Just curious, why do police cars park crooked behind a stopped car?

I have noticed that whenever I see a police car behind a vehicle they have pulled over, the police car is angled slightly toward the road. Anyone know why?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The two main reasons are:

    1. To give officers a little breathing space while preforming the traffic stop. Thanks to rubber neckers and drunks, a traffic stop is very dangerous for officers. When the officers is at the drivers side window talking to the person stopped, the officers car is offset, angled, and the wheels are turned to give the officer room to operate. The theory is if another car comes by that would strike the officer, the patrol car will absorb the impact and not the officer. The wheels are turned so that when the patrol car is struck, it will roll into the street and not become a second vehicle flying at the officer and the person detained. We also have to protect the people that are stopped from injury.

    2. To serve as protection form the occupants of the vehicle the officer has stopped. If they were to start shooting at the officer, it gives him more protection by placing the engine block between the officer and the offender vehicle. Bullets have a more difficult time penetrating the engine block then they do glass, sheet metal, fiberglass, etc..

    Source(s): 11 years Law Enforcement
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  • 3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1. To deflect any cars that might strike him.

    2. If the patrol car is struck from behind, it won't slam into the stopped violators car.

    3. Officer Safety issue.

    Source(s): 30+ years out here on the streets.
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  • 1 decade ago

    The wheels are turned toward traffic too. If they get rear ended the car should go out into the road and not directly into the person they have stopped and them.

    Source(s): California cop.
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  • 1 decade ago

    to give us a safe lane to walk up to the vehicle. it puts our car between the motoring public and us.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It makes the car's profile wider from the rear and easier to see (for those too blind or distracted to notice all the flashy lights).

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  • 1 decade ago

    1: to make his/her vehicle more noticable to upcoming traffic.

    2: to be able to use the front corner as a shield against bullets should the occupants of the stopped vehicle open fire against him.

    3: to be able to use the front corner as a shield against some dimwit driver coming up and clipping him as he's standing next to the stopped vehicl's driver-side window instead of safely giving room while passing.

    4: to allow for quicker access to the roadway should an occupant of the vehicle get out and begin to flee in a forward direction on foot and should the law-enforcement officer decide to pursue in the vehicle.

    5: so that if the stopped vehicle revs into reverse and rams the law-enforcement vehicle, it will be less-likely to be forced out into the roadway where it would then endanger passing other motorists.

    Wow.. it's a good thing you didn't have to depend upon those horribly-lacking answers from self-proclaimed badge-bearers, huh?

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  • SGT. D
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    1 decade ago

    Its so the Officer can use the side of his vehicle for cover in case he is fired upon.

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  • 1 decade ago

    To shield them

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    To shield them from stray traffic.

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