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IMPD Police Vehicle Operations

  1. 1. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Police Vehicle Operations General Order 4.16 POLICY All Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department personnel must operate department vehicles (city/county- owned or leased) with due regard for safety of others. Employees shall obey all traffic laws when operating department vehicles. State and local exemptions will not protect an employee from consequences of any act involving a reckless disregard for the safety of the employee or others. DEFINITIONS Clearly Marked Vehicle –A city/county-owned or leased vehicle that is painted or marked with graphics to clearly identify it as a law enforcement vehicle. The vehicle must also have a readily-apparent police insignia visible to others, an overhead emergency light bar attached to the roof of the vehicle, and be equipped with an audible siren. <41.3.1> Semi-Marked Vehicle – A city/county-owned or leased vehicle that may be painted or marked with graphics to identify it as a law enforcement vehicle, and has a readily-apparent police insignia visible to others. The vehicle typically has inside mounted emergency lights (i.e., grill, dash, and/or deck lights), but lacks an overhead emergency light bar attached to the roof of the vehicle. Unmarked Vehicle –A city/county-owned or leased vehicle that is not clearly marked with painted works or graphics and does not display a readily apparent police insignia. Although the vehicle may have hidden emergency lights (i.e., grill, dash, or deck lights), it lacks any clearly visible emergency lights. POLICY I. License Requirements A. All employees of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department who drive a department vehicle must possess and maintain a valid Indiana driver’license. s B. Employees who drive a department vehicle are obligated to inform the department, through the employee’ chain of command, should their driver’ license become suspended, revoked, or s s restricted in any way. II. Vehicle Safety A. Members operating any Department vehicle (with the exception of motorcycles), or riding as a passenger in the front seat, shall wear safety belts and a shoulder harness (if available), as described in applicable state law, regardless of any vehicle-type exemptions (i.e., trucks). Passengers shall also be required to wear safety belts and any available shoulder harnesses. These restraints shall be worn properly adjusted and securely fastened. <41.3.3> Michael T. Spears, Chief of Police This General Order supersedes all prior rules, Page 4.16- 1 Effective: 02/08/2007 regulations, policies and procedures, whether oral, written or by previous practice.
  2. 2. General Order 4.16 Police Vehicle Operations B. Children who are 12 years of age and under, and passengers who are 13 years of age and older but are small in stature, are not permitted to ride in the front seat of any department vehicle equipped with passenger-side air bags. <41.3.3> C. Infant and/or child restraint seats will not be placed in the front seat of any department vehicle. D. Drivers must consider road, traffic, and weather conditions at all times while operating a department vehicle. E. Drivers must exercise due caution at all times, regardless of the nature of a run, for the protection of life and property of the employee and others. F. Officers exiting their vehicles at the scene of an incident should secure the vehicle, if circumstances permit, by turning off the ignition and locking all doors. G. Officers parking their vehicles at the scene of an incident should do so in a manner that allows other responding emergency vehicles to enter and exit the area without delay. H. Drivers should use care when parking their vehicles at the scene of an incident to ensure the vehicle is not unnecessarily exposed to any danger or damage from other vehicles moving through the area. III. Vehicle Equipment A. All patrol vehicles shall be equipped with the following minimum equipment: <41.3.2> 1. Emergency Lights and Siren 2. Public Address System 3. Spot light or Alley Lights 4. First Aid Kit 5. Fire Extinguisher 6. Emergency Flares 7. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Kit – Includes WMD Bio-Hazard Suit, Gas Mask, Filters, Goggles, Gloves, and Surgical-type Mask. (If kit was issued to officer) 8. Reflective Safety Vest <61.3.2.g> 9. Emergency Blanket 10. Other equipment authorized by the member’district or division commander s B. The member shall be responsible for maintaining the equipment in a safe and working condition. If the equipment is used or becomes inoperable, the member will be responsible for replacing the item as soon as possible. The member must report to the appropriate office or facility, depending on the item or equipment being repaired or replaced (e.g., Fleet Services, Property Room, etc.), and comply with the established repair/replacement system guidelines. If there are any questions, the officer should contact their first-line supervisor for further direction or clarification. < 41.3.2> Michael T. Spears, Chief This General Order supersedes all prior rules, Page 4.16-2 Effective: 02/08/2007 regulations, policies and procedures, whether oral, written or by previous practice.
