#philly#philadelphia#ppd#highwaypatrol#police They wear tight britches; white helmets, crushed hats, black leather boots, double-breasted leather coats, and the basket weave Sam Browne Belt and Holster. They patrol the city in unmarked cars and full dress Harley Davidson motorcycles known in the Unit as a wheel.
There primary mission is to make Felony, Narcotics and Weapons Arrests. They hunt anywhere in the city where the brass says to go, to make an impact on rising crime.
They are always seen when necessary but seldom heard on the Police Radio except to ask for a set of numbers (which are incident case numbers) from Police Radio for an arrest. They can be pulled from anywhere in the city as an expeditionary force without effecting the current level of protection from the various divisions they patrol.
They are the elite of the Philadelphia Police; they are regarded both in and outside the Police Department as a paramilitary Unit, that salutes their superiors always in person and on the Radio with a Yes Sir, no questions asked.
The mere presence of the Boot Cop often sends criminals on the run.
They are among the most highly motivated, who need little or no supervision. It is the most sought-after assignment in the department.
Known as Boot Cops, they are assigned to the Highway Patrol unit, whose headquarters were at Bustleton Avenue and Bowler Street for most of their history but now take up space at 330 E. Erie Ave.
Because they are called into major crime areas, a Boot Cop must have a good arrest and conviction record, must be aggressive, must have the balls to take down any situation without batting an eye and at the same time, be spit shined from head to toe.
There is a mentally strenuous but even more important side to the unit. They are always called to escort U.S. presidents and other dignitaries and of course the Police Funeral taking the honor guard position around the casket and the wheels with flags leading the procession. They also have the option to compete to become a member of the drill team who thrill audiences at parades and other functions with intricate maneuvers on their 800-pound Harley Davidsons.
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