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2013 Police Fleet Expo - Charlotte


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2013 Police Fleet Expo - Charlotte

By Police Fleet Manager Staff


The 2013 Police Fleet Expo – Charlotte opened with a day-long Ride & Drive at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. All of the pursuit-rated sedans, crossovers and SUVs—in all of the available powertrains—were on-hand for the attendees from all over the U.S. and Canada.

The fleet managers were free to drive these police vehicles as easy, or as hard, as they wished. The course was tweaked with input from Chevy, Dodge, Ford and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to include everything from open, high-speed sweeping turns to sharp and tight 90-degree intersection-style corners. 

This year at the track it rained the entire time…which was good! You learn more about an emergency vehicle under adverse driving and road conditions than under the more common sunny and dry situations.

The soaking wet track gave attendees a chance to feel the seamless transition from FWD to AWD on the Taurus-based Police Interceptor Sedan and the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility. It also gave opportunities to test the effectiveness of traction control and stability control on the Chargers, Tahoe PPVs and Caprice PPVs.

Fleet managers activated traction control, anti-lock brakes and stability control dozens of times during the two-minute drive through the cone course. As a nod to the effectiveness of electronic braking, stability and traction systems, less than five cones were knocked over the entire day—even on a very slippery track.

The highlight of the Ride & Drive was a ride through the same cone course in the same police vehicles at the hand of two NASCAR drivers. Chevrolet arranged for autographs and passenger rides with Jeff Burton, who drives the Number 31 Chevrolet SS. On the Ford side, it was Greg Biffle, who drives the Number 16 Ford Fusion. (Dodge sponsored an autograph opportunity by Kyle Petty, a co-host for the Speed Channel and commentator on TNT, during the Expo Hall hours.)

The day’s activities included an Upfitter’s Alley. Chevy, Dodge and Ford all had static displays with all of their police and special service vehicles, and many green and admin vehicles. The Upfitter’s Alley also included a number of aftermarket vehicle upfitting and accessory manufacturers…lightbars, push bumpers, prisoner partitions, center consoles.


Ford Motor Company

Ford kicked off the Vehicle Manufacturer Dialogues with a report on the sales mix of the Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility. From the first deliveries in March 2012 through June 2013, the ratio of Sedans to Utilities was 45 percent Sedan, 55 percent Utility. Ford reported that taken together, these two vehicles account for 45 percent of the police market.

New for 2014, the 3.7L V6 is standard in the PI Sedan. This engine produces both more power and better fuel economy than the 3.5L V6. Also new for 2014, a lower front grille is standard on the PI Sedan. All-Wheel Drive is standard on both the PI Sedan and PI Utility. Front-Wheel Drive is only available on the now-optional 3.5L V6 in the PI Sedan, and not available on the PI Utility. New wiring harnesses are available for both vehicles to reduce upfitting time.

Announced during the Police Fleet Expo, the 365 hp, 3.5L EcoBoost (twin turbo) V6 is now an option on the PI Utility. Also announced during the PFE, Surveillance Mode from InterMotive is available on both the PI Utility and PI Sedan. Surveillance Mode uses Ford’s Blind Spot Information System and Reverse Sensing System to detect persons or objects approaching from the rear, and engage officer safety countermeasures.


General Motors

Chevrolet’s big news for 2014 was the new steering column (IP) mounted shifter for the Caprice PPV. The largest of the police sedans, the Caprice will come standard with a full-length center-console mounting plate, an enhanced police seat, and a front seat-only side curtain airbag (allows full-coverage prisoner partition).

The 2013 Impala will continue as a police package vehicle thru the 2014 model year. The Impala 9C1 has the lowest initial cost of any police package vehicle. The Tahoe PPV will have a short 2014 model year to prepare for the 2015 NextGen Tahoe. The current Tahoe has the lowest repair cost, the longest service life, and the highest residual value of any police package vehicle. That gives it the lowest total cost of ownership of any police vehicle.



