Education, Networking, Technology
2013 Police Fleet
Expo - Charlotte
By Police Fleet
The 2013 Police Fleet Expo – Charlotte opened with a
day-long Ride & Drive at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. All of the
pursuit-rated sedans, crossovers and SUVs—in all of the available powertrains—were
on-hand for the attendees from all over the U.S. and Canada.
The fleet managers were free to drive these police vehicles
as easy, or as hard, as they wished. The course was tweaked with input from
Chevy, Dodge, Ford and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to include everything
from open, high-speed sweeping turns to sharp and tight 90-degree
This year at the track it rained the entire time…which was
good! You learn more about an emergency vehicle under adverse driving and road
conditions than under the more common sunny and dry situations.
The soaking wet track gave attendees a chance to feel the
seamless transition from FWD to AWD on the Taurus-based Police Interceptor
Sedan and the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility. It also gave
opportunities to test the effectiveness of traction control and stability
control on the Chargers, Tahoe PPVs and Caprice PPVs.
Fleet managers activated traction control, anti-lock brakes
and stability control dozens of times during the two-minute drive through the
cone course. As a nod to the effectiveness of electronic braking, stability and
traction systems, less than five cones were knocked over the entire day—even on
a very slippery track.
The highlight of the Ride & Drive was a ride through the
same cone course in the same police vehicles at the hand of two NASCAR drivers.
Chevrolet arranged for autographs and passenger rides with Jeff Burton, who
drives the Number 31 Chevrolet SS. On the Ford side, it was Greg Biffle, who
drives the Number 16 Ford Fusion. (Dodge sponsored an autograph opportunity by Kyle
Petty, a co-host for the Speed Channel and commentator on TNT, during the Expo
The day’s activities included an Upfitter’s Alley. Chevy,
Dodge and Ford all had static displays with all of their police and special
service vehicles, and many green and admin vehicles. The Upfitter’s Alley also
included a number of aftermarket vehicle upfitting and accessory
manufacturers…lightbars, push bumpers, prisoner partitions, center consoles.
Ford Motor Company
Ford kicked off the Vehicle Manufacturer Dialogues with a
report on the sales mix of the Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility. From the first deliveries
in March 2012 through June 2013, the ratio of Sedans to Utilities was 45
percent Sedan, 55
percent Utility. Ford reported that taken together, these two vehicles account
for 45 percent of the police market.
New for 2014, the 3.7L V6 is standard in the PI Sedan. This
engine produces both more power and better fuel economy than the 3.5L V6. Also
new for 2014, a lower front grille is standard on the PI Sedan. All-Wheel Drive
is standard on both the PI Sedan and PI Utility. Front-Wheel Drive is only
available on the now-optional 3.5L V6 in the PI Sedan, and not available on the
PI Utility. New wiring harnesses are available for both vehicles to reduce
Announced during the Police Fleet Expo, the 365 hp, 3.5L
EcoBoost (twin turbo) V6 is now an option on the PI Utility. Also announced
during the PFE, Surveillance Mode from InterMotive is available on both the PI
Utility and PI Sedan. Surveillance Mode uses Ford’s Blind Spot Information
System and Reverse Sensing System to detect persons or objects approaching from
the rear, and engage officer safety countermeasures.
Chevrolet’s big news for 2014 was the new steering column
(IP) mounted shifter for the Caprice PPV. The largest of the police sedans, the
Caprice will come standard with a full-length center-console mounting plate, an
enhanced police seat, and a front seat-only side curtain airbag (allows full-coverage
The 2013 Impala will continue as a police package vehicle
thru the 2014 model year. The Impala 9C1 has the lowest initial cost of any
police package vehicle. The Tahoe PPV will have a short 2014 model year to
prepare for the 2015 NextGen Tahoe. The current Tahoe has the lowest repair
cost, the longest service life, and the highest residual value of any police
package vehicle. That gives it the lowest total cost of ownership of any police
For 2014, the Dodge police fleet is mostly a carryover—at
least until mid-year. The Charger Pursuit gets an even smoother-throw column
shifter arc, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and optional power
adjustable pedals. The police-specific seat has been tweaked for more comfort
and the seat belt receptacle is taller.
