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Police Fleet Expo - St. Louis

Written by PFM Staff

Upon a very successful 2010 Police Fleet Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, PFE is coming back to St. Louis! The attendee response was fantastic and local support from the St. Louis Police Department and Code 3 Public Safety Equipment was over the top!

For 2011, the excitement continues with many exciting activities being planned from vendors such as Soundoff Signal, Setina Manufacturing, Code 3 Public Safety Equipment, and others.

The Expo is designed around your input and as a tandem resource to Police Fleet Manager magazine. There’s non-stop action from top-notch speakers bringing topical information from the 15.5 hours of sessions beginning Aug. 24 and continuing through Aug. 26.

Also, be sure to visit the exhibit hall providing you with 8.5 hours so you can inspect the next generation police cars, evaluate the newest products and assess services to keep you on top of your game.

This year is poised to be a great year for police cars! At a time when fleet managers are struggling with budgets to keep their fleets afloat, it’s gratifying to know the vehicle manufacturers are providing their utmost support in providing you with choices to improve your efficiency and meet your demands.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23

3:00pm - 8:00pm Registration

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24

8:00am - 6:00pm Registration

8:30am - 10:00am Agency Networking Dialogues

Attendees are divided into three agency types for an informal review of vehicle service issues, procurement, sale of vehicles, safety, and equipment issues. Other topics of interest can be discussed as time allows. Take advantage of the resources at hand and search for solutions to problems you struggle with daily.

State and Federal Agencies

Small Agencies: Up to 50 Vehicles

Medium/Large Agencies: 50 to 150 Vehicles

10:30am - 10:55am Opening Welcome Session

11:00am - 5:00pm Vehicle Manufacturer Dialogues

Each vehicle manufacturer addresses new vehicle model updates, service information, new programs and current issues at these sessions. Attendees have the opportunity to address the manufacturers on specific topics, thank them for their assistance or ask questions. Be the first to hear about new vehicles, get answers to specific questions and take back valuable information to improve your fleet.

11:00am - 12:30pm Chevrolet Division

1:45pm - 3:15pm Ford Motor Company

3:30pm - 5:00pm Chrysler Group, LLC

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25

8:00am - 6:00pm Registration

8:15am - 9:00am The Unintended Risks Associated with Deploying Technology in the Patrol Car

This session provides attendees with the necessary information to create a safe patrol car environment. Whether you are struggling with a current layout and existing equipment or are fortunate enough to have funds to buy new equipment, this session will provide you with valuable best practices. We’ll touch on nearly everything we throw into an officer’s mobile office—from PBTs to printers, and from computers to rifles. You will be given a high-level view of what is out there and what works. Presenter: Mr. James R. Donahue, CEO, Sterling Solutions of America

9:00am - 9:15am Break

9:15am - 10:30am Mounting Computers, Printers and Weapons... Oh My!

This second session will focus closely on computer mounts, printer mounts and gun mounts as these items can quickly become projectiles in the cockpit of a patrol car. You will be shown practical solutions for safely adding these items to the mobile office environment, as well as suggestions as to what you can do to “get safe” if your budget and equipment have you backed into a corner. As the importance of technology in our daily activities continues to increase, so must our vigilance in making sure we as administrators minimize the risks of that technology in our officers’ mobile office environment.

Presenter: Mr. James R. Donahue, CEO, Sterling Solutions of America

10:30am - 10:40am Break

10:40am - 12:00pm Pursuit Tires 101

You check the oil in your car, and maybe you check the windshield washer fluid, but how often do you check your tires? It’s easy to take tires for granted, but when one goes flat or vibrates, it brings your 4,500-pound vehicle to a screeching halt. Maybe you keep a vigilant eye on your tires, but do you know how tires are made, what all those numbers on the sidewall mean, what causes a flat, and the answers to many other tire questions? Much like cars, new tires come out annually to meet specific needs. Whether you think you know everything there is to know about tires or you’re a novice, this class will provide practical knowledge to allow you to do your job better.

Presenters: Mr. Norris “T.J.” Tennent, Engineering Manager, Bridgestone Firestone Mr. Rick Wendt, Channel Manager–Civilian Government Sales, Goodyear

12:10pm - 1:10pm Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2

1. Is Leasing the Secret Weapon for My Agency? Worried about how to buy the vehicles and equipment you need in this turbulent economic climate? Are budget constraints forcing you to try to do more with less? Are old vehicles and equipment causing safety issues? There are leasing and finance plans available that will make your life easier while allowing your officers to do their job and making you a hero to your finance director!

Presenters: Mr. Bob Crowe, Government Leasing Specialist, Mears Motor Leasing Ms. Joanne Cornier, Government Leasing Specialist, Mears Motor Leasing

2. Going Green and Saving Money Are the EPA and budget cuts causing headaches? This class is a discussion of methods in advanced chemistry and hyper fluid filtration that have been successfully used around the world to reduce costs and promote lowered emissions and waste. You’ve heard a lot of claims; now hear how fluid additives and/or advanced filtration can result in better engine performance, lower maintenance costs and improved engine life.

Presenters: Mr. Ralph Shattock, Market Manager, BG Products, Inc. 1:30pm - 6:00pm Exhibit Hall Open

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

8:00am - 3:00pm Registration

8:30am - 9:30am Understanding the Fleet Manager’s Job

Fleet management is difficult even in the best of times, requiring knowledge, focus, understanding, execution of strategies and follow-up. In today’s economic environment, the challenges are surprisingly similar. Attendees will have a better understanding of the breadth and scope of the fleet manager’s job. They will also gain awareness of the complexity of managing a police fleet and what knowledge is required to be successful.

9:30am - 1:30pm Exhibit Hall Open

1:45pm - 2:45pm Developing Effective Fleet Replacement Strategies

A sound replacement program is critical to managing a fleet effectively. No organization can optimize fleet performance or costs if it does not replace its vehicles and equipment in a timely manner. Economic downturns often undermine fleet replacement programs as organizations slash replacement funding in an effort to balance their budgets. In this presentation, we will review a step-by-step approach for determining the optimal time to replace a given type of vehicle, and for translating the economic principles of timely vehicle replacement into a compelling business case to elected officials and other decision makers for properly funding fleet replacement. A key component of such a business case is understanding the budgetary impacts of alternative financing approaches such as outright purchase, lease purchasing and leasing. Many organizations’ fleet replacement programs have been sidetracked by the “Great Recession.” In this session, you will learn about an approach that can help your organization get its replacement program back on track.

Presenter: Mr. Paul Lauria, President, Mercury Associates, Inc.

3:00pm - 4:15pm To Be Determined

4:15pm - 4:45pm Wrap-up and Adjourn

Join the Expo coordinators to provide input on what you liked about this conference and how to enhance it for next time. This is a very informal session designed to provide the coordinators with insight on how to give you the best possible conference. Bring your class suggestions for 2012, because it is through your input that we formulate next year’s Expo to give you the tools you need.

Presenters: Mr. Dennis Tucker, PFE-W Chair Lt. Scott Coy, PFE-W Vice-Chair

Published in Police Fleet Manager, May/Jun 2011

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