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Police Fleet Expo 2012

For the first time, the Police Fleet Expo is traveling East. We chose the exciting city of Charlotte, N.C. to host the Expo, August 13 – 16, 2012. Charlotte is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This gives us the opportunity to organize events at various venues around the city to take advantage of everything Charlotte has to offer.

Since 2004, police fleet professionals have attended the Police Fleet Expo to network with their colleagues and be at the forefront to learn what’s new for police fleets. PFE provides the venue for police fleet professionals and fleet personnel with police responsibilities who 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 rollout of new police vehicles continues; with the expansion of environmental regulations; and with technology your predecessor only 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 more than 15 hours of timely and valuable educational sessions. Educational sessions include individual classes from Chevrolet, Chrysler and Ford, providing timely information on police vehicles, service issues and important programs. They are also available to answer your specific questions and meet your needs. Whether you are a fleet veteran or have just been assigned 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 and for planning purposes.

Class topics are wide and varied based on recommendations by attendees. Classes begin with the Agency Networking Dialogues providing attendees an opportunity to network with their colleagues and discuss topics important to you in an informal environment. Specific topics include Public Safety Antennas; Liability Risk; Fleet Operations; Lighting Technologies and Effectiveness; Alternative Police Vehicles; Tire Forensics; Getting the Most Out an RFP and Procurement.

In addition, Richard Flint will be speaking. From the United Kingdom, Flint is the Fleet Manager of the North Yorkshire Police Department and the Chairman of the National Association Police Fleet Managers. Flint will discuss police fleet operations and trends in the U.K., as well as spending the week getting to know us and learning from networking with attendees and vendors. 

In addition to the structured classes, the exhibit hall is open for 8.5 hours offering aisle after aisle of the most up-to-date equipment, technology and services, providing you the tools to do your job. You will have plenty of time to roam more than 90,000 square feet of vendor displays. You will be able to examine new equipment, discover new services and talk to vendors, find some cost saving ideas, put a plan together to replace outdated equipment, inquire about outsourcing, and improve your department efficiency all in one place.

Thank you, Rodney Monroe, Chief of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for being our host agency and for their hospitality. Our sincere appreciation goes to Chief Monroe and his staff for their professionalism and making us feel welcome during our preparations for the Expo.

You can look forward to being at Charlotte Motor Speedway for several activities including a Ride & Drive provided by the vehicle manufacturers and the opportunity to sit in the right seat of a NASCAR type vehicle while doing 165mph around the track! And get ready for some surprises at the track too. How about a night at the NASCAR Hall of Fame sponsored by SoundOff Signal and Setina Manufacturing? You can roam the halls with the legends honored there and participate in the interactive and stationary exhibits.

To those attendees at the Expo, Welcome!  And to those not here, I hope you read the Sept/Oct 2012 issue of Police Fleet Manager to learn about what we did in Charlotte and consider joining us in 2013. The Police Fleet Expo is here to meet your needs and extend your networking opportunities. I’m always looking for new ideas to enhance the Expo, so if you have questions or suggestions, please contact myself, Dennis Tucker, Chair of the PFE at or Vice Chair Scott Coy at

2012 Police Fleet Expo

Charlotte, N.C.

August 13 - 16, 2012

Monday, August 13

9:00am - 5:00pm Registration

Tuesday, August 14

8:00am - 5:00pm Registration

8:30 - 10:00am Agency Networking Dialogues

Attendees are divided into three groups based on number of vehicles in the agency. This informal discussion covers a variety of topics based on what attendees want to discuss or “what keeps you up at night.” Some examples are vehicle service issues, procurement, vehicle sales, equipment issues and administrative roadblocks. Share ideas, exchange solutions, and know that you’re not alone with your issues.

Small Agency: Up to 50 Vehicles

Medium/Large Agency: 50 to 150 Vehicles

State and Federal Agencies: More than 150 Vehicles

10:15 – 10:40 Opening Welcome Session

Guest Speaker: Deputy Chief Katrina Graue, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

Guests: The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Honor Guard


10:45am - 4:15pm

Vehicle Manufacturer Dialogues

During this session, each vehicle manufacturer addresses new vehicle model updates; service information; new programs and current issues focusing on police certified vehicles and other models used for various police functions. Attendees will have the opportunity to address the manufacturers with questions and/or concerns. Be on the cutting edge to hear from the manufacturer experts to empower you to improve your fleet and inform your command of recent developments. 

10:45am - 12:00pm Ford Motor Company

Presenters: Mr. Tony Gratson, Government Sales Manager, Government Sales Manager; Ms. Lisa Teed, Police Interceptor Marketing Manager; Mr. Randy Freiburger, Police Vehicle Engineering and Mr. Chris Keady, Modified Vehicle Specialist.

12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm - 2:45pm Chrysler Group, LLC

Presenters: Mr. Chris Ellis, Director of Government Sales and Operations; Mr. David Callery, Program Manager – Police and Emergency Response Vehicles; and Mr. George Bomanski, National Police Service Manager

3:00 - 4:15pm Chevrolet Division

Presenter: Mr. Dana Hammer, Manager, General Motors Law Enforcement Program

Wednesday, August 15

8:00am - 5:00pm Registration

8:30 – 9:30am How to Choose Public Safety Antennas for Future Technology

Choosing and placing antennas for Public Safety is becoming exceedingly challenging.  Antenna requirements for Voice, Data & GPS are getting more complex with the introduction of multiband radios and the use of Internet and Wi-Fi. In addition to increased use of devices that require antennas, many of the new or (near) future LTE (data) and many Wi-Fi systems require diversity antenna applications (MiMo), which may double the amount of antennas required. 

