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  • From: Towson MD
60s Police Car Detail
Posted by gregbale on Sunday, November 15, 2020 7:22 AM

Some 60s-era police cars are described as having a shotgun case forward of the front bench seat. Anybody have any links to photos of the same? I've been able to find a variety of stand-up racks, but not this particular configuration, so far.

Thanks.

Greg

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, November 15, 2020 10:14 AM

Are you referring to the vertical one installed against the dash board or the horizontal type installed against the base of the bench seat? 

The vertical type was actually in use thru the early 90’s until the “shamu” style Caprice Classic was introduced. I was always afraid I was gonna eat the shotgun in a crash when I was working as the “bookman” because it was installed on the right side of the drivetrain hump. I don’t know if I have any photos of them or not, but aside from not having a remote button, and the lock itself, it was very close in appearance to the current type.

 

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, November 15, 2020 11:42 AM

Thanks for your reply, Stik.

I'm talking about the horizontal version against the base of the bench seat. I can't quite wrap my head around how such an arrangement could work with the hump.

FWIW, I'm also puzzled that it is described (in several separate accounts) specifically as a 'case' rather than a rack. That seems a fair bit of structure to be putting down there, unless it was somehow built into the seat itself.

Thanks again.

Greg

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, November 15, 2020 9:02 PM

I’ve seen it on one of the old radio cars in our department museum, but I remember none of the details of it. That info aside, they were dangerous. A reserve deputy at my station, years before I was assigned there, was killed because of one of those racks. We would do a memorial service for her, as we did for all fallen station personnel, on the anniversary of her death every year.

 

https://www.odmp.org/officer/14510-reserve-deputy-sheriff-constance-ellen-worland

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, November 16, 2020 6:14 PM

Here is one that I found online doing an image search. Don’t know how long this design has been around.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 5:51 AM

Wow!

Thanks, Stik, for your pesistence. I really appreciate the help.

Thanks also for linking to the memorial page for Reserve Deputy Worland. Her service deserves to be remembered and honored. In a career where the 'accepted' day-to-day risks are so high, its particularly tragic to be lost to such an accident. Thanks for sharing her story.

Greg

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 7:37 AM

Hi;

 This brings back memories. Four years in the driver's seat, Reserve Traffic Officer. Never had that happen in our Department, But, I was proud to serve my community. Reserves never seemed to have the problems Traffic stops generate today. Society has changed and NOT for the better in some ways!

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