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Patrol Vehicles 2019

Patrol Vehicles 2019

This year the Big 3 are offering new SUVs, new engines, and new features for law enforcement fleets.

February 2, 2019

Law Enforcement Vehicles 2017

Law Enforcement Vehicles 2017

There is no one-size-fits-all vehicle solution for law enforcement. Here is a look at the wide range of vehicles available to meet the needs of today's law enforcement officers.

February 7, 2017

What's New on the 2015 Tahoe PPV

What's New on the 2015 Tahoe PPV

The 2015 Tahoe PPV is Chevy's first pursuit-rated SUV to come with four-wheel drive. In addition, the exterior and interior have been redesigned, and the engine is now a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 with standard direct injection, Active Fuel Management, and continuously variable valve timing.

June 30, 2015

Chevy Tahoe PPV: Redesigned and Ready for Duty

Chevy Tahoe PPV: Redesigned and Ready for Duty

Chevy's Tahoe patrol vehicle is fast and nimble, it corners well, and it has a good turning radius. It's also comfortable, offers a higher vantage point than a patrol sedan, and can carry a lot more gear than a car. So I couldn't wait to test and evalulate the new 2015 Tahoe PPV with four-wheel-drive.

June 30, 2015

Going Big: SUVs for Patrol

Going Big: SUVs for Patrol

Many law enforcement agencies were unsure about what to do next when Ford retired the Crown Vic. Now agencies are buying SUVs to replace sedans for a variety of reasons.

November 12, 2014

AWD Patrol Vehicles Gain Traction

AWD Patrol Vehicles Gain Traction

Traditionally, police vehicles have arrived for duty with rear-wheel or front-wheel drive. Starting with the 2015 model year, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors will offer at least one police vehicle in an all-wheel or four-wheel-drive configuration.

November 5, 2013

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

Chevy Tahoe: Large and In Charge

Chevy Tahoe: Large and In Charge

Contrary to some rumors, size does matter. This is just one of the many things the 2007 Chevy Tahoe has going for it. The Tahoe makes a strong impression. While test driving the PD-equipped model for this article, I had many people stop to take a long look and ask me questions about it.

May 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

2007 Chevy Tahoe PPV

It was my fault. I entered the hairpin curve way too fast, and the SUV I was driving went into a spin. But I had two things going for me that prevented the spin from being dangerous: I was in the 2007 Chevy Tahoe Police Package Vehicle and I was on a closed course at GM’s Scottsdale, Ariz., proving grounds.

January 1, 2007

Patrol Cars: Class of 2006

Yes, I've seen a lot of police cars over the years, but I don't think I've ever seen a better-looking crop of patrol cars than the class of 2006. Each one of these cars has great lines. They look both modern and a bit retro. And they have plenty of engine to get the job done.

May 1, 2006

Ready for Duty

Police vehicles serve many functions. They are symbols of law and order that help deter motorists from speeding and other people from committing serious offenses. They’re also rolling offices for sworn personnel, equipment haulers, and prisoner transportation systems. The list of all the tasks required of police vehicles could go on for a long time.

April 1, 2005

Office Space

Office Space

"I don't believe it! There's actually room in these cars! Why, I can sit here; I can put my briefcase next to me, and I even have room for my partner!" That's what my partner exclaimed at the end of a shift back in the early '80s. That old Malibu was positively empty compared to modern patrol units.

December 1, 2002

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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