They’re more than just your average police lights. Pharr Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in the Rio Grande Valley to introduce cruise lights in their units.
“But on a solid red and blue light the officer is just trying to show officer presence and try to deter crime in the area. So it’s something for the community,” said Officer Irving Segura.
The patrol officers want residents to see the units driving around the neighborhood. This is to establish not only a sense of safety, but it’s a way to minimize the possibility of crime, as people are less likely to commit a crime in the presence of police.
But the cruise lights have caused some unexpected confusion for Pharr residents.
“Some of the public thought it was a traffic stop or they thought something was going on,” explained Segura.
These lights also make units visible during inclement weather. Pharr PD wants to make sure people know the difference in their lights.
“Please don’t be afraid of the lights, if you do see an officer with cruise lights on. Please do not stop, unless you do see the red and blue lights flashing and it is an actual traffic stop,” Segura advised.
Officers keep the lights on whether they are patrolling or parked on the side of the road to signal that they are available to assist anyone in need of service.