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Is that a 2015 Toyota Camry or a police car behind you? Yes.

Have you ever wondered why the police are polite enough to always drive the same three models so we can spot them a mile away. What if Camrys were police cars?


The photo atop our story caught our attention for a number of reasons. First, there is a great story about the car. A local Toyota dealership donated a brand-new 2015 Toyota Camry to the local police department. The car was donated to celebrate Heroes’ day. In addition to giving away the car, Toyota of Scranton also threw a big bash to honor every police officer, firefighter, first responder, EMS and their families.

Then the wheels (in our head) started turning and we realized that if the police used Camrys, the most common car on the road today, it sure would be a lot harder to spot them coming up behind us in traffic, or any situation where one might be keeping a sharp eye out for the law. Any hot-shoe car nut develops a muscle twitch in their right leg that involuntarily lifts one’s foot at the sight of a ‘Crown Vic, Charger, or Ford Explorer. If said car has a ski rack that twitch turns into full autonomous braking. If Camrys were police cars, we’d never get anywhere in a hurry.

And why not a Camry police car? Is a Camry less American in some way than any other police vehicle? Sure, Toyota started in Japan, but Chargers are made by a company whose name starts with Fiat (sort of). After all, the Camry is often cited as being the car with the most American content. It is made in Kentucky and Indiana. What would you think of a Camry police car in your town?


Mark Day (not verified)    May 11, 2015 - 12:49PM

To add to the coffers, our uniformed tax collectors (police) now use, radar, laser, airplanes, pacing, motorcycles, and civil asset forfeiture, to enhance their income through motorists. Best idea: some towns have decided to privatize police departments to lower costs and return to the idea of fighting crime rather than enhancing revenue. That is more desirable than giving more means (free Camry's) for further harassment.

Meghan Lennox (not verified)    May 12, 2015 - 10:01PM

Great article! The funny thing is it actually IS from Toyota of Scranton in Pennayslvania, home of The Office and Dunder Mifflin.

Ben B (not verified)    June 4, 2015 - 6:46PM

This took place in Scranton Pennsylvania, home of the fictional paper company made famous on The Office, not in Ohio. You should fact check before you post an article for all of the world to see.