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Law enforcement cars will be equipped with a new protection technology. FCA US LLC, an established automaker, recently declared that effective immediately, all 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit law enforcement vehicles will provide safety technology that detects movement behind the vehicle through the use of a rear-facing camera and radar.
The company teamed up with InterMotive Inc. to provide this important Officer Protection Package technology at no cost to U.S. law enforcement agencies that order the 2017 Charger Pursuit – America’s best-selling, product – the high-performance police car.
Jeff Kommor, Vice President – U.S. Sales Operations, Fleet and Small Business Sales was quoted in the company’s press release: “This technology is designed to prevent an officer from being ambushed from the rear while parked. While it does not replace awareness and an alert state of mind, this technology acts as a second set of eyes and provides police officers with added peace of mind when they are in a parked Charger Pursuit.”
InterMotive noted that tragic ambushes of police officers over the last year are driving demand as they have seen an increase in the number of agencies requesting this technology. The Officer Protection Package is designed to increase an officer’s situational awareness when parked and working inside the vehicle. The package uses the Charger Pursuit’s ParkSense rear park assist system and ParkView rear backup camera to alert an officer if anyone is behind the vehicle.
The InterMotive module is installed by simply plugging it into the Charger Pursuit OBDII port and securing the module under the dash. The Aux 1 button will activate the system. Any time the Officer Protection Package is active, the reverse sensors will be turned on. If any of the sensors are tripped while the system is active, a chime will sound to alert the officer that a sensor has been tripped. The officer can immediately observe what is behind the vehicle via the camera display. At the same time, all the doors will be locked, the front windows will roll up and the tail lights will flash.