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Looking Back: The Great American Police Car
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

Vehicle Spotlight: The Armored Group BATT-X and Discreet Armored Suburban
The Next Generation of Patrol Vehicles

The Next Generation of Patrol Vehicles

Look at the current police vehicle and consumer vehicle trends and you can make predictions about what you'll be driving on duty in the next decade.

February 8, 2018

Law Enforcement Vehicles 2016

Law Enforcement Vehicles 2016

Law enforcement agencies have many choices when it comes to vehicles designed to propel officers from call to call. Here's a look at a range of modes of transportation available to you for traversing land, water, and air on duty.

February 29, 2016

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

Beating the Power Crunch

Beating the Power Crunch

Electrical demands are a major concern with law enforcement vehicles. This was true with early police vehicles when lighting, electro-mechanical "growler" sirens, and two-way radios severely taxed automotive electrical systems, and it's true today when high-tech lightbars, mobile data terminals, video cameras, and other power-hungry gadgets have become standard equipment.

December 1, 2002

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

Performance Review--Road Testing the 2002 Cop Cars

Performance Review--Road Testing the 2002 Cop Cars

No one other than a patrol officer is better able to understand the vital role of a police vehicle in today's law enforcement. The wrong vehicle can affect officer morale, reduce efficiency and increase a department's operating costs appreciably.

February 2, 2002

Chevy’s 'Ride And Drive’

Chevy’s 'Ride And Drive’

Chevy's "Ride and Drive" is an opportunity to introduce new technology (in this case, the new Impala police package) to writers and cops from around the country. I rubbed elbows with uniforms from many states and there were plenty of serious, squinty-eyed stares going on as the performance was duly noted in notebooks and on video.

October 1, 2001

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