By Police Fleet Manager Staff
By Brad Brewer
By Ed Sanow
By Jennifer Gavigan
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SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — The U.S. Navy celebrates its 239th anniversary in a couple days and gave itself a very big gift Saturday, wrapped in red, white and blue.
At a ceremony on the San Francisco waterfront Saturday morning, an 844-foot-long amphibious assault vessel took her official place as the Navy’s newest member, the USS America.
She’s a symbol of American maritime strength.
“I think it means we are ready to stand up for what we stand for — and we’re prepared to back it up,” Edward Stetson, who came from Stockton to attend the event, told KPIX 5.
The USS America is the fourth ship to bear the name ‘America’ since the nation’s founding.
Although steeped in history, the new ship is also very much a 21st-Century war machine. She’s also a hybrid and, at slower speeds, can run on electric power, can carry two thousand Marines and has a complete onboard hospital.
After nearly five years’ work, ship builder George Jones likes seeing the crew aboard the vessel for the first time.
“It goes from being a project of raw steel and pipe to the crew on board. It becomes a floating city. They live on it and they serve our country on it, so to see that at the end is really the best part,” Jones told us.
By the end of the decade, the Navy is set to commission 32 more ships. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told us the country is rebuilding the nation’s naval power.
“It will provide the presence that America has to have for our defense and our protection,” he said.
The USS America was built in Mississippi, where about 3,000 people worked for nearly five years to finish the ship. When she leaves San Francisco after Fleet Week she’ll be based in San Diego.
When you see folks pulled over for speeding or other moving violations, what kind of car are they driving? Does it seem as if some makes and models get ticketed more often than others?
If you answered "yes" to that second question, you're not seeing things. According to Insurance.com, some cars appear to be ticket magnets.
The company analyzed data from over 550,000 applications for insurance quotes. In the process, it noted which owners reported having moving violations on their driving records and which of 526 car models they drove. On the whole, 19.9 percent of motorists reported having a recent traffic ticket, but drivers of some cars scored much higher.
Owners of the Subaru WRX have the dubious honor of earning the most tickets, on average: 33.6 percent of them reported having a recent violation.
That's not just a useful tidbit of information; it can have a huge impact on insurance rates. A WRX owner with no infractions might pay an annual premium of $2,618 to $4,182, depending on where s/he lives. Add one speeding ticket to the mix, and that figure can skyrocket to $3,610 to $5,248.
Here's the list of the top ten most-ticketed cars and the percentage of owners with recent violations on their records:
1. Subaru WRX: 33.6%
2. Pontiac GTO: 32.7%
3. Scion FR-S: 32.6%
4. Toyota Supra: 30.8%
5. Subaru Tribeca: 29.7%
6. Volkswagen Rabbit: 29.6%
7. Mercury Topaz: 28.8%*
8. Scion tC: 28.8%
9. Toyota FJ Cruiser: 28.4%
10. Mazda Mazda2: 28.1%
Of course, the study raises as many question as it answers. For example, does the Subaru WRX get more tickets because it attracts reckless and/or youthful, inexperienced drivers? Or are cops more prone to keep an eye on (and pull over) WRX drivers than, say, drivers of the Porsche Cayman (which ranks #512 out of #526)?
That said, the data is out there, and insurance companies may consider it when calculating your rate, even if you don't have a ticket yourself. If you're planning to buy a new or used car, why not see how your favorite model stacks up? It could save you -- or cost you -- down the line.
* We're as shocked as you are.
The men in blue will turn pink in October in their effort to call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
One of the Leesburg Police Department’s black and white vehicles will roll out today with a new hot pink design. Leesburg Police Chief Rob Hicks, who recently took the reins of the department and whose wife is a cancer survivor, called it a “horrible disease” that affects many lives in the community.
“As police officers, our No. 1 goal is to save lives and protect people. This awareness campaign is right in line with our core values,” Hicks said.
Hicks added officers will use the vehicle on patrol throughout the month and also appear with the car at special events.
According to a press release from the city, the police motto “Serve and Protect” was replaced with “Prevent and Detect” to encourage breast exams and other preventative care to fight cancer. The new decal will be displayed throughout October and will be removed at the end of the month.
Leesburg-based Hunter Signs — a business that specializes in vehicle artwork and other customizations — donated all the materials and services to decorate the 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit cruiser for the department.