At 41 percent of the police market (based on registration),
the Charger Pursuit clearly leads the six-vehicle field of police package
vehicles in market share. Three vehicles (Charger, 41 percent; Ford PI Utility,
25 percent; Ford PI Sedan, 20 percent) make up 86 percent of all police
In mid-2014, the Charger Pursuit with the 5.7L V8 will get
the option of All-Wheel Drive.
This is a Rear-Wheel Drive based system—on demand, the front wheels are engaged.
The RAM 1500 4x4 Crew Cab and the Dodge Durango SUV continue as Special Service
At the Police Fleet Expo, the Agency Networking Sessions are
divided into three groups: Under 50 Vehicles, 50 to 150 Vehicles, and Over 50
Vehicles. The Small Agency Session is especially important since the fleet
manager in these agencies handles the fleet as a smaller part of other police
department duties or as a smaller part of involvement with a city/county muni
fleet. Networking among small agency fleet managers at PFE is an outstanding
In the Small Agency Session, the clear focus was on
selecting one of the 300-ish- horsepower V6-powered police vehicles for fuel
economy. After all, the outgoing Ford CVPI had only a 250 hp engine.
Even more progressive was the challenge from these fleet managers to admin
staff from detectives to chiefs that they don’t need full-size, police package
vehicles. This is the first easy and positive step to greening the police
fleet. Admin vehicles should be the greenest, most fuel efficient sedans in the
fleet—mild hybrid, full hybrid, all-electric, 4-cylinder.
High-pressure CNG and low-pressure propane conversions were
discussed. Most aftermarket conversions are not crash tested, and few
conversion kits include hardened engine exhaust valves and seats. Caveat
Excessive idle reduction policies were also discussed.
Solutions are either time-based (maximum amount of engine idling permitted) or
temperature-based (idling only permitted above 80 deg F or under 40 deg F).
Finally, there was a great deal of discussion on the clear trend of body-worn
cameras replacing or augmenting in-car cameras.
In the Right Size the Fleet session, fleet managers reviewed
the Mercury Associates’ Vehicle Allocation Model. This session emphasized: 1)
the cost of pool and under-utilized vehicles are actually higher than fully
used vehicles; 2) high-mileage vehicles should be rotated into low-use
assignments; and 3) the goal for new vehicles should be the smallest and most
economical vehicles that can perform the task.
In the Fleet Replacement Program session, Mercury Associates
emphasized the importance of the lifecycle cost analysis. This is an objective
and financially persuasive way to move the focus from initial vehicle cost to
the total cost of ownership. Lifecycle costs are initial cost plus upfitting
cost plus decommission cost plus operating cost minus residual value and all
divided by miles of service life. Also explained was the equally compelling
“operating cost versus time” and “depreciation cost (vehicle value) versus
time” curves—and where they crossed. Replace vehicles on the lowest total cost
portion of the curve.
In the Tablets for Squad Cars session, fleet managers saw
solutions from Brite Computers for the problems of full-size laptops, namely,
pads and tablets (and convertible laptops). With the same computing
capabilities, a tablet 1) takes up less space in the crowded vehicle, 2) is
easier to install outside of the airbag deployment zone, and 3) allows better
visibility out the windshield.
In the All About Brakes session, Raybestos technicians
explained that pedal pulsation does not come from excessive heat that warps
rotors. Rotors don’t warp. Instead, they wear unevenly. The main cause of pedal
pulsation is thickness variation in the rotor. The main cause of thickness
variation is excessive lateral runout of the rotor. This runout allows the
abrasive semi-metallic pads to intermittently touch—and grind—thin spots on the
rotor. The solution is to use a dial indicator to check the runout out on every
rotor every time a rotor is changed, and to star-pattern torque wheels every
time wheels are put back on.
