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.
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:
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:
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."