The Florida Highway Patrol’s central installation facility can prep and deliver about 12 vehicles a week. Photo courtesy of Florida Highway Patrol

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Police Upfitting: In-House or Outsource?

Whether a public agency upfits its own police vehicles or sends them out depends on a variety of factors. Here’s why agencies choose their methods and some best practices they’ve learned from years of experience.

The Charger is used by agencies around the country, including California Highway Patrol. Photo courtesy of FCA

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2017 Police Vehicles

Fleet managers in law enforcement have a variety of options to choose from. The latest offerings from Chevrolet, Dodge, and Ford deliver a number of features for increased power, safety, and efficiency.

About 2,800 vehicles serve the Texas Highway Patrol, including Dodge Chargers, Ford Crown Victorias, and approximately 900 Chevrolet Tahoes. Photo courtesy of Texas DPS

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Law Enforcement for the Lone Star State

The Texas Department of Public Safety Fleet Operations is committed to ensuring its drivers have the safest and most reliable vehicles to perform their duties.

Photos of 2016 Explorer (l.) and 2016 Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford.

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Police Interceptor Utility vs. Ford Explorer

Ford's P.I. Utility and Explorer mid-size SUV may be built at the same Chicago assembly plant, but a closer look at the vehicles reveals plenty of differences.

Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.

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How to Choose a Helicopter for Your Agency

Focus on the missions you need accomplished before picking a model.

Northeast Region UAS Unit members of the Grand Forks County (N.D.) Sheriff’s Department operates this AeroVironment Qube. Photo courtesy of Alan Frazier

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Unmanned Aircraft Improve Agencies’ Operations

Use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, have become more common, and public agencies are using them to document traffic accidents and crime scenes as well as help with fires, hazmat calls, and urban search and rescue.

Photo of Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford.

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2016 Law Enforcement Vehicles

Whether your assignment requires travel by land, water, or air there are numerous options for transportation on duty.

Screenshot of Telogis Ford Telematics courtesy of Telogis.

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Benefits of Telematics to Law Enforcement

By providing real-time information about law enforcement vehicles, telematics can save officers' lives.

Photo of Rook vehicle courtesy of Ring Power.

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Justifying Your Agency's Acquisition of Armored Vehicles

Law enforcement critics say armored vehicles are the symbol of police "militarization" and no police agency needs them, but their sole purpose is to protect officers responding to protect the public during critical incidents.

Photo via Police Magazine.

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Choosing the Right Lightbar

Selecting the right LED lighting solution for your agency's vehicles can be a daunting task for the uninitiated. There are multiple factors to consider, including lumen output levels, the lightbar's shape, its interoperability with existing LED equipment in the squad cars, and even which sirens and other accessories may or may not function with new control boxes to drive the new lightbar.

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Managing a Police Fleet

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Can EVs Work as Patrol Vehicles?

By Paul Clinton
Adding a fleet of battery-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids to your motor pool is one thing. But giving an electrified sedan to a police officer seems like a trickier proposition.