  3. 3. General Order 4.16 Police Vehicle Operations IV. General Guidelines A. Officers must carry a department radio, approved firearm, and police identification at all times when operating a department vehicle. These items must be secured appropriately if not carried on the officer’person while out of the vehicle, with the trunk being the preferred location. s B. Officers will assist with any incident or situation requiring immediate action. This may include situations such as: providing first aid to victims; securing a hazardous scene until an on-duty officer arrives; or taking appropriate action during the commission of a felony or other serious offense. However, passenger safety is a primary concern over intervention or apprehension. Officers should use common sense and proper discretion when deciding whether to take action if there are passengers in the vehicle. Off-duty pursuits with civilian passengers in the vehicle are strictly prohibited. C. Officers must be dressed in a reasonable and appropriate manner when operating the vehicle. Attire should not cause embarrassment to the department (i.e., no short shorts, halter-tops, tank tops, etc.). Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times. D. Officers no longer participating in the take-home car program due to reassignment, retirement, or separation are responsible for notifying the fleet management office to make all necessary arrangements for turning in the vehicle, keys, gas card, etc. E. Department vehicles may be used for off-duty employment within the restrictions of current written directives regarding off-duty/extra-duty employment, provided the employment generally benefits the citizens of Indianapolis-Marion County. 1. Officers must request approval to use their department vehicle for off-duty employment purposes by submitting an off-duty work permit, through the proper chain of command, as required in the Off-Duty/Extra-Duty Employment general order. If necessary, officer may attach an additional page to explain the purpose and extent to which the vehicle will be used. 2. Officers approved to use a department vehicle for off-duty employment must monitor the police radio channel covering the geographic area in which they are working. On-duty supervisors are responsible for monitoring all officers working off-duty employment within their district or jurisdiction. 3. Officers may be financially responsible for all damage to the vehicle resulting from off-duty/ extra-duty employment. 4. The officer may be required to reimburse the department for use of the vehicle for off-duty/ extra-duty employment. F. Officers on extended absence over 21 days will secure their take-home vehicle at the fleet management office or a district headquarters. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the officer’division commander. Officers on leave for 21 days or less may secure their vehicle s at their residence, however the vehicle must be locked and keys secured in a separate location. G. District commanders retain the authority to temporarily reassign a department take-home vehicle, if necessary. Notification must be made to the fleet management office regarding any changes in the temporary reassignment of the vehicle. H. Each car will be equipped with a spare tire and jack. When off-duty, officers will be responsible for changing the tires when necessary. The only exception is when the officer is preparing to report for work or court for the department. Michael T. Spears, Chief This General Order supersedes all prior rules, Page 4.16-3 Effective: 02/08/2007 regulations, policies and procedures, whether oral, written or by previous practice.
