March 2010, Constable P. Smith was operating a Chevrolet Tahoe PPV equipped
with an OPS designed, manufactured and installed kennel with a drawer system
with two police canines. The officer was informed of a vehicle heading his way
at a high rate of speed. A female driver with more than double the legal limit
of alcohol in her system crashed her vehicle into the rear of the parked
Chevrolet Tahoe PPV with no attempts at reducing her speed. A collision
investigator calculated her speed at about 75 mph.
Tahoe was pushed forward into a ditch, twisting the frame of the truck. All
four doors of the Tahoe were functional, and both dogs were able to walk away
from the collision. The officer and canines were able to return to full duties
after two weeks of recovery.
Smith is currently operating a new Chevrolet Tahoe PPV with that exact same
kennel and drawer system, the one involved in the crash. With the exception of
two broken welds, and the need for a new handle, the system remained intact. In
a statement given to OPS Inc, Cst. Smith said, “I believe that if the OPS kennel & drawer system had not been in my
vehicle, things would have not been as fortunate as they were for my canine
friends and me.”
From Garage to Commercial Building
Mike Lawrenson, the President of Operational Performance Systems (OPS Inc),
Cst. Smith’s statement is a testament to the quality and effort that goes into
the products his company makes. Back in 1998, Mike Lawrenson started the
journey that would later develop into OPS Inc. He started out as a licensed
auto mechanic, but soon after wanted to start his own business. Ranger Supply
Van and Truck Outfitting was formed, a Canadian company specializing in
outfitting trucks to enhance tradesman efficiency on the job.
1999, Lawrenson added a full-time installer, built a 300-square-foot addition
to his garage, and his company started to do custom fabrication. The first
large-scale custom job was a mobile breathalyzer unit. This successful project
resulted in Lawrenson leasing a 3,500-square-foot commercial building. OPS
officially transitioned from Ranger Supply as the public safety market opened
up and OPS moved into a 25,000-square-foot facility. Today OPS Inc. has many
products in the field with clients spread out across North
America. They now have a 70,000-square-foot USA operation.
Police, Fire, EMS
Inc. designs and builds storage units for Police, Fire, EMS, military, utilities and businesses who need
organized storage in the vehicle. OPS has a rapid order-to-deliver time. They
recently built 142 storage units in 28 days.
aluminum interior rollout systems have many innovative ideas to enhance
efficiency simply by having the equipment stowed in an organized fashion. These
units are user-friendly and are designed for the everyday abuse that occurs in
a workday of EMS, Fire and Military personnel.
Pelican Case Storage 3 Drawer System allows the user to enhance his/her work
capacity and efficiency while performing his/her duties. It is lightweight but
still a robust, 0.100-inch-thick aluminum structure. It has dividers for every
drawer as a standard feature. An EZ-Handle and EZ Slam latch provides an easy
close for the user. It has 200-pound and 500-pound, 100-percent extension
slides. Finally, it is custom fit to maximize the storage capacity in the
Inc. has also developed turnkey aluminum truck body kits for Utility companies,
which come with aluminum interior storage kits that include shelving, drawer
systems, cabinets, lockers and more. OPS Inc. also supplies wiring packages and
special request products, saving the end user the trouble of having to source
items at a number of different locations. OPS Inc. provides a “One Stop Shop”
for all venders who value this service. OPS Inc. has taken the time to develop
strong relationships with suppliers who provide the items that are needed in your
Inc. can also provide design and build process
for any specific vehicles used by your agency that are outfitted like a
Utilities vehicle. A GM, Dodge, or Ford, or Sprinter van used for Forensic
Identification Units, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Units, or Crime Scene
Investigators has many small items, sometimes very expensive items that need to
be stored securely but still easily accessible. These vehicles often need the
largest range of aluminum van equipment like shelving, partitions, drawers,
ladder racks and accessories.
recently with the overwhelming success of Ford Police Interceptor Utility, OPS
Inc. made the decision to focus in on building custom law-enforcement storage
drawer systems. OPS Inc. also makes similar systems for the Chevy Tahoe and
Suburban, the Ford Expedition, and the Dodge Durango. OPS Inc. has improved
product development, quality, turnaround times and profitability through
driving standardization into their manufacturing processes in which customers
can get a storage vault as quick as within 24 hours of ordering.
Design and Materials
two keys to any product standing up to real-world abuse are how well it is
designed and the materials used to make it. Things like the grade and gauge of
the raw aluminum are vital to a quality product. OPS Inc. has meticulously
selected the materials that go into any product it makes. Careful consideration
goes into the way the edges are finished, not only appearance but safety. The
corners of the drawers are folded properly without any obvious bend cracks,
which are so prevalent in weaker grades of aluminum.
design and strength of the storage unit’s drawers also become important when
looking at heavy-duty, long-term use. One of the advances OPS Inc. has is their
design team, which is made up of experts with the SolidWorks computer-aided
design program. It enables them to offer a wide range of standardized products
in custom sizes. OPS also offers design/build capabilities for any law-enforcement
vehicle interior upfit and can provide first-class drawings/models for any
application. OPS Inc. over engineers all its drawers using heavy-duty roller bearing
Storage Drawer Vault
OPS Storage Drawer Vault is a state-of-the-art, all-aluminum drawer unit that
will keep valuables secured, yet remains easily accessible. These units are
rated at 500 pounds capacity, with ball bearing slides and a single-motion
latching system, which allows for one-handed operation. Designed especially for
the Chevy Tahoe and Ford PI Utility, the OPS Storage Drawer Vault attaches to
the vehicle’s original OEM mounting points in roughly 30 minutes.
OPS Storage Drawer Vault is manufactured from industrial grade aluminum, which
will provide years of reliable service. The top of the unit is coated with
‘Rhino Lining’, providing a durable anti-slip and anti-glare surface. The
drawer is available in a variety of depths and has two adjustable dividers,
allowing customization to your specific storage needs.
PI Utility Spare Tire
spare tire in the Ford PI Utility is integral in that particular vehicle’s 75
mph rear crash rating. Ford recently advised all agencies to leave the spare
tire inside the vehicle at all times. This means your storage unit must be
designed to hold maximum load while also allowing for quick access to the spare
tire at all times. You also should use a system that doesn’t require the
operator to use both hands to hold up a cover plate while trying to remove the
spare tire. The OPS products ensure quick safe access to the spare tire at all
times without having to hold anything up.
closely with Crown Industries, located right next to the Ford Interceptor
Chicago Assembly Plant (CAP), the OPS Inc. products are readily available as a
ship-through option from Crown. This means OPS Inc. products are available for
install right down the street from the Chicago Assembly Plant before you take
delivery of your new PI Utility.
stands behind everything they build. For these drawers, they offer a warranty
for two vehicle life cycles. That is unique in the marketplace for these types
of products. Even with this valuable warranty coverage, their product failure
has been less than 2 percent.
OPS Inc. continues to broaden its exposure and support network across North
America, they plan to have a representative in every U.S. State and Province in
Canada by the end of 2014. This means a dealer network with local direct access
to warranty and parts, as well as 48-hour backup for parts and service. All of
this is in recognition of just how important vehicle down time is to fleet
Brewer is a 23-year member of the Vancouver Police Department. He sits on the
Ford Police Advisory Board and regularly gives presentations at law enforcement
conferences on mobile computing, wireless technology and police vehicle ergonomics.
He can be reached at email@example.com.