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Cedar Rapids Moving to Chevrolet Caprice PPV for Patrol Car

September 19, 2012

One of the seven new Chevrolet Caprice PPVs delivered to the City of Cedar Rapids. This vehicle has been through the upfitting process.
One of the seven new Chevrolet Caprice PPVs delivered to the City of Cedar Rapids. This vehicle has been through the upfitting process.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received its first batch of seven new Chevrolet Caprice PPV patrol cars for its police department. The City plans to have a total of 72 patrol units but its Fleet Services Manager, Dennis R. Hogan, told Government Fleet that this plan could change when the City hires a new police chief in late September. The vehicles that arrived are model-year 2011 Caprice PPV sedans.

To choose the vehicle, Hogan explained that the City involved a number of departments.

“The City used a cross functional team representing Fleet Services, Police Command staff, and front line officers to research and review each police vehicle being offered by the manufacturers,” he said. “Once all of the data was reviewed the team made the decision that the Chevrolet Caprice was best suited to our process and needs.”

Hogan said the biggest change in switching from the Ford Crown Victoria to the Chevrolet Caprice has been the upfitting process.

“The upfitting has been the biggest challenge based on the availability of up-fit components and the correct location based on the reduced space in the cockpit of the Caprice,” he said. “The upfit process required numerous meetings, site visits with our upfitter, and adjustments to what equipment went where in the vehicle. We now have a successful design that meets the needs of our officers and the Fleet Services organization so when the next batch of Caprices arrives later this year we will be on the same course we had when up-fitting our Crown Victoria package.”

Hogan said with all of that said and done, the City has now finalized its up-fit layout and design, and has placed three of the new Caprice units in service. Hogan said the plan is to have the remainder ready to go within the next few weeks.

By Greg Basich


  1. 1. Steve Kbiler [ September 20, 2012 @ 01:52PM ]

    Dennis, Great choice including a PD committee before making the move. Buy-in and cooperation will be much smother. Before the vehicles are placed in service, I recommend you establish the upfit as "the standard" and that you require a signed approval by a Capt. before any changes can be made to any standard vehicle configuration. Also, you may wish to request rear prisoner seat belt extensions: Jottodesk Patriot Products 11" Rigid Seat Belt Extension

  2. 2. Dennis Hogan [ September 20, 2012 @ 02:55PM ]

    Steve, thanks for the feedback. I do not think we would have had any success without including both front line officers and command staff. We have actually established this final product as our standard, and allow not individual officers to make any changes without the approval of the team, and in this case the Chief. I have a seat and belt configuration coming from Prisoner Transport that incorporates a seat belt swap so the buckle end is at the door versus the center of the seat. We are using a seat belt extension on the front seat as we found our officers could not easily connect and disconnect the buckle with all of their gear on. Thanks for the feedback it has been too long since we had a chance to sit and chat. Email me sometime.


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