Bill DeRousse closed the conference with a session on the
importance of year-end reports. Fleet managers must first know all their costs
for all aspects of their operation and then document these for all in police
admin and city/county government to see. We must know actual versus budgets costs
for fuel, parts, labor, outsourced work, and other aspects of operating costs.
Finally, we must run fleet management and fleet maintenance exactly like a
competitive business. That is our best defense against privatization. You can’t
measure what you don’t measure.
Technology trends were covered by officials from BG
Products. The theme was more than just the importance of fuel quality testing,
oil analysis, and the selection of the right oils and fluids. Instead, it was
that the new technology in the NextGen police vehicles presents new maintenance
In fact, the new engine technologies of variable valvetrains,
cylinder deactivation, and direct injection have a huge impact on fleet
operations. Most police engines have one of these new technologies. By 2015,
some police engines will have all three.
There is simply no such thing as a universal oil, fluid or
coolant. No longer can any weight or blend of engine oil be used. No longer can
any trans fluid be used. No longer can any engine coolant be used. Those
100,000-mile powertrain warranties are all conditional on the use of the right
oils, fluids and coolants.
The 90 exhibitors in the sold-out Expo Hall featured every
aspect of fleet maintenance and fleet management. Ten companies picked the
Police Fleet Expo – Charlotte to unveil new products.
Bendix Police Pads
The Bendix Police Semi-Metallic Brake Pad was one of the new
products introduced at PFE – Charlotte. Second only to tires, disc brake pads
are the highest wear item in the police vehicle. In fact, many Preventative
Maintenance programs call for a brake-pad thickness inspection during every oil
change. This also makes the best practice of rotating the tires at every oil
change easy and obvious.
The problem with brake pads that wear quickly is the
ill-advised temptation to replace the pads with whatever the local auto parts store
happens to have. Big mistake. The rule has always been to replace the OE pads
with OE pads, or OE-equivalent pads. And the burden of proof that the pads are
truly OE-equivalent falls on the pad manufacturer. Many claims of
OE-equivalence are made, but few companies offer proof beyond a reasonable
doubt. Just because the brake pad fits on a police car doesn’t mean it belongs
on a police car.
Bendix® by Honeywell is one brake pad company that is both
1) an OE brake pad supplier for some vehicles and 2) has had their police pads
independently tested against OE police pads. Their proof of OE-equivalence for
the Bendix Police Semi-Metallic Disc Pads is Link Engineering’s Declaration of
Conformity using Laboratory Brake Evaluation® in accordance with the OE baseline.
Link Engineering tested the Bendix Police pads against the
OE pads on the Dodge Charger Pursuit and the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV. They checked
four areas important to police patrol: maximum stopping power, shortest
stopping distance, resistance to fade and quietest braking.
“Equaled or exceeded” is an over-used term, but that is
exactly how the Bendix Police pads performed in all four tests and on both
vehicles. The Bendix Police pad can prove its claim of being OE-equivalent.
The one aspect of brakes that cannot be objectively tested
is brake pad wear/pad life. Every fleet manager knows this varies from officer
to officer, from precinct to precinct. In this regard, the Bendix Police pad is
claimed to be “comparable” to OE pads in service life. Since the Bendix Police
pads were OE-equivalent in other areas of brake performance, comparable wear is
easy to believe.
Bendix used their years of experience with the Fleet
MetLock® pads to develop the Police pads. However, they also added a coating
from their TitaniuMetallic™ II premier line of semi-met pads. The unique blue
color of the titanium metallic coating is a sign that these pads do not need to
be burnished after pad installation.
The facts are that all other brake pads should be burnished
(a series of increasingly harder stops from increasingly higher speeds) yet
virtually no brake job includes this last step. With the titanium metallic
coating, no burnishing is required. The Bendix Police pads stop with maximum
force with the very first brake pedal use.
Bendix Police brakes are available for the Ford CVPI, PI
Sedan, PI Utility and F-150; the Dodge Charger, Durango and RAM 1500; the Chevrolet Impala,
Caprice, Tahoe and Silverado.
