Hi-tech cameras to snag drivers using their mobiles AUSTRALIA

DISTRACTION is one of the leading causes of fatal road crashes in Australia but new hi-tech detection cameras that catch drivers using their mobile phones without them even knowing could soon change everything.

A New South Wales Police spokesman told news.com.au that officers currently “use a variety of methods to detect drivers using their phones while driving”.

“Line-of-site, by trained officers is the primary method of detection, however, long-ranged cameras have been used with success, and helmet cameras in motorcycle police continue to be used,” the spokesman said.

But that technology could soon be replaced by fixed position cameras that automatically issue an infringement notice without the driver even realising they’ve been sprung.

NSW Police Highway Patrol boss, Assistant Commissioner Mick Corboy, told the Nine News there were “emerging technologies coming out”.

“So the way we are going to defeat this is by video evidence, by photographic evidence and we are looking at everything possible around the world at the moment and we think we’ll get something in place fairly quickly,” Mr Corboy said.

His comments came after NSW Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey put out a call on Tuesday for potential providers to present “practical, technology-based solutions to address the problem” of mobile phone use in cars.

“Developing this technology would be a world-first and is one of the priorities of our Road Safety Plan 2021 that we announced,” Mrs Pavey said.

As part of the Road Safety Plan 2021, the NSW Government outlined its plans to implement legislative changes to allow camera technology to enforce mobile phone use offences.

Mrs Pavey said the Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Road Safety) Bill 2018 was introduced into the NSW Legislative Assembly on March 6, 2018. NSW is the first jurisdiction to introduce such legislation in Australia.

Last year, NSW Police handed out about 42,000 fines to drivers caught on their mobile phones, with the distraction increasingly emerging as a factor in fatal crashes over the past decade.

In February this year, serial texter Jakob Thornton, was allegedly engrossed in his phone when he ploughed into a roadside breath test in southwest Sydney, seriously injuring two officers.

Senior Constable Jonathon Wright had his foot and part of his lower leg amputated and Senior Constable Matthew Foley suffered a broken leg.

Alex McCredie demonstrates how the hi-tech cameras that can detect drivers using mobile phones work. Picture: Mark Stewart.

According to National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) Manager Jerome Carslake, the most common causes of road fatalities and car accidents occasioning serious harm are fatigue, speed, distraction (including mobile phones), and alcohol or drugs.

During the 12 months ending in February 2018, there were 1249 road deaths across Australia. That was a 0.2 per cent decrease compared to the total for the 12-month period ending February 2017.

In 2016, 1300 lives were lost on roads nationwide, which was an increase of nearly 8 per cent on the previous year (1205).

Mr Corboy said in a statement earlier this month that too many people made “poor decisions” while driving. “Every fatal crash is a tragedy for not only those involved, but for the families they leave behind,” he said.

“The most frustrating part about it is that most crashes are preventable if people slow down and take responsibility on our roads.”

In NSW, motorists caught using a mobile phone while driving can be slapped with a $330 fine and a loss of four demerit points, regardless of whether they’re repeat offenders or not.

The Australian Capital Territory has some of the toughest laws in the country, with a fine of $528 and loss of four demerit points for a driver caught texting or using social media behind the wheel.

Like the ACT, Western Australia also has a separate specific offence for motorists caught texting while driving. “WA Police Force is constantly looking for new ways to target offences frequently linked to serious and fatal crashes on our roads, including inattention through mobile phone use,” a WA Police spokesman told news.com.au.

“The penalty for using a mobile phone while driving is $400 and three demerit points.”

This driver was booked by Acting Sargeant Paul Stanford for using a mobile phone while driving in Brisbane City and copped a $378 fine. Picture: Jamie Hanson.

In Queensland, motorists can be fined $378 and have three demerit points recorded against their traffic history if they are caught holding a mobile phone for any reason while driving – that includes when they’re stopped at traffic lights or in congested traffic.

Learner and P1 drivers are prohibited from using hands free, wireless headsets or a mobile phone’s loudspeaker function. “At this time the QPS does not have technology to detect drivers using mobile phones,” a QLD Police spokesman told news.com.au.

Double demerit points apply for second or subsequent mobile phone offences committed within one year after an earlier offence.

A hi-tech camera which can detect people using their mobile phones while driving was trialled in Melbourne last year. Picture: Mark Stewart.

