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Why do police officers synchronize their flashing lights?

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Guelph police adopt headlight synchronization technology they find useful during operations with multiple patrol vehicles .

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More and more police forces are using a system to synchronize the flashing lights of patrol cars.

This is the case of the police in Guelph, Ontario, one of the first to adopt this practice in the country. The system primarily serves as a message to de-escalate a situation. It calms things down on the scene during a police operation, assures James Turow, vehicle fleet coordinator for the Guelph police.

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Matthew Ayers is the Strategic Sales Manager for SoundOff Signal, the first company to market with a beacon synchronization system. It's part of the force's de-escalation message, according to him.

How you present yourself is a big part of the message, he says. He gives the example of a police officer in a dirty uniform compared to an officer with impeccable clothes and polished boots: you will feel differently when you see this policeman, he believes.

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A police car with flashing lights on.

Synchronized headlight technology would help drivers better adapt when approaching a scene where there are patrol cars. Before, it was blinding and distracting for agents and the public, believes James Turow.

The colors are intense. It can be overwhelming, especially at night, says Matthew Ayers. When the information to be processed is unpredictable, it can become a problem for motorists to understand what they are supposed to do, he adds.

For James Turow, the choice of this new system was easy to make in 2020, because it ensures that it was less expensive than the previous one, in addition to offering these new synchronization possibilities.

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He also adds that he received questions from citizens who noticed the synchronization of the flashing lights.

According to Matthew Ayers, half of SoundOff Signal's customers now buy this technology which is in vogue. He adds that synchronization of the flashing lights can be done with all emergency vehicles on site, including fire trucks and ambulances.

The Toronto and Montreal police departments, among others, have not adopted this technology.

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