(KMOV) -- Some News 4 viewers contacted the newsroom after seeing a St. Peters Police officer hiding in an unmarked vehicle with a tow sticker on it. Police say it may be sneaky…but it’s not illegal.
Take a drive on Highway 370 and it won’t take long for you to see a police officer on the side of the road giving a ticket. However, what you don’t see is the unmarked SUV that looks like an abandoned vehicle with a tow sticker on it.
Police say an officer typically sits in it shooting radar warning officers ahead of speeders. "It’s just another method to be able to catch speeders instead of having us out in plain view. Many departments practice the same thing,” said Officer Melissa Doss.
Officer Doss said they get more complaints of speeders on Highway 370 than anywhere else.
While that may be true some drivers say disguising yourself isn't setting a good example for law enforcement; especially when these officers could be out looking for dangerous criminals.
"You could sit there all day and you'd maybe catch one car speeding or if you're out there patrolling you can catch someone robbing or assaulting someone,” said a St. Peters resident.
Officer Doss says the department has only five officers assigned to this traffic unit and the others are out fighting crime.