Saturday, September 5, 2009

Car Check

At the beginning of your shift, check out your patrol car. The first thing to look for is all your lawfully required equipment. If your headlights are out, turn signals don't work, or windshield is cracked, take another vehicle. It is not ethical to cite others for illegal equipment when your own vehicle has the same or similar problems. Be certain to check the brake lights!

Then check out the police equipment. Make sure the radio works by calling your dispatcher and listening to her response. The radio is your lifeline and perhaps the single most important item in the car. The shotgun, patrol rifle, spotlights, overheads, siren, and various blinky lights all need to work properly. Sometimes you can see them reflected in other vehicles, or against walls, or other times you have to ask your partner or even get out of the car and check for them.

Next, check the interior of the car for safety, cleanliness and contraband. You don't want to reach under the seat for the pen you dropped only to cut yourself on a knife someone else did not secure. You also don't want to reach into the glove box only to find a baggie of weed. The "I did not know it was in there" excuse does not work in the field for the crooks, don't try and use it yourself. And finally check the back seat for drugs, weapons or other things suspects may have dropped trying to escape being caught with it in the jail. Officer safety starts with a pre-shift vehicle inspection; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

I see I've inspired another one of your blogs.

Bunkermeister said...

P&S you are very inspirational!