Every year thousands of
police departments and companies from around the world gather together at the
IACP show. And every year the companies bring forth a sampling of their newest,
best products. The products range from uniforms to ballistic gear. A large
group of products for fleets are available and growing. From lightbars to
security partitions, this year’s companies had fleets covered, from the inside
All Traffic Solutions
The SPEED Sentry from All
Traffic Solutions can be wheeled on its own to stand next to the street. It is
also available on a collapsible pole or can be attached to a street sign that
is already in place, such as pedestrian crosswalk signs, or school signs.
These signs can even attach
to normal speed signs. The brackets that hold this type of sign can be
permanently mounted so officers can move them depending on their needs. The
display can be in place across from a grade school one week, and across from a church
the next. This makes mounted speed signs diverse and able to keep local drivers
Reminding drivers of their
speeds, and perhaps reducing them, provides extra safety for areas that have
high pedestrian traffic or in work zones, where workers are present and in
danger of passing cars.
The SPEED Sentry is available
in four different models: 12, 12M, 18 and 18M. A trailer that is towable and
easily set up can fit any of the models. Either 12 inches or 18 inches tall,
the M models show speed in kilometers per hour, while the other models show the
speed in miles per hour.
All of the signs come with
the following features as standard: accurate radar from five to 200 mph; motion
pickup within 2,000 feet; LED light; and single person setup. They can also
record speeds. The datalogging option collects and organizes data for the
department to analyze. The data is stored in Microsoft Excel format, and shows
the date, time and speed for each recorded vehicle.
Another solution provides
additional speed limit enforcement around the dangerous areas near schools or
in crossing zones. The School Zone Flare-Lite from Empco-Lite is small and
light, so it can be easily moved on a daily basis. It is a yellow barricade
that has a speed limit sign posted on it, with an LED-lit light mounted on the
top to be sure to attract more drivers’ attentions.
The LED light is extremely
effective and highly visible: it can be seen at 1,000 feet during the daylight
hours, and over a mile away during the evening. In addition to using the sign
as a speed reminder, officers can use the light attached to a barricade to
block off traffic from an accident or other traffic problem. As it is light and
folds easily, it would be simple for each cruiser to have its own constantly
available in the trunk.
For additional convenience,
the LED powered light lasts over 100,000 hours, so officers can pay attention
to details more important than their batteries.
Another safety tool was
introduced from Pop-Up Flashing Cones Inc. The Pop-Up Flashing Cone looks like
a regular construction cone, but four of them come in a one-foot-by-one-foot
pouch. The cones fold down into a square at the side of their bases, and neatly
stack together for storage.
Setup is easy: unzip the bag,
separate the cones, and pop them out. Once they’re done being used, they simply
pop back down and stack back together again in their case. And they don’t use
When traffic and speed
control cannot be controlled, departmental leaders need to look for other
solutions. For drivers who are speeding away and won’t pull over, the spike
system catches them and slows them down. It controls vehicles that will not
stop safely, and while it quickly reduces the speeds of speeding cars, it makes
the roads and sidewalks safer for civilians. The Stinger Spike System does just
that: it adds a measure of control to an uncontrollable speeding vehicle.
The system is compactly
folded for ease of movement; is thrown into the road for officer safety, and
then pulled apart from the side of the road. The spikes on the bar point toward
the tire on a tilt. When a tire passes over it, the safety guards are pushed
down and the spikes enter the tire completely. When the tire rolls over the
spikes, the spikes remain in the tire, at once beginning to deflate the tires
and leaving no debris on the road to damage other vehicles or to clean up.
The tires will pick up from
four to six spikes each, and the tires will deflate within 20 seconds. After
its use, the Stinger can be ready for action rather quickly. Once the spikes
are replaced it is ready to be put into action again. And here’s a special
perk: when the system is used in the line of duty, Stinger replacement spikes
are free of charge.
Sirens and Lights
Haztec International offers a
diverse and prolific line of warning lights. Its Syngery group of lightbar
ranges (Xpress, Xtra and Xtreme) has aluminum bases, and the coverings are made
of UV stabilized polycarbonate. The mould design offers easy access to bulbs,
so they may be changed without much trouble.
