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Code 3 Introduces 2016 Ford PI Utility Products
Code 3®, Inc. introduces a complete set of lights and sirens for the 2016 Ford PI Utility. From lightbar to grille, speaker, and mirror lights, Code 3 is ready to outfit your new 2016 PI Utility!
Code 3’s custom fit SuperVisor® Torus features a thin design that remains unseen until energized to help keep the vehicle as stealthy as possible, while an array of XT, TREX, MR, and ChaseTM series lights are a perfect addition to the side mirrors, push bumper, rear window, license plate and grille for those looking maximize their visibility.
Code 3's popular upper-windshield CitadelTM looks great on the PI Utility. The CitadelTM is easily installed underneath the rear spoiler and provides maximum rear window visibility while at the same time eliminating any possibility of interior backflash. Along with license plate lighting, MR6 lights in the bumper and Hide-A- Blast tail tights, Code 3 has everything you need to make your vehicle as visible as possible.
Lighting products such as the SD24 or MR6 are mounted inside the lift gate for added safety lighting.Code 3’s C3100 speakers feature highly efficient American drivers that are lightweight, yet rugged and weather-resistant and are housed in a compact, low profile design.
Most lighting products are available with both chrome and black bezels. For a complete listing of the new 2016 Ford PI Utility lightheads and brackets, visit code3esg.com or call Code 3 Customer Service at (314) 426-2700.
Established in 1974, Code 3 Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of emergency lighting and warning products for police, fire, emergency response, utility and industrial applications in Saint Louis, MO. Code 3 Inc. is a member of ECCO Safety Group (ESG).
Code 3 Introduces Emergency Lighting for the 2015 Charger
Code 3®, Inc. introduces a complete set of lights and sirens custom fit for the 2015 Dodge Charger. From the license plate to the front grille, to the lightbar, and finally to rear lights, Code 3 has you covered from all angles!
Code 3 recently released the SuperVisor Flex, an interior windshield light, which is available in MultiColor (18-up) and single color (9-up) using the latest Torus LED technology. The Flex lightheads are situated, so they shine straight ahead while the LEDs in each lighthead are designed to spread light, so they do not require aiming. This interior windshield light along with the WingMan in the back deck are ideal for the 2015 Charger.
Additional products for crucial lighting are the grille area, side mirror, and the license plates. As always, Code 3 provides deck, dash, and exterior lighting, plus Hide-A-Blasts for rear taillights. All provide optimal lighting for straight-on and off-angle performance.
For a complete listing of the new 2015 Charger lights and siren, visit code3esg.com or call Code 3 Customer Service at (314) 426-2700.
Established in 1974, Code 3 Inc. designs and manufactures a complete line of emergency lighting and warning products for police, fire, emergency response, utility, and industrial applications in Saint Louis, MO. Code 3 Inc. is a division of ECCO Safety Group.
AGENTS REMAIN IN DISGUISE WITH NEW COMMUNICATIONS KIT
TCI’s New CIPS ‘Covert In Plain Sight’ Kit Connects Patrol Radio to Standard Earbuds
ONTARIO, California – TCITM, a brand of The Safariland Group, introduces an ingenious CIPS (“Covert In Plain Sight”) Communications Kit for police officers. The new CIPS Kit allows plainclothes officers to remain covert as they transmit communications through standard earbuds commonly associated with smartphones or MP3 players - making it appear as if the operator is listening to music or simply talking on the phone.
Ideal for covert and plainclothes officers, the CIPS Communications Kit connects to a tactical radio and enables two-way communication through the earbud microphone, just like a cell phone. A separate micro PTT (Push-to-Talk) hook-and-loop ring attaches to a fingertip or belt loop, enabling the operator to key the radio and use the microphone in the headset without any indication to outsiders that a tactical radio is in use.
“With the new CIPS Kit, our goal is to allow law enforcement officers to keep open and clear communication with their teams with state-of-the-art equipment,” said Scott Carnahan, Vice President, Equipment. “And, by wearing those ubiquitous white earbuds, agents blend into the crowd since no one looks twice when they see someone wearing them.”
Engineered for maximum discretion, the CIPS Kit’s 60” cable is optimal for running smoothly under clothing. The micro PTT ring comes in black or beige to blend in with clothing. The lightweight and low-profile unit also features a quick-detach system with no threaded plugs or hardwired connections, and is compatible with most tactical and patrol radios.
TCI has been designing and manufacturing the highest quality products for almost 20 years and is well known as a market leader in high-end military and tactical communications systems. With a comprehensive understanding of industry requirements, TCI is excited to enter the retail market with the innovative CIPS Communications Kit as they provide the same level of expertise and commitment to the law enforcement community.
The CIPS Communication Kit retails for approximately $140 including white earbuds and can be found at http://ow.ly/LgCG7.
- More -About TCI
Tactical Command Industries, Inc. (TCI) manufactures various high-performance custom tactical communication headsets, audio solutions and commercial off-the-shelf communications products. Founded in 1996 by a group of law enforcement professionals with extensive experience in tactical training and mission work, the TCI brand is built upon a comprehensive understanding of requirements for the law enforcement, public safety, security and military markets worldwide.
About The Safariland Group
The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a diverse range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, ABA®, Second Chance®, Bianchi®, Defense Technology®, Break Free®, Protech® Tactical, Hatch®, Monadnock®, Identicator®, NIK®, Mustang Survival® and Med-Eng®. The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives”, is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.
For more information about The Safariland Group and these products, please visit www.safariland.com.
