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vegas96VIIIWed Feb-27-08 09:52 PM
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"what is KOM-674?"


          

I live in Las Vegas NV. When driving from time to time I see private vehicles with license plate frames that say KOM-674. I have "heard" that it has something to do with police, but this is just rumor. Do you know what it means and who is entitled to display this?
I was wondering if its just something people do to try and get out of traffic tickets or if its for officers only. The other post about showing the badge to avoid a ticket reminded me of the lic. plate frames. Kind of like cars with all the "support our police" stickers on the bumpers and rear windows. thanks

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Gale155Fri Mar-07-08 12:08 AM
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#1. "RE: what is KOM-674?"
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Fri Mar-07-08 12:42 PM by Gale155

  

          

It's an easy, yet covert way for cops to identify their fellow cops who are off-duty. KOM674 is a patrol district, and 674 is their radio frequency. This was probably supposed to be a big secret originally, BTW, but it sounds like the word is out.

I should mention that I don't know this to be a fact, but after a short investigation, I'm convinced this is the straight scoop.

Gale
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60GunnerFri Apr-18-08 11:37 PM
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#2. "RE: what is KOM-674?"
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Mon Apr-21-08 09:09 PM by Gale155

          

KOM-674 is most likely the FCC call letters assigned to LVMPD's primary frequency.

Back in the 80's a lot of California law enforcement officers (myself included) had similar license plate frames. The general purpose was to let other law enforcement know they were stopping a cop, so they wouldn't get too excited when they saw the driver wearing a gun. It took a few years, but the low lifes figured it out, and some hardcore gang members would confront off-duty officers if they thought they had the advantage. Often times, it ended badly for the bad guys.

Most guys quit using the frames, because they were more of a liability than they were worth.

The idea is to keep your status (as a police officer) to yourself, unless you are required to take action, at which time you should clearly identify yourself. Otherwise your just asking for trouble. There was a time when it didn't matter if folks knew you were the Police, those days are gone forever. Most people have little or no respect for the police or authority in general, or if they do, it is grudgingly at best. So in my humble opinion, displaying such a license plate frame is a mistake, especially if the car is primarily driven a loved one.

Just my 2 cents

Pat F.

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vegas96VIIITue Apr-22-08 05:22 PM
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Thank you both for your info. It was just one of those things that I could never get a legit answer for. I still see the frames on cars around town sometimes.

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