SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The South Portland Police Department has installed new technology to alert officers when a cruiser is getting too hot for a police dog.

When it gets too hot inside the vehicle, a device sets off the cruiser’s siren, alerting the officer it’s too hot for his or her dog.

“Even a few minutes of leaving the animal in the vehicle, even if there’s cracks in the windows, we have found several times over the past few years that I’ve been here that the temperature inside the vehicle doesn’t take long to get over 100 degrees and to the point where the dogs are suffering in the vehicle,” Officer Kevin Theriault said.

This type of technology isn’t just for police; similar systems also are available to the public.