Brand new from Brooking Industries is their Invisi-Lock
Remote-Keyless Door Unlocking System. This is the answer to the problem of
safety placing a prisoner in the rear seat of a locked police car without
having to fumble around for the keys or fob. The prisoner is always under the officer’s
power direct control.
From the locked and fully secure condition, the officer
simply passes a wristband-worn key near a rear window-mounted or B-pillar
mounted RFID antenna. The antenna sends an unlock signal to the reader, which
power unlocks the rear doors. After six seconds, the rear doors are power
Lock, unlock, in goes the prisoner, auto lock. All while
keeping the prisoner under control. All without the need to find the key to
unlock the front door in order to unlock the rear door. All without to find the
fob—and then find the right button on the fob. All with unlocking just the one
The Invisi-Lock is programmed for one wristband key per RFI
antenna. On patrol cars with one rear seat antenna on each side, Brooking can
integrate both keys into a single wristband.
D&R Electronics introduced their greatly upgraded
Odyssey lightbar at the Police Fleet Expo. The Odyssey is an all-in-one LED
lightbar and full-size traffic director. The Odyssey has a well-established
track record but was recently modified in a way to deserve notice.
The Odyssey consists of 20 LED modules around the perimeter
of the lightbar, and up to 24 LED modules in the arrowboard. The modules can be
any combination of single color or dual color. The Odyssey can be set up with
two takedowns, left and right alleys, or full front takedowns.
The Odyssey can be dimmed either manually by the officer or
automatically by a photo cell. The Odyssey also has a “cruise lights” mode,
i.e., low amp, low power, steady burn. The Odyssey is built on an aluminum
frame and is available as either powder coated white or black.
The dual microprocessor lightbar is controlled by a
proprietary controller. Other makes of sirens may or may not be compatible with
the Odyssey controller. D&E, of course, makes a variety of siren and
Of course, what separates the Odyssey from all other
roof-mounted lightbars is the integral, high-profile traffic director. Many
police vehicles use sequential amber lights built into the lightbar or a
separate deck-mounted light. The Odyssey uses a much higher-profile, much more
The Odyssey uses a motorized actuator to raise and lower the
arrowboard. When raised, the arrowboard is easier for oncoming traffic to see
than any deck-mounted traffic director. An actual DOT-style arrow sends a
clearer direction to oncoming traffic than the typical sequential amber lights
on a roof-mounted lightbar.
The Odyssey has an optional road alert message board. In
addition to the DOT-style left and right arrows, actual text can be displayed
on the arrowboard, i.e., accident ahead, slow down, keep left, lane closed,
Just in time for the PFE-Charlotte, Federal Signal
introduced their Latitude™ warning light. The Latitude is intended as either an
addition to an external lightbar or as the basis for a slick-top lighting
package. It can be mounted either internally or externally, under the rear roof
spoiler on a Ford PI Utility, for example.
The warning light is just 1.1 inch tall by 2.6 inches deep,
making it a good choice for the rear deck. While all versions of the Latitude
are available with all-Amber to the rear, this warning light does not have
directional functions. The Latitude is an economical option to using a number
of smaller, individual LEDs.
The Latitude uses three LEDs per module (head) and each
module is available in Red, Blue, Amber or White. The light is available in
four-head, six-head and eight-head versions. The Latitude has 10 different
flash patterns. The Latitude uses Solaris® LED reflector technology. The
Solaris LED reflector technology, used in most other FedSig lightbars, is their
engineered solution for the maximum off-axis warning.
Ford Motor Company
During the PFE – Charlotte, Ford announced a major upgrade
to the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility: the option of a 365 hp, 3.5L
EcoBoost V6. This twin turbo engine has been an option on the Taurus-based Police
Interceptor Sedan, is the only engine in the retail Taurus SHO, and an optional
engine in the Ford F-150 pickup. This is also the engine powering the retail
Explorer Sport, which is what gave law enforcement hope that it would be
available in the PI Utility.