“I enjoy helping the police department, and this is a really good cause,” Hunter Signs owner Justin Hunter said in the release. “I am happy to be part of it.”
The Leesburg Police Department also is permitting officers to show support by wearing small pink ribbons, bracelets or pink undershirts.
Groveland residents will start seeing something fuzzy with their police department starting Wednesday, too. In an agency where only mustaches have been allowed, Police Chief Melvin “Smitty” Tennyson is allowing patrol officers to have beards for six months starting Wednesday in exchange for a $50 donation that will go to Pink Heals of St. Johns, a nonprofit organization tied directly to assisting cancer patients.
Like the mustaches, the beards can’t be dyed and must remain neat and trimmed to help maintain a professional appearance.
“This is something that is very dear to our chief’s heart,” said Groveland police spokesman Lt. Scott Penvose, who added it may take him the full six months to grow a beard.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is hoping residents can help turn the county pink by purchasing “Lock it (breast cancer) up for Life” T-shirts they are selling to support We Care of Lake County. Those interested in the T-shirts can call 352-516-4022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is selling chicken dinners in front of the City Hall in Bushnell from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday to benefit the expenses incurred by former deputy Angie Wilkinson who recently developed cancer, as well as for a second deputy, Toby Lockwood, whose wife is facing major medical bills.
“We believe this is a good cause,” said Lt. Bobby Caruthers, a spokesman for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
Some Lake County firefighters will start hitting the streets in October with a bright pink fire truck at various charity events. The truck also will visit the Chick-fil-A businesses in Lady Lake and Mount Dora most Fridays for lunch, where cancer survivors and their families can sign the vehicle.
Lake County commissioners and the county’s Public Safety Department donated the retired vehicle to the Lake County Firefighters Charity, a nonprofit established by the Professional Firefighters of Lake County Local 3990 to help support and bring awareness to breast cancer.
Last year the vehicle was part of the National Pink Heals Tour of pink fire trucks.
“People thought it was so cool,” said Lt. Brian Gamble, vice president of Professional Firefighters of Lake County Local 3990.
A schedule of the truck’s appearances can be found at www.lakefirefightercharity.org.
It's a natural extension of Segway's Patroller product line — an ideal match for missions that require a larger vehicle, which displays a more visible and obvious security presence (even in a parked position without a rider aboard), or that require a rider to frequently mount and dismount the vehicle during a patrol.
Powered by multiple rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries that can be charged at any standard electrical outlet or swapped out for replacement batteries to allow for continuous use, the SE-3 Patroller also features independent direct rear wheel drive, travels in reverse and turns in a very tight radius.
The SE-3 boasts rugged Whelen® emergency lights, a headlight, brake light, siren and lockable storage, as well as a 4.3" color display that is sunlight-readable, which provides the rider easy-to-understand operational data including speed, battery life and distance travelled.
Segway quality — now also on three wheels.
Chevrolet Silverado joins the police
April 30, 2014 | FoxNews.com
Chevy has deputized the Silverado.
The full-size pickup will soon be offered with a Special Services Vehicle (SSV) package developed for use by police and other emergency response agencies.
Based on the 5.3-liter V8 equipped Silverado 1500 CrewCab, the SSV comes with a choice of bed sizes in 2WD and 4X4 models.
Updates specific to the package include an auxiliary oil cooler, high-capacity air cleaner, high-output alternator and auxiliary battery.
Prewiring for lights and other electronic equipment is also available, as is vinyl rear seat upholstery for reasons we expect are obvious.
As with many police vehicle offerings, departments can order multiple Silverados that use the same key so officers don’t have to go hunting for them when duty calls, although that’s probably not something they want criminals to be aware of.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 SSV completes the Detroit 3’s police pickup posse, joining the special services Ram 1500, which kicked off the segment in 2012, and the Ford F-150 that followed in 2013.
ECCO Announces the Acquisition of Public Safety Equipment (PSE)
Graeme Preston, ECCO Safety Group
1st April 2014
ECCO Group, with headquarters in Boise, Idaho, announces the acquisition of Public Safety Equipment (PSE), which includes the following well-known international brands: Code 3, Premier Hazard, Britax PMG, PSE Amber, and PSV.
ECCO Group is primarily engaged in sales of reverse alarms and amber warning products for commercial vehicles and recognizes PSE as the ideal platform to expand its global presence and to penetrate the worldwide emergency vehicle’s sector, allowing the group to compete as a strong global player in both sectors.
