The Philadelphia Police Department admitted today that a mysterious unmarked license plate surveillance truck disguised as a Google Maps vehicle, which Motherboard first reported on this morning, is its own.Read More: Philly Police Admit They Disguised a Spy Truck as a Google Streetview Car
In an emailed statement, a department spokesperson confirmed:
“We have been informed that this unmarked vehicle belongs to the police department; however, the placing of any particular decal on the vehicle was not approved through any chain of command. With that being said, once this was brought to our attention, it was ordered that the decals be removed immediately.”
The spokesperson also claimed that an inquiry is forthcoming.
When reached for comment yesterday, Google confirmed it is investigating the unauthorized use of its Google Maps logo. The spokeswoman we reached suggested that the company might have more to say at a later time.
What else are Police using as disguises? I guess this will be the new norm. Police Departments will be like the CIA using fronts to spy on people. I guarantee Google was in on this and a lot of other corporations probably don't mind Police Departments using them as fronts to spy or do other surveillance on the public.