The bars are available in 12
or 24 volts, with halogen or LED lights. They cover the full spectrum of the
rainbow, with bars available in: blue, amber, red, green, magenta and clear.
Its series of low line
lightbars come in lengths from 23–69 inches. They are all only four inches in
height, and 11.5 inches in width. The available lights are halogen or strobe
(with mirrors). Each bar has multiple flashing patterns, and the LED option combines
stop, tail and turn lights.
The raised profile lightbars
are available from 23–100 inches in length. They are all six inches in height
and 11.5 inches in width. Bars are available with halogen, strobe and LED
The most dynamic are the
dual-level light bars, which range from 23 inches wide to 100 inches long, six
inches tall and 11.5 inches wide. The light bars have LED or strobe lights on
the base, with primary lights on top, for dual coverage and more flexibility.
Star Headlight & Lantern Company
The Phantom Undercover
Lightbar was designed for undercover or unmarked vehicles. At less than one
inch high, the Phantom is a high-powered, inconspicuous lightbar. The bar is 42
inches long and keeps itself light at only 2.6 pounds. Its user-friendly
platform includes a 15–20 minute installation process. It is made to mount
under center visor clips above the cruiser’s rear view mirror.
The small bar houses 270 LEDs
that use 35 different flash patterns, and come in blue, red, clear, green and
amber. It may be small, but it’s a powerhouse.
The Star Sabre platform is
available in six different light configurations. Also maintaining a low
profile, the bar is under four inches tall and 46 inches long. Its designs
include choice of halogen, LED and strobe lights. And, if the six
configurations are not enough to choose from, Signal Vehicle Products offers
custom configurations at no extra charge!
The Unistar Command Center
comes in two models, with an easy to read face and six different siren choices
and PA capability. An amplifier mounts into any cruiser’s trunk. The keypad is
backlit in both red and green to need very little attention for operation.
The Code 3 Javelin is a
two-level LED bar that uses LED, strobe and halogen technology. It can use
combinations of the three, or use only LED or strobe lights at once. Above the
corner LED module, sweeping intersection or strobe intersection lights can be
mounted for more rear end protection.
All of the casing, bridges
and gaskets are transparent, which makes the lightbar almost disappear. The
lenses are easily removed for bulb replacement.
The Javelin comes in 12
different models, with enough options to fit any patrol’s needs. For additional
cost to the user, Code 3 offers a Build-Your-Own deal at special pricing.
Federal Signal offers five
different lightbar configurations. The Raydian reaches 360° for full warning
and attention attraction. It incorporates 50-watt takedown and alley lights in
the mounting feet, so the LEDs surround the lightbar. It is low profile and
The Arjent is ultra low
profile, but just as strong as any other lightbar. It uses LED and strobe
warning lights, with SignalMaster directional lighting, and the 50-watt
takedown and alley lights. The shell is made of polycarbonate.
The Cuda Spectre is an
aerodynamic lightbar with a two-tier design. The design uses 32-channel control
for extra light options.
The VISTA is a multi-level
configuration in an elliptical shape. According to Federal Signal, this
lightbar was built for larger patrol vehicles, such as SUVs. It can use
halogen, LED or strobe, and comes in 36- to 71-inch lengths.
The Vector lightbar is
V-shaped with seven lights. The light pod can have either rotating,
oscillating, intersection, traffic clearing or programmable lights. It is also
available in its smaller version, the Vision, for command vehicles.
Federal Signal also offers a
diverse group of additional lighting, from the LED SignalMaster, which can be
mounted either inside or outside of a vehicle, to the Delta Ray LED, which is
in a visor mount package. Smaller Cuda TriOptic LEDs are available for installation
in grills, bumpers or the rear deck.
