Made in the 1960s for the California Highway Patrol, “Routine Stops” details some of the basic mistakes made by complacent patrolmen, that had fatal consequences. The film details the “suspicious attitude” that patrolmen must develop, as a basic means of protecting themselves against the actions of criminals. The police cars shown appear to be the Dodge Polara or Dodge 880. The narrator of the film was Guy Oates, who at one time served as the Chief of California State Police.
The Dodge Polara is an automobile introduced in the United States for the 1960 model year as Dodge’s top-of-the-line full-size car; after the introduction of the Dodge Custom 880 in 1962, the Polara nameplate designated a step below the full sized best trimmed Dodge model; the Polara that year had been downsized to what was in effect intermediate, or mid-size status. In its various forms, the Polara name was used by Dodge until 1973, when its position in Dodge’s line-up was replaced by the Dodge Monaco. The name Polara is a reference to the Polaris star, in a marketing attempt to appeal to the excitement surrounding the Space Race during the early 1960s. The Polara was a competitor to the Ford Galaxie 500 and the Chevrolet Impala. 1960 marked the first year that all Chrysler models, save the Imperial, used unibody construction.
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