Sorry to upset all of the folks asking for more features to warn of police presence but this is a childish feature which should be removed. Waze is a great app and you would be best served by taking the "high road" and promoting the app as an aid to road safety by making drivers aware of road situations and hazards. But many wazers like me have their kids also driving and I am just waiting with dread for the day that a fellow wazer tells a drunken driver how to avoid a policeman and then that drunk driver kills the wazer's kid. The police are mainly there for our safety - protect our kids and don't tell dangerous drivers where the police are!!
As much as these police traps are great for people who continuously (and dangerously) speed or text/talk on the phone, I find that alerting where the police are is scary for us safe drivers.
Also, by alerting where the police are, if, for example, a child were to be kidnapped, all they will need to do is go to Waze, avoid all police traps and be free. This alone should be a great reason to remove police traps!
I use this app often - I really do enjoy it! It gets me to where I need to go and avoid traffic (most of the time).
Please consider removing the police hiding locations. There was a child who's been missing in our city and he's not been found - its been months. There was a truck in the area but, police have not found them for questioning....can't help but think that perhaps Waze helped him escape and avoid police traps.
Thank you for reading.
non pelf commented
That inane position is well REFUTED below by Withhold Seth
If you warn of police posts, you are being an accomplice of possible criminals, drunkards at the wheel, drug traffickers ... No to police warnings, cancel that possibility of the application!
Si avisas de puestos de policía, estás siendo cómplice de posibles delincuentes, borrachos al volante, narcotraficantes.....No a los avisos de policía, anulen esa posibilidad de la aplicación!!!!
I'm not a Jerk who wants people to get cited for speeding. I'm human, and I speed sometimes too, but the reason I am requesting is more important than getting a citation. These days, Police Officers can't be anywhere without having their head on a swivel just to make sure no one is walking up to ambush them as they sit in their patrol vehicles, just doing their jobs. The Police marker feature IS super useful for most of us Wazers, but at the same time, it is giving anyone who may wish or plan to ambush an officer a literal road map of where Officers are sitting, many times alone. This is not the first time I have suggested this, and I understand some people being unwilling to vote to take down the feature that drew many Wazers to the app in the first place, but is it really worth putting our Officers lives in more danger than they already face daily in the process of keeping the rest of us safe? I would rather get a citation because I was speeding than know that the officer that I passed and tagged on Waze was ambushed in his car and killed by someone who had Waze up on their phone. I'd rather pay the fine than know that I contributed to that, however unwillingly. Thank you for your consideration! I know this request would mean making a big sacrifice on everyone's part to put into action, and I hope that all of you wonderful people, my fellow Wazers, also value life over a stupid citation.
total crap .... puts the office in danger?? he's the one putting himself in danger by parking in the center divide inches from vehicles doing 70mph, and all so he can make his quota ..lol
oh PLEASE, who are you kidding? Can you cite ONE incident of a WAZE user tracking a police officer with the intent to cause harm or injury ?? Most police officers who die in the line of duty, are either hit by a vehicle or die from crashing their own vehicle. CHP in Ca have become tax collectors, they couldn't care less about road safety issues, it's all about writing tickets. In fact, altering drivers to incidents or police ahead, makes them slow down ! duh
This is fucking stupid shut up. By noting theres an officer near by, it automatically makes people drive more careful. no ones gonna pull up on an OP and shoot them. Pull your head out from your ass.
I agree to remove the police warning function. Why actively support those who wants to avoid the police? Support us to report potential dangers, but please do not make it harder for the police to do their job.
My suggestion is that you withdraw the possibility of marking the presence of the police. It is very irresponsible to give thieves this tool. Or do you think only good citizens use the application? You reduce everything the possibility of blitz (which is wrong to show, because drunk drivers kill a lot of people), but forget that armed thugs, hijackers and thieves will also avoid the police route not to get caught.
I recently learned of this app and the police locator. As the daughter of a deputy, I find this sickening. These officers are out there everyday working 12 hours shifts and dealing with stupid people all day everyday. Their lives are in enough danger as it is. It is so incredibly stupid that someone would give others the ability to know where officers are. You would be amazed at how many blue lives are taken every year and the number is increasing. I would suggest that anyone that uses this feature also download the ODMP (Officer Down Memorial Page) app as well so that you can see what you could be contributing to. This feature needs to be removed because it is endangering the lives that protect yours.
Exactly to Gamma and a big screw you and your b.s. lies to police:
Cops barely ever even stop to help anymore. If you aren't a white chick standing by your car they're not stopping. The last 2 or 3 times I've been broken down I've watched multiple officers just roll right by.