Whelen offers an incredible
selection of different lightbars, sirens systems and warning lights— way too
many to be covered sufficiently in one article. New to its Delta series of
multi-level warning lightbars is the Delta Independence. The Independence is a
multi-level bar with LED, halogen and strobe bulbs. It can hold from two to
five halogen bulbs at once, with mirrors for added visibility. The lower level
has a built-in Traffic Advisor Arrow System, so no additional equipment is
necessary for redirecting traffic if pulled over for any reason.
It measures approximately
five and a half inches from its base to its top, and comes in 44–56 inch
lengths. It can be purchased in all safety colors, or in a clear dome with the
individual lights having their own colored domes.
Also new from Whelen is the
Edge Series of lightbars, including the Liberty LT Mini Lightbars, Ultra
Freedom FT Mini Lightbars and Super LED lightbar. The bars include Linear12
Super LEDs, with optional takedown lights, alley lights. The Super LED offers
10 Scan-Lock flash patterns as standard.
The Predator Series of
warning lights from Sound Off is made with Generation III LED lights. The
series includes Windshield Lights, Deck Lights, and Surface Mount Lights for
both cruisers and motorcycles. The Surface Mount Lights are made to mount on
the side mirrors of the CVPI.
The entire series uses
Generation III LEDs for better visibility at a larger range. Uniquely, the
Predator’s LEDs are brighter than other LEDs. Sound Off has developed a
technology called Advanced Thermal Management so each LED in the lightbar can
shine brighter, longer.
The lightbars are less than
two inches tall, and have clear casings to easily blend in with their vehicles
when they are not on. And each lightbar comes standard with multiple flash
patterns, so the officer can choose the proper setting for each use.
Two spotlights from Unity have
been introduced for the 2004 season: the Beam and the UnityHID. Both are
post-mount spotlights that are easily mounted and aimed. They are also
high-powered spotlights that run at 600,000cp. They are easy to mount, and can
be either dealer or after-market installed.
Galls has introduced two new
sirens into the law enforcement arena: the Deluxe Full Feature Siren (SK125)
and the Full Function Light Control Siren (SK126). Both sirens can run one
100-watt or two 100-watt speakers, and offer hands-free selection.
The SK125 has a rotary knob
and hands-free capability. The SK126 has a rotary knob selection and backlit
switches. The SK125 and SK126 are both only five pounds and priced to move at
$179.99 and $299.99, respectively.
With all of these tools and gadgets hooked up to a regular
vehicle, powering all of them can be a huge problem. Luckily, MNSTAR has taken
care of it, so departments don’t have to worry about it.
The MNSTAR Enforcer is a
complete, universal vehicle wiring system. The system covers all lighting,
communication and other products, while isolating emergency equipment from the
vehicle’s electronics to maintain as much power as possible.
The Power Distribution
Package isolates the vehicle’s necessary systems from the emergency equipment,
and grounds the aftermarket accessories to the battery. The 150-Amp circuit
breaker allows mechanics to quickly isolate and fix problems.
The Main Enforcer Harness
includes the Power Distribution Package, and also allows quick disconnect
connectors, spare circuits, easily readable color coded wires, and is universal
to all lightbar and warning systems. Any vehicle can use this system.
The Auxiliary Harness options
include: lightbar quick disconnect, dash and visor lighting, traffic signal
quick disconnect, and second gun lock.
The SB-008 control box from
Carson manages all in-vehicle devices. It features eight On / Off switches for
easy accessibility, and the panel is backlit, so it is easy to tell which
devices are on at any given time. The entire box can manage up to 150A. The box
includes a five-year warranty.
Command vehicles have become
more and more popular with departments across the country. Whether for disaster
response or command, these massive vehicles are outfitted to run and manage
almost all of a department’s responsibilities.
Farber Specialty Vehicles
Farber Specialty Vehicles offers
vehicles from walk-in van bodies, commercial motor home bodies, Custom Coach
buses, cut-a-way vans and chassis cabs. All of the vehicles can be tailored to
meet each individual customer’s needs.
each unit is completely customizable, there are 17 styles available to help
customers. Some of Farber’s vehicles feature 30-feet interiors, international
chassis, telescoping masts and light towers, hydraulic leveling, 20KW
generators, Whelen lighting, GPS, weather monitoring, Panasonic phone system,
galley and restroom.