For 2014, the Dodge police fleet is mostly a carryover—at least until mid-year. The Charger Pursuit gets an even smoother-throw column shifter arc, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and optional power adjustable pedals. The police-specific seat has been tweaked for more comfort and the seat belt receptacle is taller.

At 41 percent of the police market (based on registration), the Charger Pursuit clearly leads the six-vehicle field of police package vehicles in market share. Three vehicles (Charger, 41 percent; Ford PI Utility, 25 percent; Ford PI Sedan, 20 percent) make up 86 percent of all police vehicles.

In mid-2014, the Charger Pursuit with the 5.7L V8 will get the option of All-Wheel Drive. This is a Rear-Wheel Drive based system—on demand, the front wheels are engaged. The RAM 1500 4x4 Crew Cab and the Dodge Durango SUV continue as Special Service Vehicles.


Agency Networking Sessions

At the Police Fleet Expo, the Agency Networking Sessions are divided into three groups: Under 50 Vehicles, 50 to 150 Vehicles, and Over 50 Vehicles. The Small Agency Session is especially important since the fleet manager in these agencies handles the fleet as a smaller part of other police department duties or as a smaller part of involvement with a city/county muni fleet. Networking among small agency fleet managers at PFE is an outstanding learning experience.

In the Small Agency Session, the clear focus was on selecting one of the 300-ish- horsepower V6-powered police vehicles for fuel economy. After all, the outgoing Ford CVPI had only a 250 hp engine.

Even more progressive was the challenge from these fleet managers to admin staff from detectives to chiefs that they don’t need full-size, police package vehicles. This is the first easy and positive step to greening the police fleet. Admin vehicles should be the greenest, most fuel efficient sedans in the fleet—mild hybrid, full hybrid, all-electric, 4-cylinder.

High-pressure CNG and low-pressure propane conversions were discussed. Most aftermarket conversions are not crash tested, and few conversion kits include hardened engine exhaust valves and seats. Caveat Emptor.

Excessive idle reduction policies were also discussed. Solutions are either time-based (maximum amount of engine idling permitted) or temperature-based (idling only permitted above 80 deg F or under 40 deg F). Finally, there was a great deal of discussion on the clear trend of body-worn cameras replacing or augmenting in-car cameras.


Mercury Associates

In the Right Size the Fleet session, fleet managers reviewed the Mercury Associates’ Vehicle Allocation Model. This session emphasized: 1) the cost of pool and under-utilized vehicles are actually higher than fully used vehicles; 2) high-mileage vehicles should be rotated into low-use assignments; and 3) the goal for new vehicles should be the smallest and most economical vehicles that can perform the task.

In the Fleet Replacement Program session, Mercury Associates emphasized the importance of the lifecycle cost analysis. This is an objective and financially persuasive way to move the focus from initial vehicle cost to the total cost of ownership. Lifecycle costs are initial cost plus upfitting cost plus decommission cost plus operating cost minus residual value and all divided by miles of service life. Also explained was the equally compelling “operating cost versus time” and “depreciation cost (vehicle value) versus time” curves—and where they crossed. Replace vehicles on the lowest total cost portion of the curve. 


Brite Computers

In the Tablets for Squad Cars session, fleet managers saw solutions from Brite Computers for the problems of full-size laptops, namely, pads and tablets (and convertible laptops). With the same computing capabilities, a tablet 1) takes up less space in the crowded vehicle, 2) is easier to install outside of the airbag deployment zone, and 3) allows better visibility out the windshield.



In the All About Brakes session, Raybestos technicians explained that pedal pulsation does not come from excessive heat that warps rotors. Rotors don’t warp. Instead, they wear unevenly. The main cause of pedal pulsation is thickness variation in the rotor. The main cause of thickness variation is excessive lateral runout of the rotor. This runout allows the abrasive semi-metallic pads to intermittently touch—and grind—thin spots on the rotor. The solution is to use a dial indicator to check the runout out on every rotor every time a rotor is changed, and to star-pattern torque wheels every time wheels are put back on.