A red-light style camera capable of photographing drivers illegally using their mobile phones was trialled in Melbourne, Victoria last year. The technology – touted as a world first – detected 272 culprits during a five-hour test across just one lane of the Eastern Freeway, the Herald Sun reported.

The trial revealed that 7.1 per cent of the drivers observed infringed phone use laws. And 65.8 per cent of those offences related to motorists actively using their phone by holding it or touching it in a cradle. Authorities said in December last year that they were always looking at ways to improve road safety but had no current plans to introduce the technology.

This driver was booked for using his mobile phone whilst driving in Brisbane. Picture: Jamie Hanson.

A South Australia Police spokesman told news.com.au the state “doesn’t yet have any technologies to assist in the detection of driving while using mobile phones”.

As of November 11, 2017, the fine for using a mobile phone while driving was $327 plus a $60 government levy – totalling $387 coupled with three demerit points. Drivers are permitted to touch their phones only if they are making or receiving a call on a device mounted to the vehicle.

“To avoid doubt, nothing … authorises a person to use a mobile phone by pressing a key on the device, or by otherwise manipulating the body or screen of the phone, if the phone is not secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle,” the legislation reads.

The SA Police spokesman said it was “lawful to pull over to the side of the road to a place where it is legal to stop and make or receive a telephone call”.

“There is no requirement to turn off the engine,” he said. “Although the rule that relates to mobile telephones does not say that the vehicle must be in an area where it is legal to park, other Australian Road Rules come into play.

“To put that into perspective, it is not legal to park at a set of traffic lights, therefore it is unlawful to use a hand held phone while stationary at those lights.”

Acting Sargeant Paul Stanford speaks to a motorist in Brisbane City.

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10 Most Corrupt Cops In History in this video

Police Officers are meant to protect and serve our communities, but what happens when they go rogue? Alltime10s brings you a list of 10 of the most untrustworthy, corrupt and downright evil cops of all time.

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Video shows Virginia Police Caught PLANTING Drugs – 6/2014 CORRUPTION

DRUG DOG FOUND NOTHING IN CAR BUT VIRGINIA POLICE SAID THEY DID

[UPDATE 5.3.16: You cannot see the HILARIOUS annotations on mobile – so watch on desktop, for all the details & funny pop-ups. YES, the case was dropped once this video was shown to the Asst. D.A., There were NEVER any drugs to begin with & if they’re were I’m sure the K9’s nose would’ve been ALOT better than these 2 dirty cop’s noses. Also, I was instructed by my Atty. that with the Judges & Cops in that town; a Civil suit would’ve been a waste of time. I support cops as we need them/but loathe biased thugs hiding behind badges.] POLICE ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT & SERVE – NOT – PLANT EVIDENCE & POLICE PROFILE. This is personal to me/I’ll tell you why. In June I was illegally stopped while bird dogging RE properties with a white female Co-worker (Driver & owner) in a VERY rural part of VA. We were followed by an unmarked car so we voluntarily pulled over to allow him to pass. We were detained, searched for weapons & drugs and when that turned up nothing & instead of being allowed to drive away – 4 cruisers pulled up with a the K-9 dog and they proceeded to walk the dog inside & out. RESULT- That turned up nothing. So 2 cops ripped the car apart, looking for God knows what on the side of a country road for 1.5hrs and 5 other cops on standby in tactical gear. Picture 1 cop working the driver’s side & the other on the passenger side. After ripping through the car, the passenger side cop (Jr. officer) walks away and leaves his superior to finish. After finding NOTHING; the superior officer walks back to his squad car, the Jr. officer steps over to him, mumbles under his breath & the Superior officer bolts to the passenger side floorboard (my seat) and miraculously finds a morsel of marijuana. Something the dog & the other cop didn’t detect. He puts it in a tester, claims it to be Marijuana and that b/c it was found on MY side of the car—says ‘he’s giving me a citation for possession’. Why not arrest me –BECAUSE apparently the quantity was so small. WEIRD – So ask yourself, how is it a passenger with No marijuana (furthermore – 2 Non users), get pulled over for tinted windows (ONLY after I questioned the stop, the officer replied, give me your I.D. –UNFORTUNATELY for them I had NO warrants etc.), has a K-9 dog & 2 cops search the car with NO results UNTIL 1 officer does something blatantly illegal WEIRDER – So ask yourself, how is it the officer on the driver’s side of the car, magically finds marijuana a dog couldn’t discover? WEIRDEST – After paying $1500 to a lawyer, the VA Prosecutor dropped the charges knowing there was a video. BUT NOW, I’M SADDLED WITH EXPUNGING THIS RIDICULOUS CHARGE FROM MY RECORD—ANOTHER FEE, and get this – Since Virginia is a Commonwealth, they reserve the right to DENY my request! Ps: So I guess June 25th was my day to get a drug arrest record, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY! Pss: The Jr. cop (whom I believe planted the so-called Marijuana) even asked to see the vid –I suppose he wanted to see IF he was caught on tape & YES, it’s all on video. HAHA, these guys really think they’re cowboys. PIECE de RESISITANCE – I RECORDED IT ON HD Iphone VIDEO – So after some serious thought, I decided to post the video of (2) Virginia cops planting evidence and make them celebrities.

