The FCA Officer Protection Package was first offered on the 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit, and now an enhanced version has been made available for the 2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit. The technology was developed to protect officers from ambush attacks while they’re parked and working in their vehicle, and is available at no cost to U.S. law enforcement agencies in the 2018 model year.
“The Officer Protection Package is the result of our continued focus on officer safety in our Charger Pursuit,” said Jeff Kommor, Vice President – U.S. Sales Operations, Fleet and Small Business Sales. “With critical input and guidance from our Police Advisory Board, we have enhanced the technology’s capabilities for the 2018 model year with additional sensors to provide officers with an expanded field of protection.”
The technology used in the Officer Protection Package works by coupling InterMotive’s Surveillance Mode Module with FCA’s Fleet Safety Group technology – ParkSense rear park assist system, ParkView rear backup camera, and Rear Cross Path detection – to alert officers when movement at the rear of the vehicle is detected.
Once motion is detected, a chime will alert the officer of potential danger in the area. The officer can immediately see what is behind the vehicle via the camera monitor. Law enforcement agencies can choose to have the system initiate any or all of the following when motion is detected: a signal for the doors to lock, front windows to roll up, reverse lights to turn on and tail lights to flash, all giving the officer a few extra seconds to react to the situation.
The plug-and-play system seems like a smart, cost-effective way to keep our men and women in blue safe.