Ford Police Interceptor exhaust reports have Shreveport police union calling for tests

Ford Police Interceptor exhaust reports have Shreveport police union calling for tests

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Shreveport Police Officer's Association is now calling for carbon monoxide testing inside SPD units after Ford Motors announced last week they were investigating a possible exhaust defect in their Police Interceptor Utility vehicles.

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The vehicles were purchased for the SPD fleet in May 2016.

According to a statement on Ford Motors' website, police departments across the country have been reporting an odor of exhaust fumes inside their units.

The company wrote this in their statement:

Ford Motor Company is taking action to help address the concerns of first responders driving Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles. Drivers of regular, non-police Ford Explorers have no reason to be concerned. While there have been reports of exhaust odors in some regular Explorers, those instances are unrelated to reports of carbon monoxide described by some police departments. If a vehicle has such an odor, customers should bring it to a Ford dealer to address that issue.

SPD Chief Alan Crump issued a statement to KSLA, saying he has received no reports from his officers about exhaust fumes in their own vehicles:

The police department is not aware of any exhaust issues with the 90 2016 and 27 2017 Ford Interceptor SUVs the department owns. The department has received no complaints from officers relative to any exhaust fumes in the vehicles.

Still, SPOA leaders are calling for carbon monoxide testers in all SPD vehicles to ensure officer safety.

"We want the officers to be safe themselves," SPOA President Michael Carter said. "An officer goes out of commission from carbon monoxide poisoning, it can take a while to get back to work. We don't have the staffing for people to be injured or hurt from our own vehicles."

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