The base engine for the PI Utility is the 304 hp 3.7L V6,
the same base engine in the PI Sedan. This announcement means the PI Utility
and PI Sedan will share the same base 3.7L V6 engine and the same 3.5L EcoBoost
V6 engine. Both the PI Utility and PI Sedan come standard with an AWD
driveline. Built on the same platform at the same Chicago Assembly Plant, the
PI Utility and PI Sedan share dozens of maintenance and repair parts.
Havis, Ford and LAPD
Havis chose the Police Fleet Expo to unveil the technology
buzz of the season: the NextGen in-dash mounted screen in Ford’s Police
Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility. This is LAPD’s vision of the
future police vehicle, the next step forward in police interiors and upfitting.
With more law enforcement devices added to smaller police
vehicles, the in-dash screen is a major upfit solution. The LAPD worked with
Havis, Australia’s national Safety Agency and Lectronix to jointly develop this
solution. Officers will have an integrated screen with touch controls for all
of the upfitted emergency and communication equipment.
Ford’s design effort led Havis to make a dash molding that
precisely and securely wraps a Lectronix monitor. Computer Aided Design data
from Ford allowed Havis to use factory OEM mounting points for the screen’s
location and all the required fasteners. Lectronix custom software provides the
technology to complete the integration.
The LAPD design puts an emphasis on officer safety and
comfort, ergonomics (human machine interface), saving interior space and
technology integration. New police car infrastructures demand the safe mounting
and the easy use of multiple radio connections, multiple video inputs,
relocated HVAC and vehicle controls, radar detection, ALPR systems,
laptop-tablet computers, printers, and other upfitted enforcement gear. The PFE
attendees had the clearance to work with the system, and talk with
representatives from LAPD, Havis and Ford.
InterMotive and Ford
Ford had huge officer safety news just in time for the PFE –
Charlotte: production release of the InterMotive Surveillance Mode system. Police Fleet Manager covered the whole
array of InterMotive upfitting modules in the Jan-Feb 2013 issue. (See www.hendonpub.com,
Resources, Article Archives.)
Of the dozen or so creative solutions offered by
InterMotive, the Surveillance Mode Module (integrated by their Police Interface
Module) is the first to become an Original Equipment option. All of the
InterMotive modules are available for upfitting by Crown North America.
Ambushes on officers seem to be trending up. Every
experienced traffic officer has had someone approach on foot from the rear
while they were writing a ticket. The Surveillance Mode will now give officers
an extra few seconds of warning.
Surveillance Mode uses two existing Ford features to form an
innovative distant early-warning safety net. Their Reverse Sensing System (RSS)
uses short-range ultrasonic sensors rear-facing in the rear bumper. These backup
sensors detect objects up to 7 feet straight behind the vehicle. Their Blind
Spot Information System (BLIS) uses short-range ultrasonic sensors outward
angle-facing in the rear bumper. Their BLIS detects objects up to 7 feet at an
angle behind the bumper, i.e., the blind spots.
If any of the RSS or BLIS sensors detect an object in the 7-foot
ultrasonic field behind and 45 degrees to either rear side of the car, the
Surveillance Mode will automatically begin counter measures. First, the vehicle
will sound a chime, indicating a sensor has been tripped. Second, all of the
doors will automatically lock. Third, if lowered, the driver’s window will be
All of these countermeasures can be customized or
deselected. For example, the system can be set up simply to activate a chime. The
Surveillance Mode will also detect a vehicle pulling up within 7 feet of the
If the PI Utility or PI Sedan is equipped with a backup
camera, the Surveillance Mode Module will integrate with a rear-view backup
camera. If not, a rear-view camera and display-part of rearview mirror.
To engage Surveillance Mode, the trans has to be in Park,
the driver’s door closed, the foot off the brake pedal, and the system turned
on. Just the opposite of any of those actions or conditions turns the
Surveillance Mode off.