Motor-home style models are built with a steel frame,
fiberglass sidewall and one piece roof. These units are powered by the Ford
Triton V-10 gasoline engine and are available in lengths 30 to 37 feet.
van bodies are constructed of aluminum and galvanized steel. City of New London
Command Center shown featuring 20' interior, MT-55 Freightliner chassis,
Will-Burt mast, hydraulic leveling and Whelen lighting. They can be quipped with everything and
anything, even slide-out rooms are available for a change.
La Boit has been producing
mobile medical clinics for the past quarter of a century, and has recently
turned its expertise over to creating the ultimate command center line for law
enforcement. The center is built into the Chevrolet C5500 truck. The center is
seven feet high, and includes gun closets, evidence bins and a large conference
LDV / Pierce
The LDV / Pierce Mobile
Command Post is the first in a new line of homeland protection vehicles. The
Command Post’s interior is divided into three areas: a forward communications
and work area, an aft command and conference room and a mid-positioned galley /
The highlight of the
communications area is state-of-the-art JPS communications technology. This
area also includes pre-wiring for radio equipment; four workstations; printer /
fax / scanner and copier; professional-grade VCR; a digital quad video processor;
a video printer; dry erase boards; and a 21-inch wall-mounted LCD TV monitor.
The entire interior has an air filtration system to protect from chemical and
Lenco Armored Vehicles
Lenco’s SWAT and anti-riot
vehicles include the BearCat, Bear, BearCom and ProCat. All of these vehicles
are armored, and covered in polycarbonate. The armor can defeat NIJ Level IV
ammunition and their floors can resist explosions. All come quipped with gun
ports, gun mounts and roof hatches.
AK Specialty Vehicles
AK Specialty Vehicles
provides high-technology mobile solutions to departments: its Responder Series
Command 21 LX is equipped with Raytheon Communications. The Responder was
developed with law enforcement veterans. It comes equipped with touch-screen
computers, satellite connection, streaming video and audio, and infrared
monitoring. It was made to reduce emergency response time by integrating
emergency communication systems into one unit.
The network server is a 1.9
GHz CPU, with Ethernet adapter and capability to support four gigabytes. It
also includes a wireless LAN and long-range directional antennas.
Its radio interface switch
interconnects audio from radio, satellite and cellular. It can support seven
different conversations at once, and allows multiple two-way or conference
The Responder is the ultimate
response vehicle, and can run almost all emergency applications from its mobile
Stewart products will
uniquely take almost any SUV and turn it into a command center. The Mobile
Command Post installation includes fax machines, desks, lights, Ethernet
access, gun and equipment drawers; and it can be fitted to any SUV. Imagine all
of these capabilities available in a vehicle as small as an SUV. And that
application makes it easy for a department to take any vehicle already in the
fleet and have it retrofitted to be a command center.
WCI’s Mobile Radio Patch
System in its trailer features a Raytheon JPS ACU-1000, laptop computer and
digital satellite system. Optional modules include: PSTN-1 DSP Hybrid Module,
LP-1 Loral Phone Module, RDI-1 Radio Interface Module with VMR / Noise
Reduction AP-1 Audio Processor Module.
The dual-axle cargo trailer
measures seven feet wide, 12 feet long, and seven feet high. It is air
conditioned and heated, has a 12V battery system and 50-Amp breaker box. It
includes two desks to provide ample workspace for officers, and two filing cabinets
for data storage and organization.
The RG-32 Mk2 is General
Dynamics’ newest addition to its lines of command vehicles. And it is ready to
see some action. The RG-32 is a disaster response vehicle that is bullet
resistant, and has bullet and mine proof armor on the outside. It can withstand
15-pound blasts from under its hull and 30-pound blasts from under the wheel.
The RG-32 boasts a Motori
six-cylinder Turbo engine, and three-speed auto 4x4 drive. It can go up to 68
mph, and can hold up to five officers at once. Its intended use was for police
peace-keeping situations, or VIP transport.
Computer technology has made
it possible for officers to take networking capabilities into their vehicles.
