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Research / Re: Question about police car
« Last post by olmue on March 09, 2023, 05:51 AM »
Katie, why am I not surprised you were in a town's citizens' police academy?? :D
Research / Re: Question about police car
« Last post by christripp on March 09, 2023, 03:45 AM »
There are a number of "YouTube" video's, done by police officers, showing what is in their car. Here's 1 example. 
I'm glad you asked the question, I've learned a lot as well, like I never knew the back seats were just a hard molded shell, as opposed to upholstery!

Oops, just noticed Linda posted a youtube link earlier (great minds, right Linda, there's a Youtube for everything :)
Research / Re: Question about police car
« Last post by dewsanddamps on March 08, 2023, 08:21 PM »
I was in our town's citizens' police academy a few years ago. Here if you're in the back seat, you're not getting out until they open it for you. (If there are handles, they're not operational, but I don't remember if they're there.)

At our station, if they have someone in the back they pull into a big garage attached to the station and lower the door. If the person makes a break for it when they get out, there's simply nowhere to go--they can't get out and the door into the station is opened from the inside.

The cars tend to get thrown up in a lot, so there's that. And a thing I hadn't known--the front console has a bunch of different siren sounds! Our police cars have fifteen. (You bet I hit those switches, and it was very fun.) They tend to vary their siren sound as they near an intersection because it gets the attention of drivers who may not be paying attention. (The officer I rode with says they don't typically use all the sounds because it would just confuse people--they have two or three go-to sirens.)
Research / Re: Question about police car
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on March 08, 2023, 06:21 PM »
All police cars are not alike. Different communities may use different makes and models and these may be outfitted differently. For example, areas with heavy snow may use SUVs or other four wheel drive vehicles. To ensure accuracy, look at the cars in the community you're writing about. Many police departments have public relations offices. You can try calling them. Make sure you have all of the questions you'd like answered so you don't have to continually call, but do call or use a contact form online etc.
Research / Re: Question about police car
« Last post by olmue on March 08, 2023, 03:16 PM »
I don't know the answers to your exact questions, but I have sat in the back of a police car one time. A few years ago on an extremely cold day in North Dakota, I got t-boned by a student who was driving a little fast for conditions and could not stop. It was just BITTERLY cold and my car had a huge hole in the side of it. The police officer that came to the accident had us sit in his back seat so that we could exchange insurance information and call our agents (we couldn't feel our fingers otherwise). What I remember through the shock: the seat was very hard vinyl, not comfy, but easy to swab off if I guess you were bloody or dirty. A slippery seat. There are bars between the backseat and front so that an arrested person can't reach up and attack the driver. And there was NO leg room. I am 5'2" and my knees were basically pressed against the driver's seat or barrier or whatever was there. Just very claustrophobic feeling; I was glad to get out of there.  I honestly don't remember if we closed the doors all the way (probably), or if the officer opened the doors for us. I don't remember anything extraordinarily different, but I would assume that if they are picking up a murderer, for example, they probably have the child safety locks on so the people in the back can't open the doors and run away.
Research / Re: Question about police car
« Last post by Vijaya on March 08, 2023, 01:04 PM »
You might ask your local policeman or woman. I'm sure they'd be delighted to help you with the details.
Research / Re: Question about police car
« Last post by lrzajac on March 08, 2023, 12:45 PM »
You might be able to find other video tours of police cars, but here's one.

Research / Question about police car
« Last post by amy-thernstrom on March 08, 2023, 09:41 AM »
Hi! For a brief scene in my novel, I would love to ask a question to a family with a police member. Do the police cars have handles in the backseat? And if the police are ever transporting people who do NOT require restraint, how do these people get out of the backseat? Do the doors have to be opened from the outside, or does the driver just press a button or flick a switch or whatever to open the door? It's just a little thing, but I really want to get it right. Thanks.
Picture Books (PB) / Re: Help with Comps
« Last post by deborah-paquette on March 04, 2023, 07:40 AM »
FYI There's a good article up on from yesterday about finding comp books.

What a fun resource. Thanks for the heads up!

Picture Books (PB) / Re: PB Virtual Critique Groups
« Last post by lerone-landis on February 25, 2023, 02:07 PM »
Thank you!
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