  4. 4. General Order 4.16 Police Vehicle Operations V. Emergency Operations <41.2.1> A. Emergency Operation 1. Department vehicles must be operated under emergency conditions only when the officer is responding to a reported or confirmed emergency situation, or when properly operating under pursuit conditions. Officers should refer to general order regarding Vehicle Pursuits. 2. When operating a police vehicle under emergency conditions, the emergency lights and siren must be utilized. 3. An officer may disregard an automatic traffic control signal or stop sign only when responding to an emergency situation or when properly operating a department vehicle under pursuit conditions may. In both instances, the officer must approach the intersection with caution and be prepared to stop. The officer may proceed only when it is safe by clearing the intersection lane by lane. 4. Police vehicles approaching an automatic traffic control signal or intersecting street controlled by a stop sign must be prepared to take evasive action and brake, if necessary. The police vehicle operator must proceed with caution. 5. Any officer operating a police vehicle under emergency conditions will cease emergency operation once notification is made that sufficient assistance is on the scene. 6. Specialty unit officers may continue to proceed under emergency conditions after being notified sufficient assistance is on the scene only if it is determined that a specialty skill is necessary as approved by the appropriate supervisor. 7. The first officer arriving on the scene of an incident must evaluate the situation and advise control operators to disregard officers and equipment not needed. Units that have been disregarded will not proceed to the scene. B. Silent Runs 1. A silent run is the operation of a police vehicle under emergency conditions utilizing emergency lights, but no siren or other audible signal. 2. Silent runs are authorized for the following: a. Robberies in progress; b. Burglaries in progress; or c. Situations in which the officer determines, through his training, experience, and judgment, require a silent run response. 3. When on a silent run, the officer must: a. Stop at all stop signs and traffic signals, proceeding only when it is safe by clearing the intersection lane by lane; and b. Operate with extreme caution at a reasonable speed which will not endanger the life and property of others. Michael T. Spears, Chief This General Order supersedes all prior rules, Page 4.16-4 Effective: 02/08/2007 regulations, policies and procedures, whether oral, written or by previous practice.
  5. 5. General Order 4.16 Police Vehicle Operations VI. Use of a City-Owned Vehicle After Consuming Intoxicants A. Department personnel, in both an on-duty and off-duty status, are prohibited from operating any city-owned vehicle after taking any restrictive prescription medication or chemical intoxicant. B. Department personnel, in both an on-duty and off-duty status, are strictly prohibited from operating any city-owned vehicle with any traceable amount of alcohol as determined by a chemical test. C. The following Zero Tolerance Policy will be administered for any violation: ST ND RD 1 2 3 VIOLATION OFFENSE OFFENSE OFFENSE Operation of a personally-owned vehicle with 10 - Day 30 - Day DISMISSAL BAC above .08% and/or arrest for DWI Suspension Suspension Operation of a city-owned vehicle with ANY 10 - Day 30 - Day detectable amount of alcohol as determined by DISMISSAL Suspension Suspension a chemical test. Refusal to submit to breath test requested by a 45 - Day law enforcement officer or as ordered by an IPD DISMISSAL Suspension supervisor while driving a city-owned vehicle Refusal to submit to breath test requested by 15 - Day 30 - Day law enforcement officer while driving a DISMISSAL Suspension Suspension personally-owned vehicle Involvement in accident in a City-Owned vehicle 30 - Day DISMISSAL with ANY detectable amount of alcohol Suspension Operation of a city-owned vehicle with a BAC 30 - Day DISMISSAL of .08% or above Suspension Involvement in any preventable accident in a 45 - Day DISMISSAL city-owned vehicle with BAC of .08% or above Suspension ► Alup ni d y aea ta w ri d y (o cl d r a s a daemimu sn t n l se s n a s r c l ok g a s n t a n a d y) n r n m a co s s o u n e i i 1. Mandatory alcohol counseling is an additional requirement for all violations. 2. Violations committed while driving a department vehicle will also result in the loss of take- home car privileges, as well as ineligibility for transfer/reassignment for a period of one year. 3. Officers on a promotional candidate list will be ineligible for promotion for a period of one year from date of the offence. 4. Officers may be personally responsible for reimbursing the city/county for all damages caused while operating a department vehicle with any detectable amount of alcohol. NOTE: Officers working in an undercover capacity may be exempted from this directive by the respective division commander when the exemption is necessary to maintain an undercover status. Exemptions will be made on a case-by-case basis and will be no broader than necessary. Exempted officers who have consumed an alcoholic beverage are still prohibited from using deadly force, except in self-defense or in defense of a third person. Michael T. Spears, Chief This General Order supersedes all prior rules, Page 4.16-5 Effective: 02/08/2007 regulations, policies and procedures, whether oral, written or by previous practice.
