While researching police shootings one thing stands out in many of them. The standard police car is woefully inadequate for response to a shooting incident. The officer sits low in the car and so it can be difficult to exit the vehicle quickly. The big hump in the middle of the front of the police car contains radios and other controls make it nearly impossible for officers on the drivers’ side to exit the passenger side of the car. The officer is restricted to exiting by the driver door and that provides a tactical disadvantage.
The shotgun and patrol rifle are generally mounted in the passenger compartment in the front of the car with the radio and other electronics. That makes it hard to get the long gun out of the car past all the gear. The muzzle is usually pointed up with means stuff sometimes falls down inside the weapon and officers removing the weapon may have the barrel pointing at themselves or their partner.
The front of the vehicle, doors and windshield provide very little ballistic protection. Officers still hide behind car doors and vehicle frames and yet there is very little protection provided by those features. The engine block and brake drums are fairly bullet proof but are small and not located where they can provide much protection. Our cars are not much protection, that’s what the SGT Says.