As a columnist, I get the opportunity to test just about every patrol-related vehicle or new product out there. If you follow this column, you know the level of patrol vehicle offerings has increased substantially in the past year or two. Safety systems, dynamic capabilities and integrated equipment options have all added to a better patrol vehicle environment for officers.
What hasn’t changed is that, ultimately, the officer operating the vehicle makes the final choice as to how that vehicle will be employed, in motion or at a stop. Unfortunately, poor tactical decisions remain a major contributor to officer deaths in the field. The good news: We can change that