Patrol cars are used differently than regular vehicles and there are many small design features that I would include in a police car that would allow us to use is even more than we do now. The car should function as a ladder. The bumper, trunk lid, car roof and even light bar should be sturdy enough and resistant to foot steps so that offices can walk up the vehicle and use it to climb over a fence or onto a roof from the vehicle. Perhaps even some kind of removable or fold down ladder that can be attached to the roof. It’s helpful to check a roof when there could be a suspect on the roof and it’s helpful to be able to climb a fence to enter a backyard.
Patrol cars should have a fold down rear seat into the trunk so that they can be used as an ambulance. Often police officers are the first ones to arrive at the scene of an emergency. Sometimes the grab and dash is the best method of treating a badly injured person. For some major injuries waiting two, three, five, ten minutes for paramedics to arrive can just be too long. It’s better for an officer to just get the victim to the emergency room in the same length of time. Having a vehicle that can carry an injured victim in a prone position would allow them more comfort, and a second person could sit next to them to render aid.
The trunk, hood and roof of patrol cars are often used as a desk. As officers load and unload their gear they often place it on the car. This leaves marks, scratches and even dents on the car. Since this is a common occurrence, why don’t those parts of the car have a surface that won’t mark, scratch or dent? Officers often use the hood or trunk as a desk while they write a ticket. Why don’t we have a surface where the officer can place his ticket book, write a ticket and still keep the suspect in view? It’s time to update the police car; that’s what the SGT Says.