DeRousse Fleet Consulting

Bill DeRousse closed the conference with a session on the importance of year-end reports. Fleet managers must first know all their costs for all aspects of their operation and then document these for all in police admin and city/county government to see. We must know actual versus budgets costs for fuel, parts, labor, outsourced work, and other aspects of operating costs. Finally, we must run fleet management and fleet maintenance exactly like a competitive business. That is our best defense against privatization. You can’t measure what you don’t measure.


BG Products

Technology trends were covered by officials from BG Products. The theme was more than just the importance of fuel quality testing, oil analysis, and the selection of the right oils and fluids. Instead, it was that the new technology in the NextGen police vehicles presents new maintenance challenges.

In fact, the new engine technologies of variable valvetrains, cylinder deactivation, and direct injection have a huge impact on fleet operations. Most police engines have one of these new technologies. By 2015, some police engines will have all three.

There is simply no such thing as a universal oil, fluid or coolant. No longer can any weight or blend of engine oil be used. No longer can any trans fluid be used. No longer can any engine coolant be used. Those 100,000-mile powertrain warranties are all conditional on the use of the right oils, fluids and coolants.

The 90 exhibitors in the sold-out Expo Hall featured every aspect of fleet maintenance and fleet management. Ten companies picked the Police Fleet Expo – Charlotte to unveil new products.


Bendix Police Pads

The Bendix Police Semi-Metallic Brake Pad was one of the new products introduced at PFE – Charlotte. Second only to tires, disc brake pads are the highest wear item in the police vehicle. In fact, many Preventative Maintenance programs call for a brake-pad thickness inspection during every oil change. This also makes the best practice of rotating the tires at every oil change easy and obvious.

The problem with brake pads that wear quickly is the ill-advised temptation to replace the pads with whatever the local auto parts store happens to have. Big mistake. The rule has always been to replace the OE pads with OE pads, or OE-equivalent pads. And the burden of proof that the pads are truly OE-equivalent falls on the pad manufacturer. Many claims of OE-equivalence are made, but few companies offer proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Just because the brake pad fits on a police car doesn’t mean it belongs on a police car.

Bendix® by Honeywell is one brake pad company that is both 1) an OE brake pad supplier for some vehicles and 2) has had their police pads independently tested against OE police pads. Their proof of OE-equivalence for the Bendix Police Semi-Metallic Disc Pads is Link Engineering’s Declaration of Conformity using Laboratory Brake Evaluation® in accordance with the OE baseline.

Link Engineering tested the Bendix Police pads against the OE pads on the Dodge Charger Pursuit and the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV. They checked four areas important to police patrol: maximum stopping power, shortest stopping distance, resistance to fade and quietest braking.

“Equaled or exceeded” is an over-used term, but that is exactly how the Bendix Police pads performed in all four tests and on both vehicles. The Bendix Police pad can prove its claim of being OE-equivalent.

The one aspect of brakes that cannot be objectively tested is brake pad wear/pad life. Every fleet manager knows this varies from officer to officer, from precinct to precinct. In this regard, the Bendix Police pad is claimed to be “comparable” to OE pads in service life. Since the Bendix Police pads were OE-equivalent in other areas of brake performance, comparable wear is easy to believe.

Bendix used their years of experience with the Fleet MetLock® pads to develop the Police pads. However, they also added a coating from their TitaniuMetallic™ II premier line of semi-met pads. The unique blue color of the titanium metallic coating is a sign that these pads do not need to be burnished after pad installation.

The facts are that all other brake pads should be burnished (a series of increasingly harder stops from increasingly higher speeds) yet virtually no brake job includes this last step. With the titanium metallic coating, no burnishing is required. The Bendix Police pads stop with maximum force with the very first brake pedal use.

Bendix Police brakes are available for the Ford CVPI, PI Sedan, PI Utility and F-150; the Dodge Charger, Durango and RAM 1500; the Chevrolet Impala, Caprice, Tahoe and Silverado.


