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The NYPD is adopting the Rumbler vibration signal, adding it to 500 vehicles by summer. Photo via Federal Signal.

NYPD Adds Rumbler Siren To Cruisers

February 17, 2011
The Rumbler senses the primary siren tone signal and reduces the signal's frequency by 75 percent. It then amplifies the sound through two subwoofers.
Photo courtesy of California Highway Patrol.

California Governor Curtails CHP's Purchase of New Patrol Vehicles

February 15, 2011
The California Highway Patrol's Capt. Bill Peters, commander of the CHP's Fleet Operations Section, is lobbying for more than half of an order of about 750 patrol cars for 2011 that has stalled due to the state's economic woes.

Stray Trailer Strikes Arizona Tribal Officer's Cruiser, Killing Him

February 14, 2011
San Carlos Apache Police Officer Aaron Peru, 26, was killed Sunday, when a stray trailer struck his vehicle, while he headed to an afternoon meeting.

Chattanooga Reverses Take-Home Fees for Officers

February 14, 2011
In early January, the city began charging officers 20 cents a mile for those who live in the city and 30 cents per mile for those living outside city limits. Those who live outside the city will continue paying the take-home vehicle fee.

Conn. State Police Outfit 400 Vehicles With In-Car Video

February 14, 2011
The contract covers installation of Panasonic's Toughbook Arbitrator 360 in-car digital video system, which can record, transfer and store 360-degree high-quality digital video. Evidence can be transferred automatically to police station servers using wireless hotspots.

N.J. Township Renews Lease To Upgrade Police Motorcycles

February 11, 2011
The Bloomfield Township (N.J.) PD can now upgrade its motorcycle fleet under a program that has expanded to include other types of equipment, such as police cruisers, EMS vehicles, fire trucks, buses, tactical vehicles, or surveillance equipment.

Rockwell Collins' iForce System Increases Situational Awareness for Officers

February 10, 2011
Rockwell Collins' iForce system, which was unveiled at IACP 2010, allows officers to control radio, electronics and computer functions in their patrol vehicle using a single interface.
Zero Motorcycle redesigned and upgraded its DS (pair shown) electric motorcycle. Photo courtesy of Zero.

Zero Upgrades Electric Motorcycles for 2011

February 9, 2011
The Zero S and Zero DS have been given a new look; and the street and dual sport models will become the world's first production electric motorcycles to feature a maintenance-free belt drive system. Zero has also increased the capacity of the power packs by 12.5% to extend the motorcycles' range.

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Questions Troopers' Take-Home Vehicles

February 7, 2011
The Cuomo administration says it's looking at whether New York state needs to buy, fuel and maintain nearly 60,000 vehicles in fleets, including nearly 3,500 trooper cars. About half of those vehicle are assigned to investigators and command officers.
Photo courtesy of American Eurocopter.

Texas DPS Adds Two AS350 B3 Helicopters

February 5, 2011
In addition to law enforcement and patrol missions, the mission scope of Texas DPS now includes search and rescue, tactical operations and homeland security missions throughout the state. The AS350 B3 copters will give Texas DPS additional payload, range and endurance to enhance their capacity to respond to these vital missions.
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