“Weep no more my lady [friends], oh! Weep no more today! We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home,
for the old Kentucky home far away.”
Stephen Foster wrote those words in 1853 about the beautiful Commonwealth of
Kentucky. Police Fleet Expo heads to Louisville to revisit the city in which
our second and third years were hosted. A beautiful city along the Ohio River, Louisville
is the perfect location for PFE 2014!
HendonMedia Group has put together a spectacular event this year from Aug. 18–21. To
make sure we have time for it all, registration begins Sunday afternoon (Aug.
17) in the convention center located adjacent to our host hotel, The Galt
House. This gives those attendees who are arriving early the opportunity to ease
into Monday’s Ride & Drive event being hosted at the famous Churchill
Downs. Friends, unlike the famous Derby, there will be no racing for time at
this year’s drive. Instead, you will be challenged in a different way, meant to
demonstrate how we use police vehicles 95 percent of the time.
the main event with the opening session on Tuesday morning and hear from the
Big Three on what’s new in the police vehicle market. These sessions are some
of the most popular as they give you an advantage most do not have—access to
the men and women behind the scenes of the mobile offices we are putting on the
road. If your questions are not completely answered in the presentations, don’t
worry, for you can meet up again on the Expo floor later in the week. We wrap
up the sessions with our agency dialogue groups. Breaking down agencies by size
has proven to be an excellent venue for dialogue, networking, and even more
access to staff from all three vehicle manufacturers.
night caps off with an exciting event sponsored by Whelen. Once again, buses
will take you to beautiful Churchill Downs. You got to know the road course
during the Ride & Drive, now spend time inside the Derby Museum at
Churchill Downs. Fine food, great atmosphere, and good friends will make it a
memorable night of socializing and networking.
Wednesday, we continue the speaking sessions, bringing you a technology
roundtable where you will hear from computer and software manufacturers on the
latest products available. The session is
moderated by Matt Ayers, a police captain, who not only has been there, done
that as an officer of the law, but operates a successful upfitting company. Don’t
miss it, because this session will give you plenty of valuable information to
will look at Accident Cost Management to arm you with the information you need
to better manage your fleet at a time when things may look most bleak. The
speaking series continues with three concurrent sessions on Fleet Management
101, Recruit, Train and Retain Your Staff, and finally, Purchasing and Using a
Fleet Management Software System. This trifecta of sessions should have
something for everyone, whether you’re brand new to fleet management or a
excited to bring you a very full exhibit hall Wednesday afternoon and Thursday
morning. In fact, we are in the process of expanding the floor space to ensure
there is room for everything you need as a police fleet manager. From vehicles
to lightbars and fluids to brakes, you will be able to speak to the people who
can help you manage your fleet from the ground up. You will be able to use this
time for questions with any of the staff present from the manufacturers, and
also learn about what is new with antenna systems or graphics.
afternoon we will be in the final stretch of classes, beginning with a
presentation by the Tactical Technology Unit of the LAPD. Hear what they are
doing to modernize the police vehicle on a daily basis. This session is
followed by two more concurrent sessions on strategies for vehicle and
equipment replacement as well as the ever-popular Tire Forensics session
presented by Firestone and Goodyear. Once these sessions conclude, you are
invited to attend the Wrap-Up Session where we dissect the week and take notes
as to what you liked, didn’t like, and what you want to see in the future.
Hendon Media Group are excited to have you attend the Police Fleet Expo in
Louisville, Ky. and look forward to hosting your stay. Remember, even as our
expo ends, the weekend is just beginning; there are few places in the United
States as beautiful as the Bluegrass State.
Police Fleet Expo
Scott Coy, Police Fleet Expo
Chair, was a lieutenant with the Western Michigan University Police Department.
He brought the practice of private business into government as it pertained to
his responsibilities at the department. This practice created a bar of fiscal
responsibility not only in the management of his department’s fleet, which he
had been doing since 2003, but has been shared via published articles and in
person with several agencies. Scott was also responsible for all technology
deployed at the department from radios to computers, whether it be in the
patrol car or office. He left WMU in March of 2014 and now owns a police
vehicle conversion company in southwest Michigan. Scott can be reached at