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10,000 Chargers have the Officer Protection Package

by David Zatz on

The 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit was the first with the “Officer Protection Package,” which uses existing backup cameras and sensors to tell people when someone is moving around the back of their patrol car. The system followed Ford’s 360° camera setup, arguably providing more warning of a potential rear ambush.

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When the system detects motion behind the Charger, a chime sounds and the officer can look at the camera to see who might be there. The police department can also set up automatic reactions, including rolling up the windows, locking the doors, turning the reverse lights on, and flashing the tail lights.

The Charger was the first police car to integrate computer systems, increasing the safety of officers during high-speed chases or collisions; in ordinary police cars with aftermarket gear, chances of hitting or being hit by a keyboard, display, or computer are likely much higher. The Charger’s system uses the built-in 12-inch screen and stores the computer itself in the trunk, where it is also protected from excess heat.

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