>>Sgt. Lecker: I’m Sergeant Lorne Lecker.
I’m the Detachment Commander of the Deas Island Traffic Services. I’ve been a Regular Member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 29 years. 5-year-old Sidney wants to know what an RCMP police car looks like. Well this is one of our RCMP police cars. We have different sized cars, this is one of our larger Sports Utility Vehicles. All police departments are going to have the word Police written on the cars, as this one does here. This marked car has a roof light for high
visibility, with different settings on the lights and we will talk about that shortly. In the front of the vehicle, we have a push
bumper. This is used so that if your family, their car is broken down on the highway, and there’s a risk of it getting hit, we can push them safely off to the side of the road. There’s quite a lot of equipment in the
police car in addition to the lights. Down here on the lower level, we have the police radio so we can communicate not only with our police dispatchers but with other police officers in other departments, as well as the fire fighters and the ambulance crews that may be going to different collision scenes. This is our police computer. And through this we get dispatched to calls and we can write up our police reports. And up here we have the controls for the camera and a little tv screen where we can view what we are recording.>>Kerris: My name is Kerris, and I am 6 year old and my question is how do you turn on your car lights?>>Sgt. Lecker: The actual controls for the
lights are located on this panel here. The main and red blue lights that everybody likes to see are on this switch. If I turn it to the first position, now it
is only recording what happens, it is only lighting what happens behind us. If I turn
it to the middle position, now it is going in the front and back. If I turn it to the
last position, now all the lights on the car are lit up, and it’s also flashing on and
off on the headlights. This is our maximum light setting. The siren is also located up here, and that’s a siren button.>>Brady: My name is Brady, and I am 5 years old, how many police cars do you have?>>Sgt. Lecker: Well Brady the RCMP across Canada has almost twelve thousand police vehicles. Some of them are cars, some of them are trucks, some of them are motorcycles and some of them are all terrain vehicles, but all together
we have almost twelve thousand vehicles patrolling Canada.>>Adrian: My name is Adrian and I am 7 years old. What’s a ghost car?>>Sgt. Lecker: Adrian, this is one of our
traffic ghost cars that we have at Deas Island Traffic Services. Some of our ghost cars are four door cars, some of them are pickup trucks, some of them are vans. In this case it is
the same as the one we have marked. You’ll notice you don’t see any lights
on it, in addition to the lack of markings. Well all of the lights that you saw on the
other car are built into this car, except they are much smaller and they are harder to see when they are turned off. But, if when I turn them on, you’ll see from the front, that it still has the same lights, the same siren and the same PA system. 6-year-old Oliver wants to know why we use Ghost cars in Traffic Services. When we are driving the unmarked cars, people behave in a more dangerous manner, than when we’re in the marked cars, and what we want are for people never to know when the police are watching. So this way we can not only deter them from driving aggressively when we’re in the marked car but also have them wondering if the police are watching when they don’t see us.>>Alyssa: My name is Alyssa, and I am 6 years old, my question is, if I don’t have my seatbelt on I’ll get arrested.>>Sgt. Lecker: Well Alyssa, we don’t really want to arrest anyone, certainly not children. Our job is to keep you as safe as possible
when you are in your car. And the seatbelt is the easiest and best way to keep you safe in a collision. If your seatbelt is making you uncomfortable, what you have to do is check and make sure you are wearing it properly. Because a simple change of your position or the seatbelt setting, I am sure will make that seatbelt much more comfortable to wear.