The expanded organization, known as ECCO Safety Group, will have manufacturing in nine locations on four continents, along with an additional four sales offices in Germany, France, Australia, and China, together employing 900 team members.
Chris Marshall, CEO of ECCO Safety Group explained, “This is a huge development for us as it brings strong brands, additional products and substantial access to the global emergency services sector. ECCO Group is well known for supplying amber warning beacons and lightbars to the commercial vehicle aftermarket sector along with reverse alarms to OEMs, so this development will see an expanded group investing for the longer term in service and innovation to support its customers around the world. We are offering red and blue emergency lighting, mirrors, switches, signal and accessory lights and wiper equipment drawing upon the expertise and experience that the PSE team brings with them.”
ECCO Group currently employs 270 people around the world with manufacturing locations in USA, Europe, Australia, and a sales office in China.
PSE employs 630 people with manufacturing locations in the USA, United Kingdom, and China; along with sales offices in Australia, Germany, and France.
ENHANCED VERSIONS OF POLYTAC®
AND POLYTAC® HP POLYMER FLASHLIGHTS
New Models Feature
Greater Brightness and Updated Design Features
EAGLEVILLE, PA, March 4, 2014 - Streamlight®,
Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser
sighting devices, has updated the brightness and design of its popular PolyTac®
and PolyTac® HP polymer flashlights. Each light features a power LED
that delivers up to 275 lumens and an improved grip, as well as a programmable
switch that gives users the choice of three operating modes.
Their compact size, combined with their
strong, tough polymer casing and high light output make both models ideal carry
lights for first responders, outdoor enthusiasts and industrial professionals
alike. Both lights now offer three settings (high, low and strobe) and include
TEN-TAP® programming that allows user selection of three different
programs: high/strobe/low (factory default); high only, or low/high.
The all-purpose PolyTac is designed for the
broadest range of lighting applications to offer the best value. Its C4®
LED and parabolic reflector produce a concentrated beam with optimum peripheral
illumination. On high, the light delivers 275 lumens and 9,500 candela over a
beam distance of 195 meters.
The PolyTac HP is engineered to provide
enhanced down-range illumination. It combines a C4 LED with a deep reflector to
produce a far-reaching, targeting beam with a tight spotlight, in addition to
optimum peripheral illumination. On the high setting, it provides 275 lumens
and 19,000 candela over a beam distance of 275 meters.
The new models offer 3 hours of run time on
high, up to 65 hours on low, and 5 hours and 30 minutes in strobe mode. Both
are powered by two (2) 3 Volt CR123A lithium batteries.
Manufactured from high-impact, super-tough
nylon polymer, the lights have been updated to include a superior grip texture
to provide a comfortable, yet slip-resistant feel. Both feature a multi-function,
push-button tail switch for easy, one-handed operation of the momentary,
variable intensity or strobe modes.
“These small but tough polymer lights now
offer super brightness and design improvements that make them indispensable
tools for everything from night-time patrolling, to hunting and camping, to
performing industrial inspections,” said Streamlight Vice President, Sales and
Marketing, Michael F. Dineen. “The new PolyTac is the ideal light to carry in a
back pocket or holster for a wide range of tasks, while the PolyTac HP reaches
long distances, making it especially useful for low-light searches, lighting up
a trail, or troubleshooting utility lines.”
The PolyTac measure 5.34 inches and weighs
4.2 ounces, while the PolyTac HP measures 5.90 inches and weighs 5.2 ounces.
The PolyTac features a glass lens, while the PolyTac HP features an unbreakable
polycarbonate lens that is scratch-resistant.
Both lights have an IPX7-rated design for
waterproof operation to 1 meter for 30 minutes. Both also are impact
resistance-tested to 3 meters. The PolyTac has an MSRP of $66.95 and the
PolyTac HP has an MSRP of $77.25. Both lights are available in black,
yellow or coyote and come with a removable pocket clip.
Eagleville, PA, Streamlight, Inc. recently marked 40 years of making tough,
durable, long-lasting flashlights designed to serve the specialized needs of
professionals and consumers alike. Since 1973, the company has designed,
manufactured and marketed high-performance flashlights, and today offers a
broad array of lights, lanterns, weapon light/laser sighting devices and scene
lighting solutions for professional law enforcement, military, firefighting,
industrial, automotive, and outdoor applications. Streamlight is an ISO
9001:2008 certified company. For additional information, please call
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