Brooking Industries

Brand new from Brooking Industries is their Invisi-Lock Remote-Keyless Door Unlocking System. This is the answer to the problem of safety placing a prisoner in the rear seat of a locked police car without having to fumble around for the keys or fob. The prisoner is always under the officer’s power direct control.

From the locked and fully secure condition, the officer simply passes a wristband-worn key near a rear window-mounted or B-pillar mounted RFID antenna. The antenna sends an unlock signal to the reader, which power unlocks the rear doors. After six seconds, the rear doors are power locked again.

Lock, unlock, in goes the prisoner, auto lock. All while keeping the prisoner under control. All without the need to find the key to unlock the front door in order to unlock the rear door. All without to find the fob—and then find the right button on the fob. All with unlocking just the one rear door.

The Invisi-Lock is programmed for one wristband key per RFI antenna. On patrol cars with one rear seat antenna on each side, Brooking can integrate both keys into a single wristband.


D&R Electronics

D&R Electronics introduced their greatly upgraded Odyssey lightbar at the Police Fleet Expo. The Odyssey is an all-in-one LED lightbar and full-size traffic director. The Odyssey has a well-established track record but was recently modified in a way to deserve notice.

The Odyssey consists of 20 LED modules around the perimeter of the lightbar, and up to 24 LED modules in the arrowboard. The modules can be any combination of single color or dual color. The Odyssey can be set up with two takedowns, left and right alleys, or full front takedowns.

The Odyssey can be dimmed either manually by the officer or automatically by a photo cell. The Odyssey also has a “cruise lights” mode, i.e., low amp, low power, steady burn. The Odyssey is built on an aluminum frame and is available as either powder coated white or black.

The dual microprocessor lightbar is controlled by a proprietary controller. Other makes of sirens may or may not be compatible with the Odyssey controller. D&E, of course, makes a variety of siren and speaker systems.

Of course, what separates the Odyssey from all other roof-mounted lightbars is the integral, high-profile traffic director. Many police vehicles use sequential amber lights built into the lightbar or a separate deck-mounted light. The Odyssey uses a much higher-profile, much more motorist-informing arrowboard.

The Odyssey uses a motorized actuator to raise and lower the arrowboard. When raised, the arrowboard is easier for oncoming traffic to see than any deck-mounted traffic director. An actual DOT-style arrow sends a clearer direction to oncoming traffic than the typical sequential amber lights on a roof-mounted lightbar.

The Odyssey has an optional road alert message board. In addition to the DOT-style left and right arrows, actual text can be displayed on the arrowboard, i.e., accident ahead, slow down, keep left, lane closed, etc.


Federal Signal

Just in time for the PFE-Charlotte, Federal Signal introduced their Latitude™ warning light. The Latitude is intended as either an addition to an external lightbar or as the basis for a slick-top lighting package. It can be mounted either internally or externally, under the rear roof spoiler on a Ford PI Utility, for example.

The warning light is just 1.1 inch tall by 2.6 inches deep, making it a good choice for the rear deck. While all versions of the Latitude are available with all-Amber to the rear, this warning light does not have directional functions. The Latitude is an economical option to using a number of smaller, individual LEDs.

The Latitude uses three LEDs per module (head) and each module is available in Red, Blue, Amber or White. The light is available in four-head, six-head and eight-head versions. The Latitude has 10 different flash patterns. The Latitude uses Solaris® LED reflector technology. The Solaris LED reflector technology, used in most other FedSig lightbars, is their engineered solution for the maximum off-axis warning.


Ford Motor Company

During the PFE – Charlotte, Ford announced a major upgrade to the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility: the option of a 365 hp, 3.5L EcoBoost V6. This twin turbo engine has been an option on the Taurus-based Police Interceptor Sedan, is the only engine in the retail Taurus SHO, and an optional engine in the Ford F-150 pickup. This is also the engine powering the retail Explorer Sport, which is what gave law enforcement hope that it would be available in the PI Utility.