They can run reports, check files, and access departmental files remotely, from
their cruisers. They can videotape interactions. There is perhaps no other
technology that has revolutionized contemporary policing more than mobile data
Kontron Mobile Computing
The Kontron Envoy offers
wireless data communications, Data capture and dispatch, GPS and remote GIS
It uses an Intel 1.2 GHz
mobile Pentium III-M Processor, and supports both Windows 2000 and XP. The hard
drive can be configured up to 640MB, and comes standard with 128MB.
Customers can choose between
a 10-inch or 12-inch display. Each unit has a floppy port and two USB ports.
The displays can be read in daytime or nighttime. It features a removable
keyboard for easy access in a vehicle and one-touch function screens. A touch
screen is optional to keep the officer’s eyes closer to the road.
Palomar Display Products
The Trooper Mobile Computing
System features an easily readable screen with a wide viewing angle. It uses
the PowerShield 2.0 Power Management System, has one button shutdown and a
rugged enclosure. The unit can hold up to 40GB of hard disk space, and processes
up to 850 MB. The keyboard is backlit for easy nighttime viewing.
Optional equipment includes:
GPS, magnetic and bar code readers, LAN communications, video capture, printers
The Centurion Scout is a
mobile security system that provides officer safety like no other. The radio on
the officer sends out a signal, so he can be tracked at any point during a
response. The Scout can deliver both a voice and a data packet to recipients.
Text messaging adds to the numerous communication avenues, by allowing
messaging of up to four lines of text.
The entire system is carried
in a Pelican case, so it is lightweight and heavily protected. The system has multiple
sensors, including duress button, smoke or motion detector, door or window
transmitter, and more.
Visteon’s TACNET system
integrates lights, sirens, multiple radios, radar, patrol video and mobile data
computers into one patrol car. This reduces the number of devices installed in
the cruiser’s interior, improving officer efficiency. TACNET also gives
officers a choice of command and control options by integrating the switches
and electronic equipment controls into three main interfaces: voice control,
in-dash touch screen and control pod.
Integration of the radio
functions offers interoperability and inter-agency communication to the law
enforcement community. TACNET also serves as a cross-band repeater linking up
to five different radios. The system can receive radio transmissions, mix the
signals, prioritize them, and then play the signals on specific vehicle
speakers to aid with identification.
The ICOP 20 / 20 Digital Video
System mounts in a small space: where a radio would normally be mounted in the
dashboard. And it has an AM / FM radio built in to make sure officers don’t
resent the system’s introduction.
Two different cameras work
together to provide 20-second recording before any event, and a monitor in the
car can play back any recording. The system even has a GPS system in it.
The hard drive is removable
and password protected, to ensure information integrity.
Digital Safety Technologies
The Digital Patroller is an
integrated digital video solution. A remote camera allows live viewing. The
cameras begin recording before an event takes place, to show any probable
cause. The system can support up to four cameras and two microphones. The camera
zooms up to 18x, and captures a good picture in any lighting condition.
It has a license plate ID
function, and includes GPS, Date / Time stamping and radar.
Data can be transferred from
vehicle to vehicle or back to an office, with high-speed transfer and high
security. It can store data, complete archive searches, and transfer data to
TV, videotape, CD-ROM or DVD.
VisionHawk is a server-based
mobile digital video recorder. It gathers, transfers and stores evidence. It
can record up to 70 hours on its 40GB drive, and can record two channels of
video simultaneously. The camera can record from a front or rear seat camera
separately or simultaneously on two different channels.
The recording starts
automatically when the manual start button is pushed, or when the overhead
lights or wireless mic are activated, or upon collision. Each frame of the
video is checked to verify integrity, so no frames can be altered.
The files are easily
transferable to the department office, and the data can be stored indefinitely
without any damage.
LANEX Product Group
The LANEX mobileDVR is a
digital recorder with a 30 fps frame rate, and motion recording. A GPS can be
added as optional, as can a waterproof enclosure.
