Around the Track By Dennis Tucker
Track Tech had great participation from the Milwaukee Police Department, thanks to Chief Flynn and Fleet Supervisor Jim Bocek. They really rose to the challenge and had the following units on display: a hazardous devices unit, both the command post and robot; the mounted horse patrol, including a truck and trailer with two horses making the rounds of the infield; a Sprinter search warrant jump-out van; the tactical enforcement unit (SWAT) Bear Cat Armored Truck; and a firearms display.
In addition, the MPD had 12 of its motorcycle units available for inspection. The Police Academy provided five EVOC instructors who gave rides to attendees through their cadet course in five Crown Vic Police Interceptors. To top it all off, the MPD held its morning roll call at the infield, where the squared-away officers were present and ready for duty.
Other activities included riding Harley-Davidson’s four motorcycles. Licensed riders could take them on a short drive at the track. One of the more popular motorcycles was a police prototype trike that attendees seemed to approve of. The sponsors of Track Tech, Code 3 and Kustom Signals, displayed their newest equipment and had drawings for their equipment. Magnum Spike representatives gave a live demonstration of their spike system. Finally, the Milwaukee Mile provided two race simulators and a timed tire-changing event. Bill McGowan from Shorewood, IL won the tire-changing event in a blazing speed of 8.38 seconds. Upfitters’ Challenge
The Upfitters’ Challenge was new for the 2008 Police Fleet Expo. This was a bit of pit stop competition, a bit of showmanship, and a lot of hard work. Eight teams of two men installed a push bumper and a prisoner partition on police sedans of all three makes under the clock. Then the fastest teams by make installed corner lights on a CVPI under the clock.
All of this activity was done under the watchful eyes of three police fleet manager judges, who also scrutinized the completed work. The judges gave each team a quality rating. The upfit time was multiplied by this quality rating to come up with the final score.
Three teams installed parts provided by Setina Manufacturing on Impalas provided by Jacobs Chevrolet in Joliet, IL. Three teams installed parts provided by Patriot Enterprises on Ford CVPIs provided by Sutton Ford in Matteson, IL. And two teams installed parts provided by Pro-Gard on Chargers provided by Thomas Dodge. The three semi-finalists installed Hide-A-Blast LED corner lights provided by Code 3 on the three Ford CVPIs.
The winner of the Judge’s Choice Quality Award was Adamson Industries
of Haverhill (Boston), MA. This team was also a semi-finalist on the CVPI upfit with a stunning 40-minute assembly time.
The Overall Champion in the 2008 PFE Upfitters’ Challenge was PDS Police Services
of Mokena (Chicago), IL. One member of the PDS Police Services team had the front fascia off the Charger in just 7 minutes. They edged out Adamson in the finals by just 30 seconds.
Much more detail on the Upfitters’ Challenge, complete bolt-by-bolt coverage and many freeze-frame action shots will be in the next issue of Police Fleet Manager