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NEVER TALK TO POLICE – HERE’S WHY as an EXPERIENCED LAWYER & LAW PROFESSOR EXPLAINS IN THIS DETAILED VIDEO

Law Professor James Duane gives viewers startling reasons why they should always exercise their 5th Amendment rights when questioned by government officials.

Law Professor James Duane gives a video presentation as to why you should not talk to the police

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West Australian police officers suffer setback in Fremantle Taser damages appeal

Three WA policemen who Tasered a couple during an arrest and were ordered to pay damages have had an appeal setback, with their union not paying security on a crucial court costs bill.

Robert Cunningham and Catherine Atoms were outside the Esplanade Hotel in the early hours of November 2, 2008 when they saw a group of men falling into a garden bed and tried to help.

But police believed they were causing a disturbance and the couple were Tasered during a scuffle.

The University of WA associate professor of law and Ms Atoms sued the state and the three officers involved, Peter Clark, Simon Traynor and Glenn Caldwell, and were awarded $1.1 million in damages.

The 2015 trial judge found the officers were liable for battery, misfeasance in public office, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

She also found the conduct caused the couple to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder and a back injury to Ms Atoms.

The officers challenged, arguing on 24 grounds, but were ordered by Justice Robert Mitchell last month to pay $90,000 security on a court costs bill – already estimated to have reached at least $900,000 – by August 23 or the appeal would be dismissed.

On Wednesday, the full bench of the Court of Appeal dismissed an application to review Justice Mitchell’s order.

The court heard the union decided not to provide the security payment, and the judges said “the appeal is arguable, but we … would not put it any higher than that”.

But the officers have applied for a 48-hour extension to make the payment and will find out later on Wednesday if it has been allowed.

In his recent provisional assessment of the appeal, Justice Mitchell said the arguments advanced in support of grounds one to 19 were “far from strong”.

He also noted the officers’ liability for damages and trial costs already exceeded their assets.

Traynor’s wages have been suspended as he is on continued sick leave while Caldwell is unemployed and receives a disability pension but Clark continues to work in the police force.

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Australia’s most wanted fugitives named by police in these pics

Police launch Operation Roam in the hope of getting the community to assist with catching 18 individuals on the run from the law.

The country’s most wanted offenders are currently at large and possibly hiding in plain sight in communities across the nation, according to Crime Stoppers Australia.

Operation Roam: Rogue Radar kicks off today (August 21-27), in an attempt to catch Australia’s most wanted.

“The individuals named in this year’s Operation Roam are responsible for a range of offences, including murder and armed robbery,” Chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia, Trevor O’Hara said.

“These criminals could be working alongside you in your community. It might be a new person you’ve noticed in your area or a more familiar face such as a neighbour, work colleague, friend or even a family member.”

Last year 19 persons of interest were named as part of the campaign. Of those police were able to locate and arrest 11 offenders.

This year four fugitives are wanted in New South Wales, six in Queensland, six in Victoria, three in South Australia and one in the Northern Territory.

“We urge members of the public to visit http://www.rogueradar.com.au to see if they recognise any of these faces and report anything they know about these individuals.

“Many of these people are wanted for a range of serious offences so we advise members of the public to put them on your radar but do not approach them under any circumstances.”

