Got this email recently.....
ttention - All drivers of cage-equipped police cars who may transport persons in the rear passenger compartment:
A recent e-mail message was disseminated regarding a subject who carved his name into the Plexiglas of a new (2006) marked patrol car, probably utilizing pieces of the car itself. It should be noted that the subject was not handcuffed, as he was only being detained in the rear of the car while an investigation was being conducted. An inspection of the damaged car revealed the likelihood that the detainee was able to use seat belt buckles as a wrench to loosen several acorn nuts securing a metal bracket which covers the transition area from Plexiglas to the expanded metal cage. The bracket was removed, thus compromising the security of the front seat compartment and giving the detainee access to a foot long, half-pound, piece of metal (which could easily be used to cause injury to people or damage to property).
Until such time as the vehicles are retro-fitted with tamper-proof hardware, officers should avoid placing un-handcuffed persons in the rear compartments of the 2006 patrol cars. Likewise, all older patrol cars appear to have the acorn nuts positioned into the rear compartments, and these will eventually be retro-fitted as well. Seat belts in the older cars don't appear to have the same wrench-like capabilities as the new cars, but a resourceful/athletic person might still be able to loosen the nuts if he/she were dedicated enough.
Please keep this in mind when placing people into patrol cars for the next few weeks. Generally speaking, it would be safest to place only arrested/handcuffed persons into police cars, and detain unsecured/prospective arrestees someplace else..
Don't know the brand of cage we use, but half is plexigalss and the other is a screen.
Women are not laying in the tub right now letting the water hit the pink parts dreaming about a gun nut who's playing Rainbow Six in his mom's basement. You follow?