Beyond the Patrol Car

Police officers cannot travel by squad car alone. From motorcycles to ARVs, different details require different modes of transportation.

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Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson Motor Company has a century-long history with law enforcement. Its 2010 models include the FLHTP Electra Glide, FLHP Road King, and 883L Sportster. Both the FLHTP and FLHP have the company's new 1690cc Twin Cam 103 engine, six-speed transmission with a helical-cut fifth gear for smoother shifting and improved transmission sound, and optional ABS.

Other new features on the 2010 FLHTP Electra Glide include easy access law enforcement saddlebags and a 2-1-2 exhaust system that re-routes the exhaust away from the rider. Additional optional features include LED lighting systems and a Tour-Pak system with easy plug-and play installation and a self-contained design that lets the LEDs function without draining the battery.

Lenco B.E.A.R. and BearCat

Lenco's BearCat and the larger B.E.A.R. (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response) ARVs are built on commercial truck chassis using commercial parts. Both ARVs have certified hardened steel armor and ballistic glass capable of multi-hits, blast-resistant floors, specially designed gunports, roof hatches, and multiple ingress/egress doors.

The B.E.A.R. transports up to 15 personnel and can evacuate 25 to 30 persons. This is an ARV with multiple uses, including emergency/hostage rescue and TEMS. The interior compartment is capable of housing the logistics needs of most SWAT teams. Smaller than the B.E.A.R., the BearCat is well suited to easy maneuvering, particularly in urban and suburban environments with narrow streets. It features Patriot3's Liberator ETS. Both ARVs are capable of maintaining highway speeds.

Oshkosh Defense TPV

With a 116-inch wheelbase, a ground clearance of 13 inches, a width of 85 inches, and a governed speed of almost 75 mph, the Oshkosh Defense Tactical Protector Vehicle (TPV) can operate on almost any city street or rural road, and with optional four-wheel drive it doesn't need roads.

The TPV has space for four to eight fully equipped tactical officers, depending on seating configuration. Buyers can order the vehicle with bucket seats up front and two benches in the back or with four buckets. It's built on a Ford F550 chassis with a 325-horsepower turbocharged V-8 engine. The same Integrated Survivability System (ISS) armor used on the TPV is used on the company's military vehicles.


Patriot3 RAID

The Patriot3 RAID (Rescue, Access, Intervention, Deployment)  allows teams to deploy into second and third stories and perform hostage rescue operations, aircraft and bus assaults, and perimeter breaching.

The RAID is built on a Ford E350 Cargo Van chassis with a diesel engine and a Quigley 4x4 transmission. It has upgraded tires and suspension. The interior is finished with tactical seating, storage, and lighting to accommodate 10 fully equipped tactical officers. The RAID is mounted with a Liberator ETS ramp system for elevated tactical capabilities. Options include RETRAX Running Boards, FAST (Fast Rope System), SAS (Side Assault System), and NIJ Level III armor for the windshield and driver's window.

Reeves Incident Command Post

Reeves' Incident Command Post (ICP) is a trailer and shelter combination that allows law enforcement responders to establish a fully equipped interoperable incident command post through which multiple organizations can communicate with each other regardless of discrepancies in equipment and hardware.

With a starting weight of less than 3,000 pounds and 18 inches of ground clearance, the ICP's lightweight, aerodynamic design can easily be towed behind most vehicles, even off road. Once at the scene, the rugged, military-grade shelter can be deployed with minimal personnel in minutes. Optional packages include satellite communications, Internet access, and an integrated command and control system.

Supreme Specialty Vehicles Avenger

Designed for SWAT teams, Supreme Specialty Vehicles' Avenger seats 10 to 12 fully equipped operators behind Level III armor. The four-wheel-drive armored car is built on a GM chassis with a GM 5500 diesel engine that produces 300 horsepower and a six-speed Allyson transmission. This gives the Avenger enough power and traction to reach highway speeds of up to 70 mph.

The Avenger features eight gunports, tow hooks, grab bars (all doors), running boards (sides and rear), and ladder roof access. Innovative features include front doors that swing open to the rear with optional electro-magnetic door hold-backs and an optional roof hatch with rotating turret and a stowable, height-adjustable turret platform.

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