Research has proven that doing even 80 or 90 is no less dangerous than 60 given proper road conditions.
Germany had the highest speed limits in the world, unlimited on many Autobahn sections and even when limited often 80 mph about.
Yet they have some of the lowest per capita accident and fatality rates.
If you want to see protecting and serving the public check out the model in Europe. Officers don't patrol by vehicle searching for trouble. They are trained in de-escalation tactics, and most of them hang at the station waiting for a crime to ACTUALLY serve. If they are in public at all they're on foot just walking around the city making sure people safe. The normal officers don't have to carry guns because they are actually trying to help people not correct revenue. When there's a real threat they get reinforcements who ARE weaponixed.
It leads to less officer deaths, less dead civilians, less assaults because some cop decided he saw a source of revenue and wanted to be John Wayne.
I wish more people could see how EVERYBODY else does it. Policing is dead wrong in the US.
NOBODY is rolling up on you to hurt you that wouldn't have already because they saw you on their own.
This is why I WANT police reporting. Especially we need police in motion reporting.
Somebody thinking of drinking and driving may just see the police presence and change their mind.
The police are NOT parked on the highway for our safety they're there to generate revenue.
I lived in Germany 3 years. Police in Germany aren't out patrolling, they don't radar at all other than they will park a wagon or truck on the side of the road as a speed trap.
The police don't drive around looking for reasons to pull people over. They're at the station ready to move out to a call other than foot patrols on weekend nights and stuff.
And they have portions if hwy with speed limit at all, yet they have much lower fatality and accident rates per capita.
Speeds in excess of 80 are really no more dangerous than 60. It's bs. It's all for revenue.
You're an idiot and you don't live in the real world. A person should be able to do anything they want to do as long as they don't hurt someone else. Now it would be a good idea to give users the ability to track drunk drivers if you see a drunk driver to report it. But the fact that somebody sitting behind a desk somewhere tells me that it's legal to drive 55 one day and they can change the law of the next day and make the speed limit 65 is pure nonsense.
People just need to take responsibility for their own actions. Not to mention that in some states the pit the fines for these traffic infractions are ridiculous which it should be illegal in itself. For example in Florida not wearing a seat belt is like $125 ticket in Georgia it's something like a $15 ticket. When frankly it's nobody's business if I'm wearing the seatbelt or not if I'm stupid enough to not wear one and go through the windshield and died it thins out the gene pool.
We don't post about sex offenders or known criminals why post about our Leo's and put a target in their back
How about we track criminals instead of those trying to protect us
Adessa Thomas commented
Please remove the feature of seeing where police officers are on the app. Many wives and husbands want there loved officers to come home to them and this could put our loved ones at reason of been stalked and targeted. They shouldn't worry about where the police are if they are following the road laws in place. If an officer is pulled on the side of they road helping someone they will have there lights on there for they are visible then but other than that it shouldn't tell you where they are sitting trying to make the roads safe for your loved ones to travel on. Please remember police officers work to help everyone, please remove to help save our loved officers lives.
If they're drunk, they ain't using the app. And if they are, they ain't paying attention, let's all be honest with ourselves here.
Wow slow driving is reckless? Half the time people consider "slow" driving to be the speed limit... Have we forgotten the definition of a limit? It's a speed determined to be the safe limit for the road.... For many reasons... Mostly people going to fast and crashing. When everyone drives above the speed limit collectively, yea, "slow" driving becomes unsafe. Never would I say slow driving IS reckless. While going 55 in a 65 isn't ideal... There is a right lane and a left lane for a reason and as long as slower traffic is in the right and PASSING traffic is in the left... (Again I say PASSING, not SOEEDING) There shouldn't be such frivolous issues on the road.
But YES for more real time police alerts... Would be extremely helpful and a bigger driver for the app.... Protect and serve, my ass. Why do you cops think just about everyone and anyone who isn't a cop or related to one feels the same way? If a feeling is mutual... Then it tends to be truth. I don't even need to give a specific example.
After noticing that reporting police presence is the Waze app is called "Police Trap" I plan to stop using this feature.
The presence of police should not be considered a trap, unless you are planning to commit an unlawful act.
Also, as previously stated on this chat by a police officer, it puts police in danger and all of us too.
Most of the other people like police warnings.It's one of the reasons why some people use waze e.g. I also don't think that there would less accidents by reckless drivers when removing this option from waze. I even doubt drunk drivers will use Waze to avoid police, if they drank a little and can still use waze to to navigate around police I would give them the benefit of the doubt.