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Going Big: SUVs for Patrol

Going Big: SUVs for Patrol

Many law enforcement agencies were unsure about what to do next when Ford retired the Crown Vic. Now agencies are buying SUVs to replace sedans for a variety of reasons.

November 12, 2014

In-car Video: Eyes on the Road
Lenco BombCat: Built to Take the Blast

Lenco BombCat: Built to Take the Blast

Known to the company and its customers as the "BombCat," the EOD model BearCat was, like most of the company's products, the result of a customer request.

May 2, 2014

Pursuit Tracking

Pursuit Tracking

The StarChase system uses a patrol car-mounted launcher to shoot a GPS tracking device at a fleeing vehicle. Officers can catch up to the vehicle later without speeding after it.

March 14, 2014

Electric Motorcycles on Patrol

Electric Motorcycles on Patrol

While it's unlikely that all-electric cars will replace their gasoline-powered counterparts for law enforcement patrol duty, smaller electric vehicles have made inroads into police fleets.

November 5, 2013

Military Surplus Gear: Abuse It and Lose It

Military Surplus Gear: Abuse It and Lose It

Last month the Defense Department cut off a very valuable resource for many of the nation's 17,000 law enforcement agencies. The Pentagon's 1033 program provides cash-strapped police and sheriff's departments with free military surplus.

July 10, 2012

L-3 Mobile-Vision's V-One In-Car Computer

L-3 Mobile-Vision's V-One In-Car Computer

The engineers and designers at L-3 Mobile-Vision had a clear mission when they started to develop the company's next generation of mobile computers. They wanted to incorporate many of the best features of consumer computers-ergonomic design, fast processors, and abundant connectivity-into a high-end fully rugged mobile system.

July 5, 2011

High-Tech Engines in the New Cop Cars

High-Tech Engines in the New Cop Cars

The end of the Crown Vic has heralded one of the most exciting eras in the history of law enforcement vehicles. The first true 21st century police cars have extremely sophisticated engines.

February 3, 2011

Kawasaki's Concours 14P: Blue Streak

Kawasaki's Concours 14P: Blue Streak

Today, Kawasaki is once again making police bikes. The company's new Concours 14 represents its attempt at recapturing a share of the law enforcement market.

June 7, 2010

Raging Bull

Raging Bull

Can the police version of the Taurus sustain Ford's domination of the patrol car market? What we can say now is that the NGPI is a fine-looking automobile with the sleek lines of a luxury sports sedan; it performs like a muscle car; and it was designed from the ground up for police duty.

April 8, 2010

The Next Generation of Patrol Cars

The police patrol vehicle market is not known for revolutionary innovation. But that business model is now metamorphosing in response to a rapidly evolving automobile market. This means that the once staid patrol car market is becoming turbulent and more innovative.

February 25, 2010

Bright Ideas in Lightbars

Bright Ideas in Lightbars

Today, law enforcement lightbars are becoming even more high-tech with the adoption of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and computer controls. Many lightbars also now feature modular design that allows an agency to replace and repair modules rather than the entire system.

December 29, 2009

Cruising for a Bruising

Cruising for a Bruising

Even though it was toward the back of the exhibit hall, it was hard to miss Oshkosh Defense's new Tactical Protector Vehicle (TPV) at this year's International Association of Chiefs of Police show. It's an imposing vehicle.

December 22, 2009

Seeing Red

Seeing Red

Code 3 reps won't say what makes the multipatented TriCore Technology twice as bright as its LED, halogen, or strobe light-equipped lightbars. All the company will reveal is that TriCore is truly a departure from conventional lightbar technology.

February 1, 2009

Coming Attraction: Carbon Motors' E7 Patrol Car

Coming Attraction: Carbon Motors' E7 Patrol Car

The Carbon Motors E7 prototype patrol vehicle looks something like a cross between an exotic sports car and a prop vehicle from a science fiction film. Its body styling is dynamic, muscular, almost startling, and it has the ability to visibly excite police audiences.

February 1, 2009