The video outputs to four and
eight channels, with programmable resolution up to 640x480. The audio features
16-bit resolution, and two input channels. It records up to 100 feet away.
Optional are radar interface,
back seat camera, drivers license reader and GPS.
The Digital Eyewitness in-car
video system from Kustom Signals features an integrated overhead console that
allows the system’s main camera to be concealed within its housing. The console
also has an optional rear-facing board camera to record suspect’s behavior
while detained in the patrol vehicle. The camera is a tiny zoom lens and
features a 40:1 zoom ratio; backlight compensation in the camera allows good
recording even without light. The system’s pre-even recording feature
automatically captures up to 25 seconds of video before the recorder is
Sure Talk is a 900 MHz
Digital Spread Spectrum Transmitter for in-car video systems. Sure Talk is
activated when the video system begins recording to ensure the audio is recorded
even if an officer forgets to turn the transmitter on. The system allows up to
20 officers to operate their transmitters in the same area without
Kustom’s Digital Eyewitness
Media Manager quickly and easily transfers, stores, searches and makes copies
of your digital files whether it is recorded using a removable hard drive or a
With all of the technical and
electrical options available to cruisers these days, there are still some
products inside the vehicle that don’t fit into the radar, sirens and lights,
or computer groups. Consoles, organizers and partitions are just some of the
equipment that departments need to think about. The following are additional
equipment every department should keep high on its list.
Havis-Shields has introduced
its line of vehicle-specific consoles. Made particularly for Expeditions and
Explorers, the consoles range from computer mounts and consolidators, to
specific cages for K9 units.
The Vehicle Specific Consoles
require easy installation and attach to the OEM console. Because they are made
specifically for one design, they fit seamlessly and do not require that the
vehicle be altered at all.
The Angled Series Consoles
were designed to hold two-piece computers in vehicles between the driver and
passenger seat. This design keeps the computer within arm’s reach and the angle
makes it easy for the driver to see the monitor. The C Series Enclosed Consoles
were designed for laptop computers, and can be easily moved from one vehicle to
Even SUV and truck consoles
are available, with extra height to raise the console up so the driver does not
need to reach down too far from his raised seat.
Pro-Gard focuses on vehicle
organization and interiors designed to make the most of their space. Its
Computer Stand offers easy installation without drilling, and a tilt top to
adjust easily for different heights. The upright post it is mounted on does not
use any passenger leg space and does not interfere with either front air bag.
The Seat Organizer holds
everything that would normally float around loosely in the cab and get lost:
clipboards, ticket books, folder, note pads, etc. all become organized when
they have a designated spot for their keeping.
The Pro-Cell Single Prisoner
Transport System offers officers high visibility of their prisoners, with
limited prisoner mobility. Its glass is armored, and sits back far enough so
both the driver and passenger can keep their seats as far back as necessary.
Pro-Gard has a long list of
products that all aim to take control over vehicle design and organization, to
make every cruiser use its space in a more economical, practical and organized
The Air Bag Switch allows
officers to choose to turn off their passenger air bags. Although air bags save
lives daily, they are not supposed to have any interference in front of them.
If proper clearance procedures are adhered to, very little space is left behind
the driver and passenger seats. If an air bag is deployed and something is in
its path, the object will be projected into the officer’s body with the air
This switch is meant to be
used when the passenger seat is unoccupied, so the driver has more space for
The system is key-operated,
and the air bag is instantly reactivated by a turn of the key. Each switch has
a lifetime warranty, and plugs into the wiring harness, so no cutting or
detailing will be necessary. And to be sure the driver knows the position of
the switch, a status light can be mounted anywhere in the vehicle.
To add to an officer’s safety
each cruiser’s partition needs to be strong, easily installed, and leave enough
room for the officers in the front seat. Setina’s Vehicle Safety Partitions
attach to the strongest parts of the vehicle, to ensure their strength and
durability. The frame is molded after a roll bar to strengthen the entire
partition for the strongest support possible. Its Bodyguard partitions are also
easily installed. The window is scratch resistant polycarbonate, and guaranteed
for 10 years.
