2016 Schedule of Events

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Sunday, August 21
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Ride & Drive Set Up
Location: Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy (OPOTA)
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) Hall D
Monday, August 22
8:00am – 5:00pm
Location: GICC, Outside Hall D
10:00am – 3:00pm
Ride & Drive Event
Location: OPOTA

Attendees will be bussed to the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy in London. OH. Busses will depart to/from the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). We will have multiple busses on rotation throughout the day. Attendees will be able to test drive the latest vehicles from Chevrolet, FCA & Ford, as well as some alternative vehicles, and observe several static displays of various vendors and chat with salespeople on hand. A complimentary boxed lunch will be provided at the event. You must have your badge and a wristband to attend. Both can be picked up at the Registration Booth at the convention center. This event runs rain or shine!

Busses will begin loading from the Greater Columbus Convention Center

Busses will begin departing from the GCCC and head to the track

Ride & Drive Event

11:45 – 1:00pm
Boxed lunch will be served

Last bus will depart OPOTA to return to the convention center

Sponsored by Chevrolet, FCA & Ford Motor Company
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Evening Sponsored Event
Location: TBA

More information to come!
Tuesday, August 23
8:00am – 4:00pm
Location: GCCC, Outside Hall D
8:30am – 9:00am
Opening Ceremony / Welcome Session
Location: GCCC,

9:15am – 3:15pm
Vehicle Manufacturer Dialogues
Location: GCCC,

During this session, each vehicle manufacturer addresses new vehicle model updates; service information; new programs and current issues focusing on police certified vehicles and other models used for various police functions. Attendees will have the opportunity to address the manufacturers with questions and/or concerns. Hear from the manufacturer experts on how to improve your fleet and inform your command of recent cutting-edge technology.

Class Objectives:
  • Get up-to-date information on current and future vehicle plans.
  • Learn what's new for the model year so you can begin planning your purchases.
  • Learn about service concerns possibly affecting your fleet.
  • Get one-on-one time with manufacturers to address your concerns.
  • Obtain key contact information from each manufacturer to assist you after the Expo.
9:15am – 10:30am Ford Motor Company


10:45am – 12pm Chevrolet Division
Presenters: Mr. Brian Bowden, U.S. Government Sales Manager, Mr. Dana Hammer, Manager, Law Enforcement Vehicles

12:00pm – 1:55pm

LUNCH – On Your Own

2:00pm – 3:15pm FCA
Presenters: Mr. David Callery, Program Manager, Law Enforcement & Emergency Response Vehicles, Mr. Bick Pratt, Sr. Manager, Head of Government Sales & Operations

3:30pm – 4:00pm Alternative Vehicles: Motorcycles
Location: GCCC

6:00pm – 10:00pm Evening Sponsored Event
Location: TBA

More information to come!
Wednesday, August 24
8:30am – 9:45am
Agency Networking Dialogues

Attendees are divided into three groups based on number of vehicles in the agency. This informal discussion covers a variety of topics based on what attendees want to discuss or “what keeps you up at night.” Some examples are vehicle service issues, procurement, vehicle sales, equipment issues and administrative roadblocks. Share ideas: exchange solutions, and know that you’re not alone with your issues.

Small Agency; Up to 50 Vehicles
Location: GCCC

Medium Agency; 50 to 150 Vehicles
Location: GCCC

Large and Federal Agencies; more than 150 Vehicles
Location: GCCC

Class Objectives:
  • Share ideas with your colleagues
  • Learn about successful programs that worked with agencies your same size
  • Network to continue the dialogue after you leave Louisville
  • Identify solutions for short- and long-term issues
  • Learn you're not alone tackling everyday challenges

10:00am – 11:00am
(3) Concurrent Sessions

1. Fleet Management 101
Location: GCCC
Managing your fleet today requires both technical and financial knowledge. You need to know what your costs are. What is your shop rate? You need to be able to brief the managers of your organization in what you do and how that benefits them. In this session we will talk about what tasks are important. We will discuss parts room costs and management and the productivity of your staff. Also, we'll discuss warranty recovery, fuel tax recovery, accident costs and hazard waste costs. We'll also cover when a vehicle should be repaired or replaced.

Class Objectives:
  • New equipment "in-processing" checklist
  • "Out-processing" sold equipment
  • Fleet mission statement
  • Parts room costs
  • Developing your service intervals
  • Warranty, fuel tax and accident recovery
  • Accident reports and cost-per-mile calculations
  • Equipment replacement goals
  • Cost to in-service a police car
  • Shop rates
  • Managed competition/privatization
Presenter: Mr. Bill DeRousse, DeRousse Fleet Services

2. Fleet Financing
Location: GCCC

Presenters: Ms. Joanne Cornier, The Bancorp Bank, DBA Mears Leasing, Mr. Bob Crowe, Acme Auto Leasing

3. Fleet Maintenance
Location: GCCC

Presenters: Capt. Matt Ayers, Sevierville Police Department, Mr. John Croop, Kent State University UFM-Fleet Services
11:15am – 12:15pm
(3) Concurrent Sessions

4. Tire Forensics
Location: GCCC

This is an interactive workshop/seminar for those who are interested in developing an understanding of the mechanics of tire forensics.

Participants will learn to determine differences in tire conditions and how they occur. They will also be able to apply the information learned in investigations and determining accident profiles. This information can also be applied to your shop in reducing tire failure and increasing the tire life of your pursuit tires.

This will be a limited opportunity to learn from actual pursuit tire engineers and ask the questions you've always wanted to ask.

Presenter: Mr. Norris “T.J.” Tennent, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, Mr. Rick Wendt, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

5. Vehicle Graphics & Wraps
Location: GCCC

Presenter: Mr. Jake Zaagman, Jake The Striper, Inc.

12:15pm – 1:25pm LUNCH – On Your Own

1:30pm – 6:00pm Exhibit Hall Open
Location: GCCC, Hall D

6:00pm – 10:00pm Evening Sponsored Event
Location: TBA

More information to come!

Thursday, August 25
8:30am –12:00pm
Location: GCCC

9:30am – 1:30pm Exhibit Hall Open
Location: GCCC, Hall D

1:30pm – 1:55pm LUNCH – On Your Own

2:00pm – 3:00pm Fleet Management 102:
Managing Expectations for the New Fleet Manager

Location: GCCC

This is a Panel Discussion focusing on the person new to the field of fleet maintenance or management, or new to the position of “police” fleet maintenance or management. Four fleet managers with very different perspectives will offer tips and advice to help the new fleet manager with expectations of the new job; literally, what to expect and what to do about it – forewarned is forearmed.

Presenters: Capt. Matt Ayers, Sevierville Police Department, Lt. David Hughes, Columbus OH Division of Police, Mr. Bill DeRousse, Fleet Services, Lt. Ed Sanow, Police Fleet Manager Magazine

3:15pm – 3:30pm Wrap-Up Session/Adjournment
Location: GCCC

Moderators: Mr. Henry Kingwill; Mr. Pete Kingwill, Police Fleet Expo, Capt. Matt Ayers, Sevierville Police Department

Thank you for attending Police Fleet Expo!

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