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NCJ Number: 83545 Find in a Library
Title: In Pursuit of an Improved Police Car
Corporate Author: Aerospace Corporation
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Aerospace Corporation
Washington, DC 20024
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This brochure describes the results of research efforts funded by LEAA to improve police cars in the areas of costs, safety, and productivity.
Abstract: For more economical police car operations, the most effective approach is to reduce the weight of the vehicle. Developing a compact car with a smaller engine, using driver's aids to encourage more economical driving habits, using vehicle diagnostics to improve maintenance, and improving the ignition system can almost double a car's gasoline mileage. Systems which appear useful for improving safety include antiblock brakes, carbon monoxide sensors, an improved seat and restraint system, a periscopic rearview mirror, and a communication system which permits the driver to transmit and receive radio communications without removing the hands from the steering wheel. To help the police officer do a more productive job, a computer-controlled digital communication and data system is proposed. Computer-aided report writing will free officers from many clerical tasks. Hand-held remote communication devices will extend the range of the officer's work. Finally, improved data retrieval techniques will result in more efficient responses to inquiries regarding stolen property and wanted persons. These concepts will be field tested in actual police operations. Twenty compact cars will be equipped and tested, 10 in New Orleans and 10 in Dallas. A prototype vehicle has already been developed to demonstrate these improvements. Photographs, drawings, and diagrams are provided.
Index Term(s): Energy conservation; Equipment evaluation; Occupational safety and health; Police cars; Productivity
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