The Safariland Group is a trade name of Safariland, LLC.
For further information, please contact:
Chastine Gabiola Communications Specialist The Safariland Group Tel 1+909-923-7300 x31302 firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 11, 2015 | CHICAGO
New Ford Police Interceptor Debuts at Chicago Auto Show, Sets Its Sights on Innovation, Continued Sales Leadership
CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2015 – Ford will unveil the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show this Thursday, kicking off a new chapter for the utility that has changed the face of law enforcement.
Since its introduction in 2012, Police Interceptor Utility quickly became America’s best-selling police vehicle, helping Ford capture 55 percent of the U.S. law enforcement vehicle market.
The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility was developed with input from the Ford Police Advisory Board to handle the extreme rigors of police duty. In the business of fighting crime, performance and durability are king. Ford Police Interceptor Utility is the only Pursuit Rated midsize utility vehicle; Ford’s utility and sedan versions are the only Pursuit Rated vehicles with standard all-wheel drive.“Our Police Interceptor Utility is the best-selling police vehicle in America because we have a unique relationship with our customers,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford North American marketing manager for Police Vehicles.“By listening to the Ford Police Advisory Board, we have engineered a vehicle that officers love.”
To create the most innovative law enforcement vehicles, Ford listened to the experts.
The Police Advisory Board was created by Ford to refine and develop future products that meet the needs of law enforcement agencies. The board, created in 2000, consists of a rotating panel of 25 experts from the law enforcement community. The group has supplied Ford with customer feedback and served as a pilot group for products, programs and services.
The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility features a new front and rear design, new headlamps, a new instrument panel and an enhanced electrical system to distribute electrical loads more efficiently.
Available Surveillance Mode technology warns the driver when someone approaches the rear of the vehicle. Upon detection, the driver’s window automatically raises and all doors lock. Ford is the first manufacturer to bring this innovative feature to market.
As a direct response to customer feedback, Ford added a liftgate release switch, accessible to occupants in the front. It allows the rear liftgate mechanism to remain unlocked for 45 seconds before timing out, permitting officers to access the cargo area.
A rear camera with washer is standard for the 2016 model with a 4-inch screen in the center stack. As an option, the view from the camera can be seen in the rearview mirror.
Ford Police Interceptor Utility comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 producing 304 horsepower and 279 lb.-ft. of torque, while an available 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 makes 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing agencies to select the engine that best meets their patrol requirements. Police Interceptor Utility’s standard all-wheel drive is designed to deliver low-speed traction and high-speed handling and stability.
“From the heavy-duty suspension and powertrain offerings, to the unique steering and transmission calibrations, Ford Police Interceptor Utility is built to provide any law enforcement agency a vehicle ready to meet extremely demanding needs,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer for the new Police Interceptor Utility.
Both engines have been calibrated to meet extreme test requirements defined by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Tests include aggressive driving on road courses and racetracks, braking and acceleration, top speed and city pursuit testing.
In both Police Interceptor models, the standard six-speed transmission features a unique Pursuit Mode specifically programmed for law enforcement use. The transmission automatically switches from normal, fuel-saving operation to Pursuit Mode when it detects aggressive driving situations, based on brake line pressure, deceleration and lateral acceleration rates.
Once in Pursuit Mode, the upshift and downshift performance of the transmission is optimized for aggressive driving, returning to fuel-save mode when it senses the aggressive driving is complete. The software is tuned to perform a reverse J-turn, which is when a reversing vehicle is spun 180 degrees and continues, face forward, without changing direction of travel.
In addition to unique cooling systems designed for extreme use, Police Interceptor also features custom-developed brakes designed to withstand excessive use. The 18-inch steel wheels have high venting characteristics to help cool the brakes.
The vehicle has been designed to stand up to the demands of police work, with heavy-duty powertrain mounts, reinforced subframe mounts and unique hubs and bearings. Larger-diameter springs are used in the suspension. The upgrades help ensure every Police Interceptor model can handle the extreme rigors of law enforcement work. Even the tires are specifically designed to meet durability and pursuit standards, with some departments logging as many as 50,000 miles per year.
The unibody structure of Police Interceptor Utility features boron steel in the A-pillar and a hydroformed, high-strength steel tube that runs the width of the vehicle to improve structural rigidity. Interior and exterior dimensions remain the same for the 2016 model.
Designed in Dearborn, built in Chicago
Police Interceptor Utility and Police Interceptor Sedan are sold in more than 80 markets around the world, but built in the heartland of America, at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant. Once initial work is completed at Chicago Assembly Plant, the vehicles are transported less than a mile away to Troy Design and Manufacturing to be upfitted with law enforcement equipment.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Ford, Troy Design and Manufacturing operates out of a 54,000-square-foot facility, where approximately 200 workers bring Police Interceptor vehicles to life. Law enforcement agencies can select from 125 packages, which include a variety of lighting options, wraps and styles. Last year, an estimated 269,000 police-duty accessories were installed on 36,000 vehicles before shipping to police departments across the globe.
One of the most important and recognizable features of Police Interceptor are the lights. The 2016 Police Interceptor Utility allows agencies to choose from up to 25 different patterns. The lights are now better integrated into the new front and rear fascia, allowing for a more seamless design and a stealthier look for patrol duty.
In a nod to police vehicle nostalgia, Ford added a blinking white function called “wig-wag” to the incandescent high-beam light bulbs.
Other key technologies available on Ford Police Interceptor Utility:
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http:// corporate.ford.com.
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.