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2002 Police Vehicle Roundup

Our guide to the latest peace officer transports for land, sea, and air.

February 01, 2002  |  by - Also by this author


Smith & Wesson's mountain bike division now offers the Custom FS model new for 2002, named for its durable oversize aluminum four-bar linkage FS frame. The bike uses air suspension technology and 27-speed drivetrain to provide a smooth ride even on tough terrain. This lightweight model also allows you to lock out the rear suspension to reduce loss of energy when pedaling and climbing.

Trek, a frame and wheel manufacturer, focuses its energy on the quality of these features on its police bike. The frame is hand built and undergoes a lengthy process to ensure the maximum strength to weight ratio. The wheels boast triple walled rims for ultimate strength and durability.

The ZAP tactical bicycle is equipped with rugged mountain bike components like RockShox suspension, 24-speed Shimano rapid-fire shifting and Avid SD25 V-Brakes. The tactical bike also uses the same motor system as ZAP's 20 MPH DX bicycle.

Heavy Duty

LDV creates command vehicles to fit each agency's specifications. The Fairfax County (Md.) PD owns a 39.5-foot vehicle that contains, among other features, two TVs and VCRs, a fax/copier, 11 radios, several laptops (some with GPS mapping software), a digital satellite system and two diesel 10kW generators. Air conditioning and lavatories are of course also included.

LENCO's BearCat is the company's newest vehicle. It is very secure, with vertical body panels built with 3/8" AR-500 ballistic steel and double-welded seams. In addition, the BearCat's angular body design increases ballistic resistance through deflection.

S.W.A.T.E.C.'s H.A.R.A.S. (Height Adjustable Rescue Assault System) uses wide, stable platforms and high traction stairways to ensure easy and safe access to almost any elevated conveyance or structure. Absolutely no tools are required to install or remove any or all components of the system.


Kawasaki’s Prairie 650 is a new model, bigger and capable of hauling more with its V-twin four-stroke engine. It also offers a selectable four-wheel drive, electronically controlled engine braking and a sealed multi-disc rear braking system.

Polaris’ Sportsman 700 Twin features independent rear suspension, automatic Polaris Variable Transmission and MacPherson strut front suspension. All 2002 Polaris ATVs come standard with single-lever all-wheel hydraulic disc brakes and full floorboards, among other features.

Yamaha’s Big Bear 400 4x4, a mid-size ATV, has a Hi/Lo/Reverse Ultramatic automatic transmission, high-mounted radiator and powerful 401cc liquid-cooled engine. Its convenient push-button On-Command In/Out 4WD and speedometer and odometer make this model easy to use.


Bombardier’s Ski-Doo Legend snowmobile combines the aggressive performance of a cross-country sled with the comfort and refined features of a touring sled. The Legend SE package boasts a high performance, adjust on-the-fly electronic shock system that lets you choose how you want your sled to ride. It offers responsive acceleration, a solid stance and convenience features. All Legend models come loaded with electric start, Rotax Electronic Reverse, side mirrors and a visor outlet. Hand warmers, thumb warmers and a protective high windshield help keep you warm as you ride.

Among  Polaris’ most popular snowmobiles is the Trail Sport line, which  includes the Indy 500. This liquid-cooled snowmobile has Controlled Roll Center steering, the Polaris Sound Reduction Package, and the brake has a new braided steel brake line for 2002. Also new for 2002 are the hood closures that can be closed to prevent snow ingestion as well as a more easy-to-read speedometer.


Bell’s model 407 has a maximum cruise speed of 154 mph, a long range cruise speed of 136 mph, and a maximum endurance of 3.8 hours. Its standard internal useful load is 2,360 lbs., which leaves room for important equipment, including tactical radios, infrared/TV imaging systems and a rescue hoist.

Groen Brothers Aviation’s Hawk 4 Gyroplane has a range of 363 miles at its cruising speed of 132 mph at sea level and has a maximum speed of 148 mph. This gyroplane has a 2-blade system of 42-foot rotor blades. The aircraft seats four and has a useful load of 1,030 lbs.

Robinson Helicopter Company’s R-44 has a 130 mph cruise speed that gets air support officers where they need to be, fast. The helicopter’s hydraulic flight controls eliminate stick shake and control forces in flight. The helicopter is customizable with a long list of police equipment, which is custom installed to prevent drag.

Schweizer’s model 333 has a useful load of 1,300 lbs. with a typical cruising speed of 115 mph and a standard 73 gallon fuel capacity. It can operate at altitudes up to 13,000 feet, so mountain rescues are not a problem.


DaimlerChrysler’s GEM (Global Electric Motorcars) runs on six 12-volt batteries and has a range of 30 miles on an eight-hour, 110-volt charge. Both two- and four-passenger versions are available.

Ford’s Th!nk Neighbor electric car comes equipped with six deep cycle batteries, three-point seat belts and bucket seats. A fully enclosed model is also available, complete with a safety glass windshield, wipers and heating.

Kawasaki’s Mule 550  powered by a durable 286cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke industrial engine. It’s two-person bench seat has separate bottom and back cushions, hip restraints on each side and two seat belts. Options include a cab heater, cab covers and windshield with optional windshield wiper for wet weather.

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