Have you ever wondered what kinds of things a police cruiser is equipped with? For most non-police officers, generally the only part of a cruiser you’ll get to really experience is the back seat… And that’s if you’re unlucky. It may come as a surprise to some of you, but the only time I’ve ever been in the back seat of a cruiser was while I was actually volunteering alongside Peterborough Police during their annual Cram-A-Cruiser event.
— Ken Elrick II (@DrPatchbeard) October 5, 2012
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I just happened to say to the folks there that I’d never been in the back, so they encouraged me to hop in… and to my surprise, they didn’t lock me in there! Such kind people, because I probably would have messed with someone who was in my position at that point.
Anyway, I’ve always been wondering just what all those different buttons and knobs and dials in the driver’s area did… That is until one police officer decided to share a video of a walk-through of his cruiser on Reddit.
Is anyone else ticked off that he didn’t actually turn on the siren to demonstrate what it sounds like while he was explaining all the buttons?
The officer in the video is NOT local, and from what I can gather from the comments on Reddit, he’s a member of an American police agency. Some comments suggest he might work in the Pacific Northwest, but that’s just speculation. At any rate, his vehicle is one that is not terribly common within Peterborough Police: A Ford Explorer Police Interceptor. The majority of Peterborough’s cruisers are Dodge Chargers, but I do believe there are at least one or a couple Explorers in their fleet.
I have no idea how the level of equipment in local cruisers compares to this one, but it seems like the officer in this video is pretty well equipped for most situations he might find himself in – even a zombie apocalypse. When somebody in the Reddit comments suggested that in order to turn a profit, it would make more sense to steal a police car than a supercar, the officer responded with this: “The worth of car and all it’s gear adds up pretty close to $100k, although you’d have to be a special kind of stupid to try to steal one.”
So there you go. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the inside of a police car without being thrown in the back of one in handcuffs, this may be the best opportunity you’ll get!