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How to Use Police Vehicle Tests

How to Use Police Vehicle Tests

The agencies that test new model-year, pursuit-rated vehicles offer complementary evaluations and differing methodologies that give them equal weight among vehicle purchasers.

November 1, 2012

Improving Officer Driving Skills

Improving Officer Driving Skills

Training is often a casualty of budget issues, and driver training usually doesn't rank as high on the priorities list as training in firearms and defensive tactics. But what activity do you engage in most while on duty? Unless you walk a beat, it's most likely driving.

May 1, 2012

2012 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Motorcycles

2012 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Motorcycles

Michigan State Police tested new cruisers from Victory Motorcycles—the Commander I and Vision—among the six police motorcycles to be offered in the 2012 model year.

November 11, 2011

2012 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Patrol Cars

2012 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Patrol Cars

Chrysler's Dodge Charger Pursuit, General Motors' Chevy Caprice PPV, and Ford's Police Interceptor are now the talk of the police vehicle world, as the Big 3 battle to see what company and what car will take the lion's share of what has been undeniably the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor's market.

November 11, 2011

2011 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Motorcycles

2011 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Motorcycles

Kawasaki's Concours 14P ABS motorcycle turned heads when it was relaunched in May (Kawasaki initially introduced it in 2009), and may have generated the most off-line conversations at this year's Michigan State Police vehicle testing.

December 9, 2010

2011 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Patrol Cars

2011 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Patrol Cars

The Michigan State Police have been driving and rating new police vehicles since 1974. But this year is special. The agency's precision drivers say they would be hard-pressed to name a year of testing that's generated more discussion and anticipation than this one.

December 9, 2010

2008 Michigan Vehicle Tests

2008 Michigan Vehicle Tests

In the words of one EVOC trainer, "Every officer wants the best vehicle they can get their hands on. Every department wants the most cost-effective fleet possible. Somewhere in between is probably the best place to be."

December 1, 2007

2007 Michigan Vehicle Tests

2007 Michigan Vehicle Tests

Every fall, law enforcement vehicles are tested by two of the nation’s premier law enforcement agencies: the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police. This year, Ford brought a hybrid vehicle.

May 1, 2007

Driver’s Education

This column is generally about defensive tactics or ways to give yourself an edge in a gunfight. Each month, you flip open your Police magazine and on or about this page there’s a column by a martial artist that tells you how to stun an attacker with a forearm blast or an article about what to do when your trusty sidearm jams and all hell is breaking loose.

April 1, 2005

2003 Michigan Vehicle Tests

2003 Michigan Vehicle Tests

Each fall the big three of U.S. police car makers turn their latest models over to test drivers from the Michigan State Police for comprehensive evaluations at the DaimlerChrysler proving grounds in Chelsea, Mich., and timed laps at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Mich.

December 1, 2002

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