Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vehicle Inspections

One shift my partner and I went through eight patrol cars before we found one that was working.  The radio did not transmit, the siren did not sound, the brakes were gone, the transmission was out, the spotlights did not work, and so on.

It's important to check all these things and to make sure they work.  Something like bad breaks is very dangerous.  Consider the liability if you crash into another vehicle and claim the brakes were bad on your patrol car.

It's unethical to write equipment violations on other peoples cars if you vehicle is also not legally operating on the road.  Tail lights, break lights, headlights are some of the parts that break frequently and need to work on your patrol car.  How will it look if you go to court on a headlight ticket and the defendant counters with your car had no brake lights?  It would get your ticket thrown out; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

The solution (outside of big cities) is take home cars. Officers take much better care of the patrol cars when they are "their" cars. They also carry much more gear since it doesn't have to be loaded and unloaded every eight hours. Not to mention the other benefits of take home cars like high visibility and rapid deployment in emergencies.

Mike Creek said...

I like the idea of take home cars too. I agree there are many benefits.