If you have any information on anyone on the Rogue Radar list, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Lebanese police helped foil alleged Sydney airport terrorist plot, Australian interior minister states

Brother of two Australians charged with terrorism offences ‘was an Isis commander tracked by Lebanese intelligence’

Police at Sydney airport in July after a counter-terrorism raid uncovered an alleged plot to blow up an Emirati passenger plane.

Lebanon’s interior minister has said the country’s police intelligence played a major role in foiling an alleged plot to bring down an Emirati passenger plane flying from Sydney to Abu Dhabi.

Nohad Machnouk told reporters on Monday that four Lebanese-Australian brothers, including one who is in detention in Lebanon, had planned to blow up the plane with bombs hidden inside a large Barbie doll and a meat grinder.

He said the bombs had not made it on to the plane because the handbag they were in was 7kg above the weight permitted by the airline.

Two Sydney men charged over alleged terrorism bomb plot

Machnouk said the bombs had been sent back to the would-be attacker’s home in Australia. He said the attacker had tried to bring two explosives on the plane in case one of them did not work. The second was to be detonated by one of the brothers who was supposed to be the suicide attacker. It was not immediately clear how authorities uncovered the alleged plot.

Australian authorities said late last month that they had thwarted a credible terrorist plot to down an airplane by smuggling a device on board but provided few details, including the precise nature of the threat or any airlines involved.

On Tuesday Australia’s transport minister, Darren Chester, who has primary responsibility for airports, was reluctant to confirm the statements by the Lebanese interior minister.

“The bottom line is we work very closely with our security partners around the world,” Chester told Sky News.

“It’s a team effort in the sense that we do need to share information, because the threat of terrorism crosses international boundaries.

The United Arab Emirates’ national airline said it was working with Australian police in the investigation. But Etihad Airways, the smallest of three long-haul Gulf carriers that fly to Australia, refused to confirm if it had been targeted.

This month Australian police said two men had been charged with terrorism offences in Australia in connection with an alleged plot to bring down the airplane. It was not immediately clear if they were two of the four brothers.

Four Lebanese-Australian men have been arrested by police, who also reportedly seized a meat grinder that investigators thought may be the basis of a bomb. One of the four was released later without charge.

Machnouk said two of the brothers, Khaled and Mahmoud Khayyat, were being held in Australia, while another, Tarek, was a senior member of the Islamic State group based in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.

He added that the fourth brother, Amer, was supposed to be on board the plane, working to bring it down 20 minutes after takeoff, but was arrested in Lebanon after he arrived in mid-July from Australia.

Machnouk said the alleged plot had been “foiled because of the extra weight”.

“Intelligence branch followed on the case and found that Amer was involved in this act and it appears that he was supposed to carry it out,” he said.

The minister said Lebanese police had been tracking Tarek Khayyat’s brothers since he moved to Raqqa and became an Isis commander.Machnouk said Amer Khayyat had travelled between Australia and Lebanon several times under pretexts such as coming to get engaged or get married.

He said about 400 passengers had been on the plane, including 120 Lebanese and that the four brothers wanted to punish the UAE and Australia for being part of the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State.

“When four Lebanese brothers in Australia decide to blow up an Emirati jet this means that the whole world should work together to fight terrorism,” Machnouk said. “Coordination should be 24 hours a day between all security agencies to stop such attacks.”

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16 people go missing every day in Queensland Australia

Queensland’s dedicated Missing Persons Unit has the job of solving the mystery of more than 300 missing persons. Some have been missing for decades and some only months

THEY are the faces of everyday people – your neighbour, an old friend, somebody who you might have gone to school with.

They are someone’s son or daughter. They could have been somebody’s mum or dad.

What they all have in common is that they belong to a unique collection of people in our state – a group of more than 300 long-term missing persons.

Some of these faces have not been seen for decades. For others, it has only been a matter of months since they were reported missing.

Police hold concerns for the safety and welfare of all of these people – as is the case for every missing person.

The task to track them down, to solve the mystery of their disappearance, falls into the hands of Queensland’s dedicated Missing Persons Unit.

The man in charge is Detective Senior Sergeant Damien Powell, a police officer with more than 30 years experience and who has led the unit for eight years. He says there have been some memorable cases, but it would be “unfair” to single one out.