The base engine for the PI Utility is the 304 hp 3.7L V6, the same base engine in the PI Sedan. This announcement means the PI Utility and PI Sedan will share the same base 3.7L V6 engine and the same 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine. Both the PI Utility and PI Sedan come standard with an AWD driveline. Built on the same platform at the same Chicago Assembly Plant, the PI Utility and PI Sedan share dozens of maintenance and repair parts.


Havis, Ford and LAPD

Havis chose the Police Fleet Expo to unveil the technology buzz of the season: the NextGen in-dash mounted screen in Ford’s Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility. This is LAPD’s vision of the future police vehicle, the next step forward in police interiors and upfitting.

With more law enforcement devices added to smaller police vehicles, the in-dash screen is a major upfit solution. The LAPD worked with Havis, Australia’s national Safety Agency and Lectronix to jointly develop this solution. Officers will have an integrated screen with touch controls for all of the upfitted emergency and communication equipment.

Ford’s design effort led Havis to make a dash molding that precisely and securely wraps a Lectronix monitor. Computer Aided Design data from Ford allowed Havis to use factory OEM mounting points for the screen’s location and all the required fasteners. Lectronix custom software provides the technology to complete the integration.

The LAPD design puts an emphasis on officer safety and comfort, ergonomics (human machine interface), saving interior space and technology integration. New police car infrastructures demand the safe mounting and the easy use of multiple radio connections, multiple video inputs, relocated HVAC and vehicle controls, radar detection, ALPR systems, laptop-tablet computers, printers, and other upfitted enforcement gear. The PFE attendees had the clearance to work with the system, and talk with representatives from LAPD, Havis and Ford.


InterMotive and Ford

Ford had huge officer safety news just in time for the PFE – Charlotte: production release of the InterMotive Surveillance Mode system. Police Fleet Manager covered the whole array of InterMotive upfitting modules in the Jan-Feb 2013 issue. (See, Resources, Article Archives.)

Of the dozen or so creative solutions offered by InterMotive, the Surveillance Mode Module (integrated by their Police Interface Module) is the first to become an Original Equipment option. All of the InterMotive modules are available for upfitting by Crown North America.

Ambushes on officers seem to be trending up. Every experienced traffic officer has had someone approach on foot from the rear while they were writing a ticket. The Surveillance Mode will now give officers an extra few seconds of warning.

Surveillance Mode uses two existing Ford features to form an innovative distant early-warning safety net. Their Reverse Sensing System (RSS) uses short-range ultrasonic sensors rear-facing in the rear bumper. These backup sensors detect objects up to 7 feet straight behind the vehicle. Their Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) uses short-range ultrasonic sensors outward angle-facing in the rear bumper. Their BLIS detects objects up to 7 feet at an angle behind the bumper, i.e., the blind spots.

If any of the RSS or BLIS sensors detect an object in the 7-foot ultrasonic field behind and 45 degrees to either rear side of the car, the Surveillance Mode will automatically begin counter measures. First, the vehicle will sound a chime, indicating a sensor has been tripped. Second, all of the doors will automatically lock. Third, if lowered, the driver’s window will be raised.

All of these countermeasures can be customized or deselected. For example, the system can be set up simply to activate a chime. The Surveillance Mode will also detect a vehicle pulling up within 7 feet of the patrol vehicle.

If the PI Utility or PI Sedan is equipped with a backup camera, the Surveillance Mode Module will integrate with a rear-view backup camera. If not, a rear-view camera and display-part of rearview mirror.

To engage Surveillance Mode, the trans has to be in Park, the driver’s door closed, the foot off the brake pedal, and the system turned on. Just the opposite of any of those actions or conditions turns the Surveillance Mode off.


