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A person in the back seat can reach through safety part... A person in the back seat can reach through safety partition (Greg Bowens, Deadline Detroit)
This past summer, leaders in Detroit's business community donated 100 police cars and 23 desperately needed ambulances to the beleaguered city. Now that the parades and speeches are over, gratitude is turning to frustration. Problems have developed that put officers' lives at risk.

Deadline Detroit reports the new cruisers were poorly designed and may have been rushed into action for publicity's sake. Poorly outfitted cruisers are putting police, already in a dangerous job, further into harm's way. For instance, the barrier between an officer in the front seat and a suspect in back is made of easily breached Plexiglass, the website reports. Cruisers have been so haphazardly crammed with equipment that a passenger in the front seat has barely any room to sit, causing discomfort and risking serious injury to officers in the event of a crash.

Mark Diaz, president of the Detroit Police Officers Association, told Deadline Detroit the problems were being addressed, but so far, no cars have been retrofitted.

Detroit's fleet of emergency vehicles has existed in a sorry state. The Detroit Free Press reported in August that, at any given time, 10 to 14 of the city's 36 ambulances are operational, leaving much of the 139-square mile city without emergency coverage.

The city was so grateful for the new vehicles, contributed by such big names as Chrysler, GM, Ford and Penske Automotive, that company officials received heroes' welcomes complete with a parade downtown and speech from Mayor David Bing.

Read More at Deadline Detroit.


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      nvisiblegypsys
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow....who'd have believed a Detroit Police job could be dangerous? go back to driving the old patrol cars if the chicken wire in the new ones is too big........ tip: keep your suspects' hands cuffed behind them, if they slip the cuffs, shoot them.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nvisiblegypsys
        Those barriers are in place in case the suspect somehow got the cuffs off. There are many precaution build in a patrol car for every instances that the suspect is freed.
      Captain Wampler
      • 1 Year Ago
      Detwatters needs to march on the Limosine Liberals in Grosse Pointe and start "sharing the wealth."
      khod3
      • 1 Year Ago
      Detroit is an abandoned wasteland, bankrupt and unable to provide services. The days of mass employment in mega-assembly plants is gone. Ford's most modern plants are in Bahia, Brazil and Thailand and they are ultra clean, high tech, and chock full of advanced robots. Workers wear nice uniforms and white gloves but they're aren't the numbers of them like in the old days. The major auto companies left Detroit long ago and even operate right across the river in Windsor because you have a cesspool of uneducated mostly black people that were forced in the downtown area while the whites built a wall and refused to sell property outside it. Who wants to operate where black gangs rule everything and are mad as Hell? Final blow was the riots after MLK was murdered. Maybe after it turns to dust and everyone has died off or left something new can be built. My idea would be to make the place a FREE CITY and they could grow pot and make a fortune selling it legally for medicine and the legal states and in ten years you'd see a rebirth like nothing in world history. That will be the day because Freedom isn't America.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I fully agree that DeeTroit has entered the final stages of meltdown. Many decades of politically and criminally corrupt administrations have brought the city to it's knees. My Mom grew up in Detroit in the 1930's and 40's. After the depression she remembers Detroit as being an elegant city with a wonderful economy. The auto industry was booming, the place was shiny and new and fascinating. Contrast that to the burned out shell it's become of late.
      petrheadshrinker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just cuff, kill, then stuff.
      Russ
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hardcore Pawn will buy them for $20 each.
      HANNA
      • 1 Year Ago
      OBAMA IS FROM CHICAGO..........................
      Captain Wampler
      • 1 Year Ago
      What Detroit really needs is a fleet of dozers...level the place and start from fresh.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where is O.C.P. and Robocop when you need them?
      Becky
      • 1 Year Ago
      You just can't please em!!!
      eeverettm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford and Chrysler. Junk!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @eeverettm
        Neither Ford nir Chevy makes the dividers or installs equipment.
        jmopar1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @eeverettm
        they are not chrysler----ford and chev
      mpusairsret
      • 1 Year Ago
      What will happen when seasoned members of the force decide to move on to cities that care for the safety of their officers? Will the county/state take over the law enforcement mission?
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