“Because each year there’s about 20 missing persons … that we can’t locate and that’s 20 families who are desperate for answers,” he says.

“I just feel it does them an injustice to focus on one particular case.”

This specialist unit is unique in its operation as it’s the only Missing Persons Unit in the country to offer assistance seven days a week, typically from 7am to 10pm.

They deal with more than 6000 cases every year – about 16 every day – and more than 60 per cent involve children under the age of 16.

“They’re (the children) a large chunk of our business,” Sen-Sgt Powell says.

“Typically, the reason (children under 12) go missing is they have a fight with a sibling, or they do a chore, or they’re forgetful.

“They’re a high risk simply because crossing the road is a danger to them.”

Sen-Sgt Powell says risk assessment is crucial to what his unit does, gauging the potential danger every missing person could be exposed to.

“Obviously some missing persons are low risk, others are high risk,” he says.

“Our office is very focused on risk assessment and ensuring that the service response is appropriate for those missing persons.

“Each and every time somebody goes missing, we assess the risk for that individual occasion because it could be different to the previous time.”

For missing children, this risk assessment can be extended to the consideration of a potential abduction – something Sen-Sgt Powell says is fortunately a rare occurrence in Queensland.

The three main reasons adults go missing, Sen-Sgt Powell says, are health issues, financial pressures and relationship breakdowns.

“A missing person is any person whose whereabouts are unknown and there’s concerns for their safety or wellbeing,” he says. “So, a simple loss of contact doesn’t constitute a missing person.”

The number of people reported missing has been rising steadily over the past 18 months, Sen-Sgt Powell says.

He says the increase is largely due to publicity, but he also points to the potential impact of technology.

“Interestingly, the digital age and mobile phones have heightened people’s sensitivity to not getting hold of someone,” he says.

“Pre-digital age, if you didn’t hear from someone for 24 hours, then it wasn’t an issue because mobile phones didn’t exist.

“Now, people start to become concerned when the mobile phone is not answered because everybody’s got one and everybody’s got one on them …”

The group of people who are reported missing the least are aged 17 to 25 – an age group Sen-Sgt Powell says are more likely to be digitally connected.

“They’re fresh out of school, so they’ve got a lot of friends from school,” he says. “They’re in university or they’re in employment.

“They’re still connected with a circle of friends and we see this disassociation developing in later life.”

Sen-Sgt Powell says it is still important for people to report a person missing as soon as they have concerns for their safety or welfare.

“If it’s under suspicious circumstances, then people’s memory is going to be better the sooner you talk to them,” he says.

“Our access to data and CCTV is going to be better the sooner you report them missing and our chances of recovering them alive are obviously greater.

“We’d rather know sooner than later if there’s concerns for the safety and welfare.”

When it comes to Crime Stoppers’ role with missing persons, Queensland chief executive Trevor O’Hara says the community always responds in “great numbers” when an alert is issued.

“There’s always a great community outpouring of information once someone goes missing,” he says.

“We’re actually getting pieces of information which at the time may seem irrelevant, but they help to build an amazing timeline about things.”

Mr O’Hara says missing children also generate plenty of calls from the community.

“If anything involves kids, we get calls here at Crime Stoppers, the police at Policelink get calls, triple-zero get calls,” he says.

“There’s a real sense of community support around young people especially.

“We actually get a response almost like children when it comes to seniors.”

As well as fielding calls from the community, Mr O’Hara says that Crime Stoppers has also received calls from those who were reported missing.

“We have also taken calls from missing persons themselves and the beauty of that is it is anonymous,” he says. “They’re ringing from somewhere in the country to tell us that they’re OK and obviously we do our best to get that message through to the right person.”

Mr O’Hara says the caller must provide “unique information” to verify their identity.

There are currently more than 300 people on Queensland’s list of long-term missing persons.

One of those is Kathleen O’Shea, a mother of five from Melbourne who visited the state’s far north in December 2005 ahead of the birth of her first grandchild.

On December 29, her son Alan drove Ms O’Shea to a street in Atherton to drop her off.

She told him she was off to play pool at the Atherton Hotel and afterwards she would visit friends in Mareeba.

According to a the findings of a coronial inquest handed down in 2014, Ms O’Shea visited a bottle shop that night at the Atherton Hotel, and left in the company of two men.

That was the last time the 44-year-old was seen.

