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From Police Sedan to Police Utility – Making the Transition Safely

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January 19, 2016

As the Ford Police Utility vehicle gains in popularity with law enforcement across the state, agencies are asking if there is a need for transition courses that address the new technology and physical characteristics of the utility vehicles, and what should be included in such a course.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) is proactively delivering training to their officers in order to make the transition from sedan to police utility vehicle safe. Their officers must complete the training before they are authorized to drive a police utility vehicle.

SDPD’s Emergency Vehicles Operations Sergeant, Kevin Rausis, has created a short informational video that quickly tackles operational systems and their control switches. The video also includes a brief graphic animation and description of how electronic stability control works. SDPD officers are required to watch the video prior to receiving several hours of “hands on” instruction in the new vehicles.

Here are some of the topics included in the training;

  • Nomenclature
  • Lines of sight during parking and backing
  • Backing sensors
  • Full time all- wheel drive system
  • Electronic Stability Control 
  • Lights, sirens, and associated controls

The Ford Motor Company has released videos that describe the next generation of Ford Police Interceptor technologies, but they lack the integration of vehicle and law enforcement driver. If you are interested in viewing the SDPD training video, email Janna Munk.


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The SAFE Driving Campaign is a POST initiative focused on reducing fatal and serious injury law enforcement traffic collisions nationwide.  For further information regarding the SAFE Driving Campaign, visit the SAFE Driving Campaign on the POST Website or contact:

Janna Munk, POST Senior Consultant
Training Program Services Bureau
(916) 227-0473

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