Pro-gard made four major announcements after the Police Fleet
Expo – Ft. Worth and during the Police Fleet Expo – Charlotte. The first new product
is their Universal Push Bumper with integrated ION® LED lights. The push bumper
is available in either Sedan
version or SUV version. The SUV style includes a third, lower crossbar. The
Sedan style uses two ION lights in the top crossbar. The SUV style uses either
two or four ION lights in the top crossbar. The lights are available All-Red,
All-Blue or Red-Blue.
The all-steel, powder-coated Universal Push Bumper is available
for most police and special-service package vehicles. Both bumpers include a
platform for mounting a siren speaker. The Pro-gard bumper uses a No Holes
Drilled and No Trim Cut installation. A transfer kit allows the same push
bumper to be moved from older vehicles and upfitted on new vehicles.
The second major announcement from Pro-gard was their dual-color
Prisoner Transport Lighting package. This includes two LED lights, a three-way
rocker switch (red, white, off) and 15 feet of lead wire. The white lights are
rated at a bright 250 lumens, the light output of a modern patrol flashlight.
The red lights are a more ambient-oriented 140 lumens.
The LED lights use an aluminum housing and are shock and
moisture resistant. The total current draw is 0.31 amps. The low-profile design
(less than 1 inch) fits into the rear seat headliner with no need for cutouts. A
small wire access hole and two mounting screws complete the upfit.
The third major announcement from Pro-gard was their Trunk
Organizer for the Taurus-based Ford Police Interceptor Sedan. The
vehicle-specific organizer is designed to take advantage of the spare tire
area. This is often under-used or poorly used space. The organizer fixes that. Pro-gard
has previously announced a Cargo Area Organizer for the Explorer-based Ford
Police Interceptor Utility. The overall design and features are similar.
The organizer is made of durable, thick-wall ABS plastic.
The organizer has removable storage dividers, giving officers a number of
storage options. The load floor lids are hinged, which allows access to stored
gear without having to fully remove the lids.
The fourth new product announcement from Pro-gard was their
line of Motorcycle Gun Racks. This is an addition to their already existing
selection of Vehicle Gun Racks.
“Motor patrol officers are often times unable to carry a
long weapon due to the limited space on a bike,” said Mike Navarro, General
Manager for Pro-gard Products. “With our unique Motorcycle Gun Rack, they are
now able to not only carry but conceal and lock an AR-platform weapon in the
The gun rack fits the Harley-Davidson FLHP Hi-side
Saddlebag. It can hold up to 27 ¼ (collapsed stock) patrol rifles. It is
designed specifically for the Colt M4 Carbine. However, it will accept most
similar-style, AR-platform collapsing stock variations.
The Motorcycle Gun Rack also conceals an additional magazine
in the universal holder.
The Motorcycle Gun Rack uses an electric gun lock with
handcuff key override. The system has an eight-second delay timer and a remote-mountable
momentary switch. For maximum security and durability, the Motorcycle Gun Rack
is made of powder-coated steel. A charging bracket prevents weapon discharge.
SoundOff Signal chose the PFE – Charlotte to unveil their
newest lightbar, the nFORCE® lightbar. Their latest low-profile lightbar uses
Nexus Technology for both forward-facing and off-axis illumination. This same
lighting technology ensures the lightbar will remain lit even if one or two
modules or a circuit board were to become damaged.
The fully modular nature of the nFORCE lightbar means a more
basic bar can be upgraded at a later date. A rear arrow can be added. A single
color bar can be changed to a duo-color or tri-color version simply by
switching out modules and harnesses. Snap-in components allow for easy reconfigurations
and reduced service time.
SoundOff Signal introduced the nFORCE light modules one year
ago for use on Setina push bumper top bar inserts. Secondary lights using
nFORCE modules continue to be used for surface mount, recessed vent, windshield
and grille applications. This is the first use by SoundOff of the nFORCE lights
for an external lightbar. Internal lightbars (headliner, rear deck) using
nFORCE LED modules were also unveiled at PFE – Charlotte.
SoundOff has grouped the nFORCE lightbar into one of three
editions—Gold, Silver and Bronze—based on the total number of light modules and
the number of color options in each module.
