Detroit police officers have noted several safety concerns about its new police vehicles, paid for by an $8 million donation from private corporations, Deadline Detroit reported. These include prisoners being able to reach through the partition separating the front and back seat and officers in the front passenger seat feeling cramped because of equipment. The news outlet also said improper seating would cause safety problems if the air bags detonate.
The Mayor’s Office said in August that patrol cars would be rolled out as they were equipped, but according to Crain's Detroit Business, half of the vehicles are sitting in a lot waiting for in-vehicle cameras. The manufacturer doesn't have the cameras available yet.
The $8 million donation was expected to cover the cost of 23 ambulances for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and 100 new patrol cars. The police vehicles are a mixture of Ford, GM, and Chrysler vehicles. Detroit received the first group of vehicles — 10 ambulances and 15 police cars — in August.