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A crowbar, earplugs and a spit hood...What items do officers carry in a police car?

PUBLISHED: 16:26 29 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:44 29 September 2018

Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

To the casual observer, it looks like any other Ford motor car - albeit with flashing blue lights and a distinctive bright livery.

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But inside this well-equipped police response vehicle is everything an officer might need to deal with a breaking incident, disturbance or unfolding crime.

Suffolk Constabulary’s Ipswich East safer neighbourhood team revealed just some of the items they carry in their response vehicles when they Tweeted a copy of the inventory they use to check their vehicles fully stocked with everything they need.

Many of the items are what you would expect - police scene tape for cordoning off crime scenes, red and white cones for closing off roads in the event of an accident and a scene log for recording details of what happened during an incident.

Others though are perhaps more surprising - officers for example carry escape hoods for protection against smoke and gases and also have hard hats, safety glasses and earplugs to give them extra protection in certain situations.

Picture: EDMUND CROSTHWAITEPicture: EDMUND CROSTHWAITE

There is also a saw, shovel and a broom along with a safety knife, emergency hammer and bolt croppers.

PCs also carry a spit mask to put over offenders they are restraining who might spit on them and they also have a fire extinguisher, heavy duty gloves and goggles.

There is also a tin foil space blanket to drape over those who may need to kept warm in emergencies, smart water torch for searching rivers and lakes and a knife container for any blades found.

The smaller items on the inventory, which also include dog spray and a hand swab kit, are stored away in a small bag inside the vehicle to make it quicker for police to do regular checks.

The full list includes:

■ Accident panels x2

■ Arrow panels x2

■ Slow panels x2

■ Road closed panels x2

■ Sign stands x2

■ Red and white cones x5

■ Blue flashing lamps x4

■ Fire extinguisher x1

■ Saw x1

■ Shovel x1

■ Broom x1

■ Sealed first aid kit x1

■ Map book x1

■ Draeger breathalyser x1

■ Sat nav x1

■ Pegs for SOCO cones x2

■ SOCO cones x2

■ Blanket in bag x1

■ Access card to police investigation centre x1

■ Hard hats x2

■ Safety glasses x1

■ Ear plugs x1

■ Spit hood x1

■ Police scene tape x1

■ Scene log x1

■ Early evidence kit x1

■ Hand swab kit x1

■ Sexual offences kit or vehicle seat cover x1

■ Bolt croppers x1

■ Dog spray x1

■ Emergency hammer x1

■ Yellow spray can x1

■ Safety knife x1

■ Crowbar x1

■ Knife container x1

■ Smart water torch x1

■ Disposable face mask x1

■ Hand sanitiser x1

■ Sharps box x1

■ Heavy duty gloves x1

■ Goggles x1

■ Tape measure x1

■ Escape hood x2

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