Pro-gard Products

Pro-gard made four major announcements after the Police Fleet Expo – Ft. Worth and during the Police Fleet Expo – Charlotte. The first new product is their Universal Push Bumper with integrated ION® LED lights. The push bumper is available in either Sedan version or SUV version. The SUV style includes a third, lower crossbar. The Sedan style uses two ION lights in the top crossbar. The SUV style uses either two or four ION lights in the top crossbar. The lights are available All-Red, All-Blue or Red-Blue.

The all-steel, powder-coated Universal Push Bumper is available for most police and special-service package vehicles. Both bumpers include a platform for mounting a siren speaker. The Pro-gard bumper uses a No Holes Drilled and No Trim Cut installation. A transfer kit allows the same push bumper to be moved from older vehicles and upfitted on new vehicles.

The second major announcement from Pro-gard was their dual-color Prisoner Transport Lighting package. This includes two LED lights, a three-way rocker switch (red, white, off) and 15 feet of lead wire. The white lights are rated at a bright 250 lumens, the light output of a modern patrol flashlight. The red lights are a more ambient-oriented 140 lumens.

The LED lights use an aluminum housing and are shock and moisture resistant. The total current draw is 0.31 amps. The low-profile design (less than 1 inch) fits into the rear seat headliner with no need for cutouts. A small wire access hole and two mounting screws complete the upfit.

The third major announcement from Pro-gard was their Trunk Organizer for the Taurus-based Ford Police Interceptor Sedan. The vehicle-specific organizer is designed to take advantage of the spare tire area. This is often under-used or poorly used space. The organizer fixes that. Pro-gard has previously announced a Cargo Area Organizer for the Explorer-based Ford Police Interceptor Utility. The overall design and features are similar.

The organizer is made of durable, thick-wall ABS plastic. The organizer has removable storage dividers, giving officers a number of storage options. The load floor lids are hinged, which allows access to stored gear without having to fully remove the lids.

The fourth new product announcement from Pro-gard was their line of Motorcycle Gun Racks. This is an addition to their already existing selection of Vehicle Gun Racks.

“Motor patrol officers are often times unable to carry a long weapon due to the limited space on a bike,” said Mike Navarro, General Manager for Pro-gard Products. “With our unique Motorcycle Gun Rack, they are now able to not only carry but conceal and lock an AR-platform weapon in the saddlebag.”

The gun rack fits the Harley-Davidson FLHP Hi-side Saddlebag. It can hold up to 27 ¼ (collapsed stock) patrol rifles. It is designed specifically for the Colt M4 Carbine. However, it will accept most similar-style, AR-platform collapsing stock variations.

The Motorcycle Gun Rack also conceals an additional magazine in the universal holder.

The Motorcycle Gun Rack uses an electric gun lock with handcuff key override. The system has an eight-second delay timer and a remote-mountable momentary switch. For maximum security and durability, the Motorcycle Gun Rack is made of powder-coated steel. A charging bracket prevents weapon discharge.


SoundOff Signal

SoundOff Signal chose the PFE – Charlotte to unveil their newest lightbar, the nFORCE® lightbar. Their latest low-profile lightbar uses Nexus Technology for both forward-facing and off-axis illumination. This same lighting technology ensures the lightbar will remain lit even if one or two modules or a circuit board were to become damaged.

The fully modular nature of the nFORCE lightbar means a more basic bar can be upgraded at a later date. A rear arrow can be added. A single color bar can be changed to a duo-color or tri-color version simply by switching out modules and harnesses. Snap-in components allow for easy reconfigurations and reduced service time.

SoundOff Signal introduced the nFORCE light modules one year ago for use on Setina push bumper top bar inserts. Secondary lights using nFORCE modules continue to be used for surface mount, recessed vent, windshield and grille applications. This is the first use by SoundOff of the nFORCE lights for an external lightbar. Internal lightbars (headliner, rear deck) using nFORCE LED modules were also unveiled at PFE – Charlotte.

SoundOff has grouped the nFORCE lightbar into one of three editions—Gold, Silver and Bronze—based on the total number of light modules and the number of color options in each module.

