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Why are squads sometimes seen traveling above the speed limit with only their red and blue light on but no siren?

As part of Bayside’s policy, officers sometimes must perform what is called a “silent run”. During this time, officers will have their emergency lights on without the audible cue of a siren. This is particularly useful when responding to calls in which the officer’s presence being known could conflict with victim safety or evidence preservation. Bayside’s most common uses for “silent runs” include bank hold-up alarms and home invasion alarms. While engaging in a “silent run”, officers are allowed to travel faster than posted speed limits but are still expected to drive with due regard for public safety and follow all other traffic prompts. 

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