Fla. police upgrade vehicles to prevent ambushes

System works by sounding an alarm triggered by several sensors around the perimeter of the vehicle


By Police1 Staff

BAL HARBOUR, Fla. —  A police department in South Florida will be the first to implement a new technology in their cruisers that averts surprise attacks, WSVN reports.

The system works by sounding an alarm triggered by several sensors around the perimeter of the vehicle.

"The officer spends the majority of his time with his face buried in the computer," Bal Harbour Police Sgt. Jack Young said to WSVN. "If someone were to approach the vehicle, we can't see behind our heads."

The system is operated by a switch in the center of the dashboard. The sensor would remain off during the majority of the time the officer is moving or in traffic. It is made to be used during traffic stops or when the vehicle is sedentary. If someone approaches the vehicle from behind, a series of alarms will go off and alert the officer inside.

All of the department’s 25 cruisers will be equipped with the system, costing about $500 per vehicle.

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