Sunday, September 6, 2009

Trunks and Compartments

Now that you have inspected your patrol car and made sure that everything works, what else do you need in your unit? Check the glove box, there should be some disinfectant and rubber gloves. If you have to render first aid or pat down someone, it is nice to have an extra pair of gloves handy to replace the ones you use.

Check the trunk, I like to have at least a case of flares. I work a lot of nights and a crash on the freeway can really eat up the flares. Crime scene tape is essential. I like a full roll in the trunk. A big crash or other large scene can use up a lot of tape. I also like a few traffic cones. Flares are good, but if you are only going to need them for five minutes, especially during the day, a few cones are very helpful.

Our units also carry a fire extinguisher, make sure it is charged, a first aid kit, and tire chalk. A big chunk of chalk is useful for marking tires, drawing outlines on the pavement to indicate where cars or gear is located at a scene. We also carry 48 inch riot batons in the trunk. Nice to have when things fall apart. Finally, we often have a catch pole in the trunk, very handy for that bad dog or injured animal. Check for these items before you go 10-8, too late to look for them when you need them; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Another advantage of take home cars. I keep stuffing things in the back. I could survive for ten years on a desert island with only the contents of my trunk.

Bunkermeister said...

And two weeks without water on the contents of your hump.

Or are you the other one? ;)

Protect_and_Serve said...

The camel is the good-looking one.

Bunkermeister said...

I stand corrected.