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Saddle Up and Head to Fort Worth! Police Fleet Expo May 22-24, 2012
Join your colleagues and be at the forefront to learn what’s new for police fleets. Expand your fleet management knowledge and broaden your networking opportunities by attending the Police Fleet Expo regional conference in Fort Worth, Texas. This is our first Expo in Texas and if the hospitality we’ve received so far from Texans is any indication, it won’t be our last time.
The Hendon Expo Group and Hendon Publishing, who publish Public Safety IT, Police Fleet Manager, LAW and ORDER and Tactical Response magazines, initiated the Police Fleet Expo in 2004 as a mechanism to bring timely police fleet information to thousands of fleet professionals.
In 2010, we created a regional Expo to complement the national PFE to expand the opportunity for more police fleet professionals to attend. Both Expos continue to grow and be successful because attendee and vendor participation is expanding. Police fleet professionals and fleet personnel with police responsibilities are eager to improve and develop their skills and need a dedicated police conference to address short and long term needs. As budgets continue to tighten, as the introduction of new police vehicles continues with expanded environmental regulations and technology only your predecessor dreamed of, it’s more important than ever to have a one-stop shop to improve your skills, learn what’s new, and network with colleagues.
You can expect in excess of 15 hours of timely and valuable educational sessions plus an exhibit hall open for 8.5 hours offering aisle after aisle of the most current equipment, technology and services providing you with the tools to do your very best job. Educational sessions include individual classes from Chevrolet, Chrysler and Ford with timely information on police vehicles, service issues, upfitting topics and pertinent programs for your needs.
Class topics are selected based on recommendations by attendees and presentations are provided by your colleagues, professional speakers and government representatives. Whether you are a fleet veteran or just named to your position, the variety of classes will be sure to spark your interest and provide you with valuable information you can use in your daily tasks. After the vehicle manufacturers present their topics on the first day, you’ll be taking notes on classes such as Purchasing Fuel with Contracts; Fleet Managers Liability; Fleet Management Operations – What Do I Need to Know?; Cooperative Purchasing; Tire Forensics; Preparing an RFP; Managed Competition; and New Lighting Technology and How to Use It.
Plus there’s an Agency Networking Session for you to share ideas and identify solutions with fellow colleagues. In addition to structured classes, you’ll have 8.5 hours to roam 50,000-plus square feet of vendor displays where you’ll be able to examine new equipment, discover new services, and talk to vendors. What a great way to get some cost saving ideas and put together a plan to replace outdated equipment, inquire about outsourcing, and improve your department efficiency all in one place.
Plans are also shaping up for after-hour activities to expand your networking opportunities and to take in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. Not all learning has to be restricted to a classroom or exhibit hall. The Fort Worth Convention Center houses the exhibit hall and classes. The host hotel is the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa located a short distance from the Center. Rooms are available now at a government rate for PFE-W attendees. Registration is $129, providing a great value for the money. Check the website at www.policefleetexpo.com to book lodging, view the class schedule, and see the list of vendors and other related information. Entrance to the Exhibit Hall is free with department identification.
Fort Worth is a vibrant city within short proximity to major airports and easy access from cities across the state. Whether you decide to spend one night, several nights or commute, you’ll find an excellent variety of restaurants and things to do in the Fort Worth area.
I urge you to contact me, DTucker@hendonpub.com with class suggestions and comments. Please come out and support the most valuable conference committed to police fleet professionals. I look forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.
Dennis Tucker is the PFE Chair. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in Public Safety IT, Jan/Feb 2012
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