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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

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

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

Next-Gen Patrol Cars Raise the Bar in Michigan

Next-Gen Patrol Cars Raise the Bar in Michigan

During the Michigan State Police's annual testing, which was covered live by POLICE Magazine in Chelsea, the Chevrolet Caprice and 2012 Ford Police Interceptor sedans were the top four-wheel performers, according to preliminary results.

September 20, 2010

Can Ford Sustain Its Dominance of the LE Vehicle Market?
Michigan State Police Will Test Five New-Vehicle Introductions
Rating the 2010 Patrol Cars

Rating the 2010 Patrol Cars

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department completed its annual evaluation of police vehicles and released separate reports on the motorcycles and patrol cars that POLICE Magazine obtained. We've given you the motorcycle evaluation. Now get ready for the patrol cars.

April 14, 2010

Michigan State Police Release 2010 Vehicle Test Results
L.A. County Sheriff Tests 2010 Patrol Vehicles

L.A. County Sheriff Tests 2010 Patrol Vehicles

Each year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department pushes the new crop of patrol vehicles to their limit at a California speedway, as part of an annual performance and safety evaluation.

October 26, 2009

Michigan State Police To Test 2010 Patrol Vehicles

Michigan State Police To Test 2010 Patrol Vehicles

The Michigan State Police's driving unit will evaluate the 2010 models of patrol cars, motorcycles and SUVs later this month and post the performance results on its website in early October, according to the unit's Lt. Keith Wilson.

September 3, 2009

Performance Tests: 2009 Police Vehicles

Performance Tests: 2009 Police Vehicles

Each year, the Michigan State Police evaluate the crop of new patrol cars, SUVs and motorcycles for law enforcement agencies. If you missed the initial release and are still wondering how the 2009 models performed, read more.

July 15, 2009

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