  6. 6. General Order 4.16 Police Vehicle Operations VII. Take-Home Vehicle Program A. A department vehicle may only be operated by an authorized employee of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The vehicle may be driven inside Marion County and within the seven adjoining counties. Vehicles will be permitted outside of the approved counties only upon written approval of the Chief of Police. This may include training or schools to be attended by department employees. B. Residence Requirements 1. On March 14, 1996, IC 36-8-4-2 was enacted, which allows officers to maintain their residences outside of Marion County, but within the seven contiguous counties. 2. Officers who moved their residence outside of Marion County after March 14, 1996, and new officers residing outside of Marion County, are not eligible to participate in the take-home car program. Officers not participating in the take-home car program will be assigned a district or branch pool vehicle for their duty assignment. C. Special-Duty Positions 1. Officers who live outside of Marion County, but are assigned to special-duty positions authorized by the Chief of Police, will be allowed to park their department vehicle at their residence. These special positions (i.e., SWAT) require the officer to have special equipment and communications needs in the vehicle in order to be most effective. 2. Any officer who meets the above criteria will have restricted use of the take-home vehicle. They may use the vehicle only for department purposes, such as driving to and from work, court (while representing the department), or responding to the scene of a special-duty call- up. These officers may not use their vehicles for off-duty employment or for any personal reasons. Any violation of these stipulations will result in revocation of the take-home vehicle for the duration of the officer’out-of-county residence status. s 3. Officers living outside of Marion County will not be allowed to apply for any special-duty position requiring use of a department vehicle. Officers presently assigned to such a position who decide to move out of Marion County will be removed from that special-duty position. The special-duty positions covered by this directive will be determined and approved by the Chief of Police. D. Take–Home Vehicle Policy Violations Officers found in violation of the department’ take-home vehicle residency requirements will be s subject to the following disciplinary action: 1. A MINIMUM suspension without pay of 10 working (not calendar) days; 2. Reassignment; and 3. Permanent exclusion from the take home car program, even if the officer returns to re- establish residence inside Marion County. Michael T. Spears, Chief This General Order supersedes all prior rules, Page 4.16-6 Effective: 02/08/2007 regulations, policies and procedures, whether oral, written or by previous practice.
  7. 7. General Order 4.16 Police Vehicle Operations VIII.Escorts <61.3.3> A. Permitted Escorts 1. Law enforcement escorts may be provided for high-profile dignitaries when requested and approved by the Chief of Police or designee. <61.3.3.a> 2. Officers may provide escorts for license branches, banks, and other financial institutions moving large amounts of money or other valuables. 3. Officers may provide emergency escorts for blood bank and donor-organ deliveries. 4. Escorts will not be furnished for private enterprises, persons, or parties without prior written permission from the District Commander. 5. Escorts for civilian vehicles during a medical emergency are generally prohibited. <61.3.3.b> a. If medical assistance is needed, the officer shall contact Communications by radio and request an ambulance. b. In extreme circumstances, such as a natural or man-made disaster where there are no other medical resources available, the officer may provide an escort for a civilian vehicle, but only upon receiving permission from a district supervisor. 6. District Commanders, the commander of the Traffic Branch, and in extreme situations, field supervisors, have the authority to grant permission for escorts for the following: a. Community events b. Funerals c. Extreme emergencies d. Military convoys e. Explosive Convoys B. Escort Procedures 1. The request must be made through the officer’field supervisor. s 2. District units must mark out of service on all escorts. 3. For permitted escorts, the officer may either follow the individual with the valuables or transport the person in a police vehicle. This decision will be left to the officer’discretion. s a. If the officer transports the person requesting the escort, a waiver must be signed and forwarded to the officer’commander. s b. A waiver, which must be renewed annually, may be signed by the branch manager, owner of the business, etc., and filed at the appropriate district office. 4. Officers are prohibited from transporting any valuables or money without an employee from the business accompanying the officer. Michael T. Spears, Chief This General Order supersedes all prior rules, Page 4.16-7 Effective: 02/08/2007 regulations, policies and procedures, whether oral, written or by previous practice.
