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LAPD Evaluates Driver Training with Patrol-Car Choice

LAPD Evaluates Driver Training with Patrol-Car Choice

The Los Angeles Police Department has yet to choose its Crown Vic replacement patrol car, but that hasn't kept the agency's emergency driving trainers from discussing changes in how recruits are trained behind the wheel.

March 22, 2012

L.A. County Sheriff Tests 2012-13 Patrol Vehicles
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

Michigan State Police Publish 2012 Test Report

Michigan State Police Publish 2012 Test Report

The MSP Precision Driving Unit tested 19 patrol vehicles for acceleration, braking, high-speed handling, and other tests. Six motorcycles were included in the group.

November 17, 2011

Michigan State Police Test 2012 Patrol Cars

Michigan State Police Test 2012 Patrol Cars

A vehicle that can reach 150 mph certainly presents officer-safety concerns, yet officers may sleep more soundly knowing the capabilities these new vehicles bring to the table.

September 26, 2011

Dodge Considers Durango, Ram for Officers

Dodge Considers Durango, Ram for Officers

Chrysler may produce law enforcement versions of its Dodge Durango and Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 if the automaker determines there's a market for the vehicles, company executives told POLICE Magazine.

September 20, 2011

Beyond the Crown Vic: MSP Tests 19 Vehicles for 2012

Beyond the Crown Vic: MSP Tests 19 Vehicles for 2012

For the first time in two decades, Ford's mainstay Crown Vic Police Interceptor will be absent from the track, when the Michigan State Police commence their annual test of law enforcement vehicles in September.

August 12, 2011

LAPD's Next-Generation Chevy Caprice

LAPD's Next-Generation Chevy Caprice

The Los Angeles Police Department's "smart car" concept for its next patrol cruiser may not be able to outmaneuver the Batmobile, yet it's loaded with enough high-tech features to catch plenty of non-comic book crooks.

July 21, 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

Police EVOC Trainers Give Driving Notes on the 2011 Patrol Cars

Police EVOC Trainers Give Driving Notes on the 2011 Patrol Cars

Drivers from the Los Angeles Sheriff's annual vehicle testing provided driving notes, which are concise observations that read like a Zagat restaurant review entry, as one element of their evaluation of the performance and safety features of the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV, 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit, and 2012 Ford Police Interceptor sedan.

April 25, 2011

Should Patrol Cars Be More Fuel Efficient?

Should Patrol Cars Be More Fuel Efficient?

Without releasing specific mpg ratings for its new patrol vehicles, the company announced the sedan would offer a 20% improvement on fuel usage over the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

March 31, 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

Final Michigan Vehicle Test Report Arrives

Final Michigan Vehicle Test Report Arrives

The Precision Driving Unit tested 18 patrol vehicles for acceleration, braking, high-speed handling, and other tests. Four motorcycles were included in the group.

January 11, 2011

9 Tales of Patrol Vehicle Cheer

9 Tales of Patrol Vehicle Cheer

We asked members of the POLICE Magazine Facebook page if they have decorated their patrol vehicle in a seasonal theme. We were pleasantly surprised by the stories you told us, one of which involved a "decapitated Santa head."

December 22, 2010

L.A. County Sheriff Tests 2011-12 Patrol Vehicles

L.A. County Sheriff Tests 2011-12 Patrol Vehicles

The same vehicles tested in Michigan — new entries included Ford's 2012 Police Interceptors, Chevrolet's 2011 Caprice PPV, and Kawasaki's Concours 14P motorcycle — arrived in Fontana along with two rear-axle ratio 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit cars, Honda's ST1300 motorcycle, and an alt-fuel conversion Ford Crown Vic.

November 18, 2010