Tufloc is a name very
well-known throughout the law enforcement community. The Tufloc Vehicle
Partition was designed to be exactly what departments are looking for: strength
and easy installation. The partitions are made to fit most standard vehicle
designs. They are built from powder-covered steel, and are framed by a roll bar
covered in foam padding. Every window configuration available is made from
Each partition comes with:
custom-fit side filler panels, hardware and brackets. Seat protectors are
Big Sky Racks
The ELS (Electronic Locking
System) Ceiling Mounts allow shotguns or rifles to be mounted on the ceiling of
vehicles and out of sight. This keeps them within reach of officers, for quick
removal. The location also keeps them out of the way and out of the driver’s
field of view.
In case of electrical
failure, the department can choose handcuff, standard or barrel keys to unlock
the rack. The support is padded, so the weapon is fully protected while in
place. Up to two mounts can be mounted on the ceiling of a vehicle, keeping up
to two weapons at an officer’s fingertips.
Ten different models are
available, from shotgun to rifles, with different sizes and trigger guards
Mobil 1 Exxon
With all of the strain that
is put on today’s patrol cruiser, its care needs to start from inside of the
machinery. And Mobil has figured out a way to care for cruisers better than
ever before. Mobil 1 10W-30 is its newest Anti-Wear Technology. Mobil 1 allows
departments to change their cruisers’ oil at every 6,000 miles, roughly decreasing
oil changes by half. Cruisers generally use approximately 75% less oil with
Mobil 1 than with the average oil. And less oil changes means less down time
per vehicle in the fleet.
Jotto Desk has introduced a
communications center mount for the CVPI: the CC-Al 1. The center can mount 16
inches of equipment, not including space for a notebook computer. When
installed, the secured system places the computer screen backed up to the dash
and not interfering with any air bag deployment areas.
The console is also available
without the computer mount to keep everything in the squad organized and out of
the officer’s way.
With all of these high-tech instruments, cruisers are
worth a lot of money, time, and devotion to caring for and updating them. Their
drivers need to be well trained in how to drive them and in departmental
approved-procedures. A simulator is the perfect way to get officers acquainted
with procedures and maneuvers without the wear and tear on an entire fleet.
The PatrolSim III Driver
Training Simulator serves as a realistic training platform for patrol
techniques. The simulator has a driver seat with typical console, surrounded by
three large screens, so the driver will see the road and surroundings with
peripheral vision, just as would happen in real life.
The programs also offer
realistic details, such as being able to see through windows, and read license
plates. Officers can practice the PIT Maneuver, high-speed pursuits, and
analysis development with instructors watching and correcting any errors. Uniquely,
up to three simulators can run the same program simultaneously, allowing
officers to respond to high-speed pursuits as they would in real life: with
more than one cruiser responding at a time. This allows officers to practice
department protocol and learn how to work as a team.
Every good fleet needs a
great design, which is why LAW and ORDER
hosts a Vehicle Design Contest annually. Vehicle designs announce their
presence to communities, and are a very visual way of representing active
enforcement in each area of the community. With everyone watching, why not put
your best fleet forward?
Valley Screen Process.
Thinking of redoing your
fleet’s exterior? Valley Screen offers squad-car graphic kits. There are 39
different styles from which to choose, including red, white and blue designs,
to different colors, to the basic tried-and-true classic black-and-white
Each kit contains two large agency names for each side
panel, along with two city or county, vehicle ID numbers and 911 emblems for
each side. A complete set of graphics and stripes is included, along with one
small agency name for the rear.
They offer discounts when
five or more kits are ordered, and ship within three weeks. The films are both
reflective and non-reflective, and were made for Crown Victorias or Impalas,
but can be adapted to other vehicle bodies.
Visual Image Systems
There are also options
available for additional warning systems that do not include lights. The Rear
End Protection Kit from Visual Image Systems was made for the Ford CVPI. Made
from either Scotchlite or Reflexite, the vinyl installs between the brake light
and reverse light housing. It installs in those locations because they are
often overlooked when it comes to lighting equipment. The kit is available in
different colors, and also for other vehicle body designs.