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Burbank Police Add New SUVs to Fleet

As the last of the Burbank Police Department’s aging Crown Victoria’s are retired, residents and visitors have become familiar with newly branded Caprice sedans.  While on the outside the new sedans look great, on the inside officers have learned to live with a variety of compromises and limitation.

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

According to BPD Sergeant Mark Stohl, the solution has arrived.  Burbanker’s will now see new Ford Explorer SUVs hitting the street on patrol and responding to police service calls.  In fact, the new Explorers have also recently won the “Best Cruiser Vehicle Design” award at the 2014 COPSWEST Expo in Long Beach.

Sgt. Stohl, a big guy himself, noted the Caprices had limited space for officers, with the added danger of hitting knees, arms, legs, and other body parts on keyboard, computer displays, and other essential equipment used by all officers.New Exployer -1 Inside

The new Explorers have ample space for officers, including the tall guys, while driving on patrol, or leaving the vehicle quickly while responding to emergencies and incidents.  No more worries about snagging equipment belts or other equipment on the way out, or finding ways to remain comfortable while on a long shift.

However Sgt. Stohl also explained the new Explorers will also include greatly enhanced IT systems, including an integrated computer display system mounted inside the vehicle’s console – rather than mounted on the “hump.”  With a couple of exceptions, including the tactical radio and keyboard, all other IT systems are in the console display.  The display is powered by a new HP mini-computer, which is also conveniently mounted in the spare tire space, providing additional space in the cargo hold for equipment.

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

(Photo Courtesy Burbank Police Department)

The new Explorers also have enhancements for those getting free ride to the Burbank Jail.  The back seats have more space, and in addition the seat belts are planned to allow officers much better control over disruptive or non-compliant passengers.  The passenger compartment includes airbags built around the protective cage, providing a safe environment during the short ride to the Police Station.

On the outside of new vehicles, officers will have additional protection while on stops with a new set of strobes (red and blues lights) placed on the vehicle’s body. This not only helps protect officers, but also allows drivers to have better visibility when approaching accidents, traffic stops, and other actions.

The new vehicles are being configured by Hi Standard Outfitters in Orange, Burbank Public Works, and the city’s Information Technology Team.  While each vehicle is slightly more expensive than the current Caprice patrol cars, the Explorers are more efficient, and will cost much less to operate, giving Burbank taxpayers a much better return on their investment in police equipment.New Exployer -Door

As the new Explorers have a different profile than sedans, including all-wheel-drive, a higher center of gravity, and window visibility, officers require some new driving skills and vehicle awareness.  Those skills, as well as pursuit driving in the SUV, are trained and practiced at the Bob Hope Airport.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sgt. Stohl concluded that with luck the new Explorers will replace all of BPD’s patrol vehicles within 3 years.

Thar She Blows – SUV Creates Unwanted Fountain Near DeBell Golf Course

There she blows... A SUV traveling down Harvard Road from the Castway's found you have to travel a little SLOWER next time, after he spun out and hit a sprinkler valve. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police received the call as an auto overturned on Harvard Road, just above Sunset Canyon late Sunday evening. Upon their arrival they didn’t find any car overturned as reported, but a SUV that appeared to have come down from the Castaway Restaurant area a little to fast.

The car didn’t rollover, but lost control and ran into the fence along the side of the golf course. Fire Department Paramedics came by to check out the driver who didn’t appear injured and try to figure out where to shut the geyser off.

Remember that school is out for the summer and count this one as one of the many speeding accident that will occur throughout the summer…. SLOW DOWN the speed limit is only 35.



Burbank Police Issue Crime Alert Regarding SUV’s

The City of Burbank has seen a surge in auto burglaries wherein third rows seats and GPS systems have been stolen from 2003-2007 General Motors SUV’s (Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the GMC Yukon & Denali, and in some cases, the Cadillac Escalade).  The targeted areas tend to be commercial parking structures and lots (daytime hours) and residential areas (evening to early morning hours).  Entry to the vehicle is made by either punching out the door lock or the vehicle is left unlocked.
This Crime Alert is to inform the Burbank community of this crime trend and to remind vehicle owners to take valuable items with them or keep them out of view.  Also, remove the third row seat if not needed.
In the event you see any suspicious activity, please obtain as much information as possible about the individual(s) and contact the Burbank Police Department directly at 1-818-238-3000.