YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Police Department unveiled a new vehicle on Wednesday, paid entirely through money collected through speed traffic cameras.
The prisoner transport vehicle has seat dividers and seat belts to prevent prisoners from sliding while the vehicle is moving. It’s also fully equipped with a video monitoring system.
Officers in the front can see what prisoners are doing in the back, and they can make sure there are no medical issues.
Youngstown Police Chief Robin Lees said the vehicle is larger and designed to be safer than the department’s 16-year-old vehicle it has been using.
“With the older unit, it doesn’t have any of these, devices in the unit to provide for a level of safety of the individual prisoners, to avoid any other problems that have occurred in other places,” he said.
Lees said the department plans to start using the new vehicle next week, once everyone is trained.