Saddle Up and Head to Ft. Worth!

Join your colleagues and be at the forefront of what is new for police fleets. Expand your fleet management knowledge and broaden your networking opportunities by attending the Police Fleet Expo conference in Fort Worth, Texas. This is our first Police Fleet Expo in Texas. If the hospitality we have received so far from Texans is any indication, it won’t be our last time!

The Hendon Expo Group and Hendon Publishing, who publish Police Fleet Manager, LAW and ORDER and Tactical Response magazines, initiated the Police Fleet Expo (PFE) in 2004 as a mechanism to bring timely police fleet information to thousands of fleet professionals. In 2010, we added a second Expo each year in a different region of the country, thereby increasing the opportunity for more police fleet professionals to attend. Both Expos continue to grow and continue to be successful because attendee and vendor participation continues to grow and expand.

Police fleet professionals and fleet personnel with police responsibilities are hungry to improve and develop their skills, and need a dedicated police conference to address short and long-term needs. Budgets continue to tighten. The introduction of new police vehicles continues. Environmental regulations continue to increase. Technology is being introduced that your predecessor could only have dreamt of. It is now more important than ever to have a one-stop shop to improve your skills, learn what is new, and network with colleagues.

You can expect more than 15 hours of timely and valuable educational sessions. In addition, you will have an exhibit hall that is open for 8.5 hours offering aisle after aisle of the most up-to-date equipment, technology and services to provide you with the tools to do your very best job.

Educational sessions include individual classes from Chevrolet, Chrysler and Ford with timely information on police vehicles, service issues, up-fitting trends and pertinent management and maintenance programs. Class topics are selected based on recommendations by attendees and presentations are provided by your colleagues, professional speakers and government representatives.

Whether you are a fleet veteran or have just been named to your position, the variety of classes will provide you with valuable information for your daily tasks. After the vehicle manufacturers present their topics on the first day, you will be taking notes during classes on Purchasing Fuel with Contracts; Fleet Managers Liability; Fleet Management Operations: What Do I Need to Know?; Cooperative Purchasing; Tire Forensics; Preparing an RFP; Managed Competition; and New Lighting Technology. Plus, there’s an Agency Networking Session for you to share ideas and identify solutions with fellow colleagues.

In addition to structured classes, you will have 8.5 hours to roam more than 50,000 square feet of vendor displays. You will be able to examine new equipment, discover new services, and talk to vendors. Get some cost saving ideas. Put together a plan to replace outdated equipment. Inquire about outsourcing. Improve your department efficiency all in one place.

The registration fee is $129. Entrance to the Exhibit Hall is free with department identification. Check out the website ( to book lodging, view the class schedule, and see the list of vendors and other related information. The Fort Worth Convention Center is the location for the exhibit hall and the educational sessions. The host hotel is the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa located a short distance from the Center. Rooms are available now at a government rate for PFE-Dallas/Fort Worth attendees.

Fort Worth is a great city within close proximity to major airports and easy access from cities across the state. You will also find an excellent variety of restaurants as well as many things to do in the Fort Worth area. Come and support the most valuable conference committed to police fleet professionals. Please also contact me with any class suggestions and comments.

Dennis Tucker is a retired fleet manager. He was the fleet manager for the Illinois State Police. He can be reached at

Published in Police Fleet Manager, Mar/Apr 2012

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