The Bronze Edition uses single-color modules, the Silver
Edition uses duo-color modules, and the Gold Edition uses tri-color modules.
The number of colors per module makes a huge difference. A duo-color or tri-color
is required to have a steady-white forward signal or a flashing amber rear
signal. The Bronze version has six inboard LED modules, the Silver has 12 inboard
modules, and the Gold has 18 modules. The number of corner modules is similar
by Edition. Each lightbar has takedown and alley lights.
The nFORCE lightbar can be dimmed, and it also can run in
cruise mode. It is available in seven lengths from 24 inches to 72 inches. The
nFORCE bar is indeed a low-profile lightbar measuring just 2.5 inches tall. The
nFORCE rooftop lightbar, interior bar, and nFORCE perimeter lights now form a
total solutions collection. They can all be synch’d together. A PC app allows for
easy integration with SoundOff sirens.
Terradyne selected the Police Fleet Expo – Charlotte to
introduce their line of tactical armored vehicles. The Ontario, Canada-built
Gurkha APCs come in three varieties: RPV (rapid response vehicle), MPV (multi-purpose
vehicle), and LAPV (light armored patrol vehicle).
The RPV is a four-door, top hatch, half-bed 13,500-pound
vehicle. The MPV is a four-door, port-side firing, top hatch, rear door 16,500-pound
vehicle. The LAPV is a four-door, top hatch, rear door, 15,000-pound vehicle.
All three APCs are powered by a 300 hp, Ford 6.7L turbo
diesel V8 bolted to a 6-speed auto with a 4.88 rear axle ratio mounted in a
Ford F-550 chassis. All have a 4x4, shift-on-the-fly driveline. All three have
a 19,500-pound GVWR. The ground clearance varies from 11.5 to 12.0 inches.
Terradyne Armored Vehicles is a subsidiary of Magna
International and operates in 26 countries and has nearly 350 global
facilities. They have been involved in the automotive industry for over 50
years. Terradyne produces a range of armored trucks, light tactical, and SUV
The armor is rated at CEN B7 (7.62 NATO Armor Piercing) and
STANAG 2 (7.62x39mm Armor Piercing, .50 BMG). Since all Gurkha models share the
same level of protection, the principal difference between the three models is
interior space and layout.
The MPV is ideal for SWAT teams with space for up to 12
officers. The RPV is used for applications including armed perimeter patrol
with additional space in the rear to store equipment. The LAPV is ideal for
application such as border patrol, tactical convoy, and patrol.
One of the nation’s most informative fleet websites was
launched at the PFE – Charlotte: the Police Fleet Institute, PFI. This is a
members-only organization, developed for the sharing of police fleet
maintenance and police fleet management. PFI is intended to complement your
knowledge as a police fleet manager, to provide information to improve any
aspect of the fleet operation.
PFI is a resource with information on: 1) servicing,
purchasing, and disposing vehicles; 2) developing operational budgets; 3)
managing parts room; 4) fuel purchasing and contracts; 5) warranty management;
6) developing a replacement schedule; 7) keeping up with environmental
regulations; 8) developing safety and accident programs; 9) determining
staffing needs; 10) implementing fleet best-practices; and 11) examples of
models from some of the best fleet managers in the U.S.
The PFI website contains a searchable fleet library and also
an online access to fleet managers and consultants to answer your specific
questions. Membership in PFI is broken down into several paid categories.
Two of the most popular topics are also the basis for two of
the most popular website columns. “Ask Wally’ is a frequently updated video
link on brake components with Wally Marciniak, Brake Parts Inc (Raybestos)
Director of Technical Services. “T.J.’s Corner” is a pursuit tire tutorial by
T.J. Tennent, Bridgestone-Firestone Engineering Manager for Government
General fleet management questions are fielded online in
“Fleet Manager’s Corner” by Bill DeRousse, former fleet manager with the City
of Everett, Wash. and national fleet consultant. In fact, the PFI website is
directed and managed by DeRousse, who may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.