Last month, officials from the city of Riverside announced that they will not be repainting some of their unmarked police vehicles back to the standard black and white. The idea was discussed at department meetings after City Councilman Mike Soubirous, who happens to be a retired California Highway Patrol officer, questioned why city police have more unmarked cars than marked vehicles. Out of the Riverside PD’s 345-vehicle fleet, 124 cars are marked, 195 are unmarked, and others are specialized vehicles.
Police chief Sergio Diaz has reportedly claimed cost to be a primary determining factor. It would cost $2.6 million to convert unmarked cars to marked ones, and he did not believe having more visible police cars would deter crime. The City Council did not dispute the Riverside PD and will not be taking any action.
It is Legal for Police to Use Unmarked Vehicles to Give Out Traffic Citations