheriff’s rarely pull people over for traffic stops, they leave that to the local police and the state patrol.