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Is the red light on top of a police car called a cherry? Are they usually removable?

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#1 - February 02, 2014, 11:53 AM

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Do they even make them like that anymore? All the ones I've seen have rectangular red and blue lights on top. Hmmm.

Yes, a quick google showed that they are called cherry lights or cherry top. But I don't know how common they are any more.
#2 - February 02, 2014, 03:45 PM
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I think the only ones that are single lights are on detective cars - They put them on when needed.  I believe that in most states police cars are now blue and red - or perhaps just blue depending upon the state.  The single lights may be dual colors.  You should probably ask your local police department.


I am not sure when blue lights were introduce.  So if yours is a period piece, set in say the sixties, yes a single light on top a car is probably correct.  I have a web site I need to go look up that they may be able to answer your question better.

This is mostly a site for police, but you can sometimes post questions on it and members will respond.  Mostly a members only site.  http://www.policeone.com/




#3 - February 02, 2014, 04:57 PM
« Last Edit: February 02, 2014, 05:01 PM by Liz Straw »
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The state police here have a single round light. I suspect that varies by state.
#4 - February 02, 2014, 05:08 PM
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Wow! Thanks guys. I think I'm thinking of Law and Order, when they jump in their car they often manually put a red light on top, or on the dash board.
Cars here in Seattle (SUPER BOWL CHAMPS< BTW) are navy blue.
#5 - February 02, 2014, 08:29 PM

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The L&O guys are detectives. They are in an unmarked car. They put the light up to identify them as cops.

Marked police cars may vary. Ours have light bars with the blue and red lights. I think there is a white light in them too.
#6 - February 03, 2014, 08:20 AM
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I've always wanted one of those lights ...
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#7 - February 03, 2014, 11:04 AM
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I've always wanted one of those lights ... Vijaya

 :eb Especially during traffic.
#8 - February 03, 2014, 04:56 PM
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Great minds, Liz :)
A friend of mind always wanted a tank ... then you have no need of lights.
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#9 - February 03, 2014, 05:21 PM
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There are times a tank would be nice, but they can cause so much destruction, a light and a siren would be so much easier.  :lol5
#10 - February 04, 2014, 12:41 PM
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