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How to Manage Your Fleet During a Disaster

How to Manage Your Fleet During a Disaster

Making sure vehicles are available to respond to calls during an event like a wildfire taxes resources and requires adjusting procedures in ways you might not have considered.

December 16, 2018

How to Remarket Patrol Vehicles
How to Find Funding for Specialty Vehicles

How to Find Funding for Specialty Vehicles

The Homeland Security grants that seemed to grow on trees after 9/11 are not as plentiful as they once were. But that's not to say law enforcement agencies can't obtain grant funding for specialty vehicles. They just might need to approach it differently. 

August 17, 2012

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

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

The Recession Need Not Cripple Fleet Replacement Programs
13 Factors in Selecting a Police Unit Upfitter

13 Factors in Selecting a Police Unit Upfitter

Preparing a service-ready police unit may require more work than a small garage staff can handle, even with preplanning and experience. If a fleet staff is too busy maintaining in-service vehicles, outsourcing may be the solution.

June 15, 2010

Saving Green by Going Green

Saving Green by Going Green

"We are all looking to reduce future costs," says Chief Robert Stewart of the Cotati (Calif.) Police Department, whose department sought to save money by reducing its energy use with a new police facility. While green features added $700,000 to the project's final tab, Stewart expects a rapid return on the investment in reduced energy costs.

October 14, 2009

Gas Pains

Gas Pains

When law enforcement agencies were putting together their fiscal year budgets for 2008, few municipal or county administrators could have forecast the impact of skyrocketing gas prices.

July 1, 2008

How to Stretch Your Fleet Dollar

Managing the rising costs of police fleets is a challenge that all law enforcement agencies are facing. Fortunately, there are technologies available to help fleet managers better manage these costs and save their departments thousands of dollars annually.

April 1, 2008

Safer by Design

Safer by Design

It's unrealistic to believe all deaths and injuries can be prevented from traffic accidents, of course, but striving toward that goal will undoubtedly help reduce such incidents.

April 1, 2008

How to Equip Patrol Cars

Most law enforcement agencies have been through the process of buying and equipping cars many times before. But just because you’ve done it before doesn’t mean you have to do it the same way every time. There are many choices when it comes to outfitting your patrol cars with lightbars, partitions, deck lights, and all the other accoutrements that make cruisers patrol ready. Maybe it’s time for your department to look into the different options.

April 1, 2005

Cutting Car Costs

Keeping fleet operating costs under control is a top priority of police fleet managers, given the realities of budget shortfalls; however, with the 24/7 nature of patrol duty and other assignments, cutting operating costs can be a tall order. POLICE magazine spoke with fleet managers from large agencies throughout the country to find out how they do it.

April 1, 2005

Purchasing Patrol Cars: Vehicle Replacement Plans

Asking for the right amount of funding for purchasing patrol cars in the first place and wisely choosing how to spend it could put you ahead of the game. A vehicle replacement schedule is the best way to efficiently reach these goals.

July 1, 2003

How to...Purchase Patrol Cars

How to...Purchase Patrol Cars

You know your agency needs patrol cars, and that some new ones show up every year or so, but you might not be aware of the intricacies of the process. Keeping that process running smoothly could mean the difference between patrolling by car and walking your beat.

July 1, 2003

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