The Bronze Edition uses single-color modules, the Silver Edition uses duo-color modules, and the Gold Edition uses tri-color modules. The number of colors per module makes a huge difference. A duo-color or tri-color is required to have a steady-white forward signal or a flashing amber rear signal. The Bronze version has six inboard LED modules, the Silver has 12 inboard modules, and the Gold has 18 modules. The number of corner modules is similar by Edition. Each lightbar has takedown and alley lights.

The nFORCE lightbar can be dimmed, and it also can run in cruise mode. It is available in seven lengths from 24 inches to 72 inches. The nFORCE bar is indeed a low-profile lightbar measuring just 2.5 inches tall. The nFORCE rooftop lightbar, interior bar, and nFORCE perimeter lights now form a total solutions collection. They can all be synch’d together. A PC app allows for easy integration with SoundOff sirens.


Terradyne Armored Vehicles

Terradyne selected the Police Fleet Expo – Charlotte to introduce their line of tactical armored vehicles. The Ontario, Canada-built Gurkha APCs come in three varieties: RPV (rapid response vehicle), MPV (multi-purpose vehicle), and LAPV (light armored patrol vehicle).

The RPV is a four-door, top hatch, half-bed 13,500-pound vehicle. The MPV is a four-door, port-side firing, top hatch, rear door 16,500-pound vehicle. The LAPV is a four-door, top hatch, rear door, 15,000-pound vehicle.

All three APCs are powered by a 300 hp, Ford 6.7L turbo diesel V8 bolted to a 6-speed auto with a 4.88 rear axle ratio mounted in a Ford F-550 chassis. All have a 4x4, shift-on-the-fly driveline. All three have a 19,500-pound GVWR. The ground clearance varies from 11.5 to 12.0 inches.

Terradyne Armored Vehicles is a subsidiary of Magna International and operates in 26 countries and has nearly 350 global facilities. They have been involved in the automotive industry for over 50 years. Terradyne produces a range of armored trucks, light tactical, and SUV vehicles.

The armor is rated at CEN B7 (7.62 NATO Armor Piercing) and STANAG 2 (7.62x39mm Armor Piercing, .50 BMG). Since all Gurkha models share the same level of protection, the principal difference between the three models is interior space and layout.

The MPV is ideal for SWAT teams with space for up to 12 officers. The RPV is used for applications including armed perimeter patrol with additional space in the rear to store equipment. The LAPV is ideal for application such as border patrol, tactical convoy, and patrol.




Police Fleet Institute

One of the nation’s most informative fleet websites was launched at the PFE – Charlotte: the Police Fleet Institute, PFI. This is a members-only organization, developed for the sharing of police fleet maintenance and police fleet management. PFI is intended to complement your knowledge as a police fleet manager, to provide information to improve any aspect of the fleet operation.

PFI is a resource with information on: 1) servicing, purchasing, and disposing vehicles; 2) developing operational budgets; 3) managing parts room; 4) fuel purchasing and contracts; 5) warranty management; 6) developing a replacement schedule; 7) keeping up with environmental regulations; 8) developing safety and accident programs; 9) determining staffing needs; 10) implementing fleet best-practices; and 11) examples of models from some of the best fleet managers in the U.S.  

The PFI website contains a searchable fleet library and also an online access to fleet managers and consultants to answer your specific questions. Membership in PFI is broken down into several paid categories.

Two of the most popular topics are also the basis for two of the most popular website columns. “Ask Wally’ is a frequently updated video link on brake components with Wally Marciniak, Brake Parts Inc (Raybestos) Director of Technical Services. “T.J.’s Corner” is a pursuit tire tutorial by T.J. Tennent, Bridgestone-Firestone Engineering Manager for Government Products.

General fleet management questions are fielded online in “Fleet Manager’s Corner” by Bill DeRousse, former fleet manager with the City of Everett, Wash. and national fleet consultant. In fact, the PFI website is directed and managed by DeRousse, who may be reached at

Published in Police Fleet Manager, Sep/Oct 2013

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