  8. 8. General Order 4.16 Police Vehicle Operations IX. Care and Maintenance of Department Vehicles A. General Guidelines 1. Officers are responsible for obtaining and maintaining the equipment and supplies required by written directives for their vehicles. 2. An officer may install additional equipment on his/her vehicle if it meets OSHA standards and does not interfere with the operation of the airbag system. All equipment additions and/or modifications must be requested in writing and approved by the Deputy Chief of the Administration Division prior to installation of the equipment on the vehicle. Upon approval, the requesting officer will be notified of the date and time for the installation. All work will be completed by IMPD fleet technicians or at the direction of the fleet manager. Any exceptions to this list must be approved by the fleet manager. Permitted Equipment •Replacement Light Bars (with approval) •Rechargeable flashlights •Rear deck lights • radios CB •Grill lights •Cellular phones •Dash lights •Department-owned trailer hitches •Pop-in strobe lights •Add-on satellite radios •Arrow sticks └Must be OSHA Compliant •Magnetic, clip-on, or mirror glass-mounted antennas, when necessary •Department-approved IMPD-related license plates, emblems, or decals •2-Way Radios –Subject to Section IX.A.3. (see next page) Prohibited Equipment •Boom boxes (extra speakers) •Drilling of holes •Radio equalizers (factory radios only) •Objects dangling from rearview mirror •Cargo protruding from trunk, except when necessary for IMPD purposes •Any other equipment not specifically authorized in this directive or by division commander •Window Tinting –Except as permitted for those special units authorized by the Chief of Police. Tinting must meet state and local legal requirements. 3. Personally Owned Two-Way Radios a. Employees wanting to install and/or use two-way radio communications equipment that requires a state or federal license to operate must have: (1) Written permission from the Deputy Chief of Administration; and (2) Necessary license(s) required by the Federal Communications Commission to legally operate such two-way radio equipment. Michael T. Spears, Chief This General Order supersedes all prior rules, Page 4.16-8 Effective: 02/08/2007 regulations, policies and procedures, whether oral, written or by previous practice.
  9. 9. General Order 4.16 Police Vehicle Operations b. Approved two-way radios must be installed by IMPD Fleet Technicians to ensure proper wiring and to avoid interference with the airbag, as well as other communications equipment (e.g. MDT). c. Personnel found in violation of this directive or Federal Communications Commission laws and regulations will face disciplinary action. 4. Officers may have their name (i.e., John Smith or Officer John Smith), lettered beneath the window of the driver’ door. The lettering must not exceed one inch in height and must be s neatly and professionally done. Nicknames are prohibited. Altering or removing confidential numbers, decals, or license plates is also prohibited. 5. Non-approved bumper stickers, decals, or emblems will not be affixed to any department vehicle. Stuffed animals, toys, or other decorations will not be placed on or in any department vehicle without permission from the Chief of Police. 6. Officers are responsible for maintaining the entire vehicle in a clean condition and will ensure the vehicle receives preventive maintenance as scheduled. Vehicles must have preventive maintenance performed as directed by Fleet Services and should be serviced, fueled, and washed during on-duty time. No overtime compensation will be allowed for preventive maintenance, car washes, or fueling of take-home vehicles. 7. Officers are responsible for the condition and security of all equipment stored or carried in the trunk of the department vehicle. This includes weapons, shotguns, SWAT gear, camera equipment, radar gear, etc. All equipment stored or carried in the trunk must be visually checked weekly for signs of moisture, rust, corrosion, etc. This is especially true for equipment that is inside another case or container. Officers may be held personally responsible for any damage caused by neglecting to inspect, clean, or maintain any department equipment in their care. B. Vehicle Gas Cards 1. Gas cards are assigned to all department vehicles allowing employees to obtain fuel at Fleet Services or other authorized fuel sites. 2. Lost gas cards should be reported as outlined in written directives covering lost/stolen city/county property. 3. City policy mandates that those officers assigned flex-fuel capable vehicles must use ethanol (E85) fuel. Michael T. Spears, Chief This General Order supersedes all prior rules, Page 4.16-9 Effective: 02/08/2007 regulations, policies and procedures, whether oral, written or by previous practice.

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