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Quincy Police testing for carbon monoxide leak

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Potentially poisonous toxins leaking into police vehicles has the Quincy Police Department looking at its fleet.

Police departments across the U.S. report high levels of carbon monoxide being detected inside Ford Explorer Police Interceptor models from 2011 to 2017. QPD says they learned about the problem last week and started testing their cars.

So far, none of them tested for high levels, but officials say they're not done testing.

"We take the health of all of our officers very seriously," Deputy Chief Doug VanderMaiden said. "There's no sense in taking a risk and letting them be exposed when we can actually do little things to make sure the vehicles are safe."

Twenty-one of QPD's vehicles are Ford Explorer Police Interceptors. Officials say if a car tests for high levels, they have cars in reserve to replace it while it's being fixed. The department is also looking at installing permanent carbon monoxide testers in all the cars.

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