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The New Recruits: In-Service Cop Cars

The New Recruits: In-Service Cop Cars

Agencies with fleet-replacement budgets have begun selecting the Chevrolet Caprice PPV, Dodge Charger Pursuit, Ford Police Interceptor sedan, and Ford P.I. Utility to patrol their jurisdictions. And the first wave of new-era patrol cars—with agency badging, logos, and color schemes—have reached the streets.

August 6, 2012

Keeping the Crown Vic

Keeping the Crown Vic

As the new patrol cars become more readily available from the Detroit automakers, many agencies are choosing their new enforcement vehicle. However, for others the decision is on hold. For a variety of reasons they are choosing to stay with the Crown Vic.

July 17, 2012

Using a Reverse Auction To Buy Patrol Vehicles

Using a Reverse Auction To Buy Patrol Vehicles

The Chicago Police Department opted for a rarely used online "reverse auction" to acquire its new patrol vehicles for a good price. The department used the eBay-style auction earlier this year to award contracts to two Chicago-area car dealers to supply the Ford Police Interceptor sedan and P.I. Utility.

June 22, 2012

LAPD Launches Cost-Reduction Study for Fleet

LAPD Launches Cost-Reduction Study for Fleet

The Los Angeles Police Department's fleet manager has outlined several cost-control measures to address rising costs, including a study of major fleet costs to develop strategies for reducing top expenditures for fuel, tires, brake components, and big-ticket components such as transmissions and engines.

April 17, 2012

GM Gives Chevy Caprice PPV Update

GM Gives Chevy Caprice PPV Update

Executives with General Motors' law enforcement fleet unit said building their Chevrolet Caprice PPV in Australia doesn't put them at a competitive disadvantage because the vehicle is well-suited for patrol work.

February 10, 2012

One Way To Help Finance New Squads

One Way To Help Finance New Squads

To help finance the purchase of new patrol cars, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is considering an out-of-the-box option—selling off its fully equipped higher-mileage cars to smaller departments.

November 30, 2011

Choosing Caprice

Choosing Caprice

The Montclair (Calif.) Police Department chose Caprice to replace its aging Crown Vics due to the spacious cabin, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 6.0-liter V-8 engine, and dynamic braking.

November 11, 2011

How Is Your Agency Choosing Its New Patrol Car?

How Is Your Agency Choosing Its New Patrol Car?

Our compatriots at Government Fleet (a sister publication of POLICE) asked fleet managers how they're choosing their new pursuit vehicle, and published their responses at the Anonymous Public Fleet Manager blog. While the responses shouldn't be taken as a scientific survey, the anecdotal answers do shed light on the decision-making process.

June 29, 2011

Texas Agency's Auxiliary Charging Keeps Cruisers Running

Texas Agency's Auxiliary Charging Keeps Cruisers Running

The Tomball PD implemented a plug-in solution that feeds enough juice to cruiser batteries when they're parked, and conditions the batteries so they don't overcharge, giving the cars just the right electrical charge to power the vehicle, low-voltage Whelen LED light bars, Mobile Data Computers (MDCs) and radio gear.

January 28, 2011

Buying Surveillance Cars at Dealer Auctions

Buying Surveillance Cars at Dealer Auctions

When the fleet manager for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department needs to replenish the agency's fleet of surveillance cars, he uses a method that other LE agencies may not know exists: He buys the cars at private dealer auctions.

March 22, 2010