A coroner ruled in 2014 that Ms O’Shea had died.

Although the cause of her death could not be determined, it was “most likely that an unknown person or persons with whom she came into contact either at the Atherton Hotel or soon after she left there, caused her death and disposed of her body”.

Ms O’Shea’s now 30-year-old daughter, Lily Parmenter, says she had a feeling something was wrong when her mum first disappeared.

“It wasn’t like her to leave and not give any warning as to her whereabouts,” she says.

“We spoke the day before … and she seemed fine.”

Ms Parmenter, who describes her mum as “funny” and “loving”, believes Ms O’Shea was taken by someone.

“I don’t know who and I don’t know why,” she says. “I think that someone did take her and the thing that kills me the most is the fact we haven’t found a body.

“I want to be able to bury my mum with a bit of dignity. It kills me to think what her final moments could have been. It’s been the source of nightmares for me.”

Ms Parmenter says she hopes there is someone who knows what happened to her mum and would be willing to speak out. “If they’re protecting someone, they shouldn’t be protecting anyone.”

“They should be trying to help five kids trying to get some closure. Nothing is too small in terms of details,” she says.

Police have no new information on Ms O’Shea’s disappearance.

Sen-Sgt Powell says police are also appealing for details to track down 63-year-old Toowoomba woman Barbara Troughton who went missing in January last year.

“(She) was operating a small grocery store in Toowoomba and one morning left a note for her partner that she’d had enough,” he says.

“We believe Barbara’s still alive and well, but where she is, we have no idea.”

And each missing person’s disappearance has a major effect on the many people in their lives.

“Australian research has shown that for every missing person there’s 12 people directly affected. It has a significant impact on the community,” Sen-Sgt Powell says.

If you or someone you know needs support, contact Lifeline, call 13 11 14

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Ford Is Making Hybrid Police Cruisers Now as well

Ford Motor Co., which sells more police vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker, says it will offer a police pursuit version of the hybrid Fusion midsize sedan, in response to requests from cities nationwide.

The next time the cops chase you down for speeding, they could be driving a fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid.

Ford Motor Co., which sells more police vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker, says it will offer a police pursuit version of the hybrid Fusion midsize sedan, in response to requests from cities nationwide. The new car, with its 2-Liter four-cylinder engine and 1.4 kilowatt lithium-ion battery, is expected to get 38 miles per gallon of gas in combined city-highway driving. That’s 20 mpg more than Ford’s current police car, the Taurus police interceptor.

The hybrids won’t be as fast as the Taurus with a 3.7-Liter turbocharged V6, but Ford expects it to be quick enough to earn a pursuit rating when tested later this year by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the first hybrid to earn that honor. To get a pursuit rating, cars have to perform well in acceleration, handling, braking, top speed and ergonomics and make the list of cars that the Michigan and Los Angeles agencies would buy.

When the throttle is held down for five seconds, the car will go into pursuit mode, using both the electric motor and the gas engine for maximum performance, Ford said. The company also says the car will be durable for tough police duties.

Police cars spend much of their days idling by the side of a road, and that’s where the hybrid has a true advantage, Ford said. The gas engine will shut off at idle with the battery handling the electrical load for flashers, radios and other items. It will restart to recharge the battery.

Ford said at $2.50 per gallon for gas, the hybrid would save a police department $3,877 per year in fuel costs per vehicle. The price of the hybrid, available in the summer of 2018, isn’t being released just yet.

Ford was to unveil the police car Monday with press conferences in New York and Los Angeles. One already has been outfitted to look like a Los Angeles police cruiser.

While big-city departments might be most interested in the fuel savings, the cars might also be appealing to small departments.

Thomas Korabik, chief of the 10-officer North Muskegon, Michigan, Police Department, said his city spends about $22,000 per year on gasoline for four cruisers and would be interested in cutting that in half.

But he wonders if the Fusion is big enough inside to carry computers, radios and other equipment. Many departments have switched to SUVs to handle the equipment, said Korabik, who also is president of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.

“Anytime you can save money it is good,” he said. “I’d want to see the car first and see how it would hold up.”

Todd Soderquist, Ford’s chief engineer for the Fusion Police Responder, conceded the car is smaller than other cruisers on the outside. “Internally, you’ll be surprised at how comparable they are,” he said.

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