Presenters: Mr. Jan Jesman, Director of Product Management and New Product Development, Panorama Antennas Ltd., London, England and Mr. Mats Lindquist, General Manager, Panorama Antennas, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas.

9:45 – 10:30am Police Fleet Management in the United Kingdom

Police cars are police cars regardless of what country they reside in; who drives them; and which side the steering wheel is on. Police cars have a similar job to do all over the world. It’s important we keep an open mind to different approaches and methods for managing and utilizing our police fleets. This is a presentation on how Police Fleets are managed in the U.K. to include Fleet Management structure, vehicle specifications, purchase routes for vehicles and associated equipment, vehicle commissioning, vehicle de-commissioning, and more.

Presenter: Mr. Richard Flint, MBA, Chairman of the National Association of Police Fleet Managers of the U.K.; Head of Transport, North Yorkshire Police, U.K.

10:45 - Noon Liability Risk for Government Fleet Organizations

Of all the many issues for today’s fleet manager, negligence bears the most risk. Under today’s legal system, both corporations and governments may be held liable for negligence under civil law. In certain instances, a fleet manager could be held liable under criminal and civil bodies of law.

Presenter: Ms. Janis Christensen, CAFM, Director, Fleet Management Consulting, Mercury Associates Inc.

12:10 - 1:25pm Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2

Class 1: A Lightbar Conversation—A Little Goes a Long Way

Join us as we hear about the latest study about lighting your patrol vehicles. This session will give you guidance in how to go about adding emergency lighting to your fleet. What color is best at night versus during the day? How many levels of lighting do I need? Not only does LED technology allow us to do more with less and get very creative in design, but so can the use of reflective materials on marked vehicles. Learn how reflective materials enhance visibility at relatively very little cost when considering the cost of injured officers and damaged squads.

Presenter: Mr. Robert S. Martinez, Executive Director, New York City Police Department, Support Services Bureau

Class 2: Fleet Operations—What Do I Need to Know?

Managing our fleet today requires both technical and financial knowledge. You need to know what your costs are. What is your shop rate? You need to be able to brief the managers of your organization in what you do and how that benefits them. In this session we will talk about what tasks are important. We will discuss parts room costs and management and the productivity of your staff. Also, we’ll discuss warranty recovery, fuel tax recovery, accident costs, and hazard waste costs. We’ll also cover when a vehicle should be repaired or replaced.

Presenter: Mr. Bill DeRousse, DeRousse Fleet Consulting Services

1:30pm - 5:30pm Exhibit Hall Open

Thursday, August 16

8:00am - 1:00pm Registration

8:30 - 9:30am A Lesson Learned on Alternative Police Vehicles

This discussion will focus on past and current practices how the City of New York Police Department uses non-traditional police vehicles to save fuel and increase efficiency. NYPD currently has 60-plus all electric vehicles and almost 900 hybrid vehicles in service from being fully marked to marked civilian vehicles. Learn from the agency that has the highest number and most experience with alternative police vehicles. You’ll join the discussion to learn the pros and cons of using these non-typical vehicles. 

Presenter: Mr. Robert S. Martinez, Executive Director, New York City Police Department, Support Services Bureau

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

1:45 - 3:00pm Concurrent Sessions 3 & 4

Class 3: Tires 102—Tire Forensics

This is an interactive workshop/seminar for those who are interested in developing an in-depth understanding of tires, their proper use, the reasons for failures. They will also be able to apply the information learned in investigations and determining accident profiles. This information can also be applied to your shop in reducing tire failure and increasing the tire life of your pursuit tires. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn from actual pursuit tire engineers and ask the questions that you have always wanted to ask.

Presenters: Mr. Norris T.J. Tennent, Engineering Manager, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire and Mr. Rick Wendt, Channel Manager Civilian Government Sales, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Class 4: How to Get What You Need by Using a Request for Proposal

Are you looking to purchase a Fleet Management software system or any other non-traditional product? We will review the process of using a Request for Proposal (FFP) and why it brings structure to your procurement decision. The RFP reduces the risk of receiving a product that does not perform as expected, since you are required to detail out what you want the product or service to do. We will discuss a RFP’s performance objectives and how to write a RFP. We will look at why you would want to use a RFP instead of a Request for Quote/Bid (RFQ), and learn what an Operational Request (OR) is and how it is related to a RFP.

Presenter: Mr. Bill DeRousse, DeRousse Fleet Consulting Services

3:15 – 4:15pm Procurement Agents Are Your Friends

Procuring goods and services may not be the most favorite part of your job. Learn how the Procurement Agent can expedite your purchases by following guidelines rather than trying to find a shortcut, which could cause you to start all over from the beginning. The Procurement Agent can often save you money through the bid process. The primary role as public procurement agents is to obtain quality goods and services to support effective and efficient government.

Presenter:  Ms. Genetta N. Carothers, A.P.P., CCPA Program Administrator, Procurement Services Division, City of Charlotte, N.C.

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

Published in Police Fleet Manager, Jul/Aug 2012

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