The top 10 police news stories and articles on  Government Fleet  reveal there is interest in transitioning and adapting patrol fleets to EVs, with a broader theme of modernizing police fleet technology.  -  Photo: Canva/Government Fleet

The top 10 police news stories and articles on Government Fleet reveal there is interest in transitioning and adapting patrol fleets to EVs, with a broader theme of modernizing police fleet technology.

Photo: Canva/Government Fleet

As 2023 comes to a close, we're looking back on news stories and articles we've covered here at Government Fleet. From new vehicle news, to vehicle redesigns, to transitioning patrol vehicles to electric vehicles - GF covered all sides of the police fleet industry. 

Here's a look at the top 10 news stories and articles on police fleets (as of Dec. 25, 2023).

1. How Kansas Highway Patrol Justifies 50,000-Mile Vehicle Lifecycles

In a day and age where fleet vehicle lifecycles are often strained by both budgetary cuts and supply chain issues, the Kansas Highway Patrol has been able to maintain its long-standing 50,000 mile vehicle lifecycle.

Read how the fleet's replacement cycle has paid off over the years.

2. Michigan State Police Updates Iconic Beacon Lighting

The bright red bubble light is an iconic symbol for Michigan State Police. In 2023, the light got a makeover.

Read why the change was made, and how it will benefit officers on patrol.

3. NYPD Unveils Redesigned Patrol Vehicles

Police cars in New York City are some of the most recognizable ones in the nation. In early 2023, the agency announced a complete redesign of its iconic vehicle. 

Read why the agency is changing things up, plus take a stroll down memory lane to see NYPD vehicles over the years.

4. Pursuit-Rated Vehicles: More than just Police Chases

Over the last several years, many law enforcement agencies have done away with pursuits. So why buy a pursuit-rated vehicle?

Read why one industry expert says these vehicles are invaluable for your agency.

5. NYPD’s Finest: Lessons Learned Managing the Nation’s Largest Police Fleet

Robert Martinez retired in late 2022 after decades working with the New York City Police Department. Over the years, he overcame challenges, was responsible for introducing new technology to the vehicles, and stepped up when help was needed.

Read about Martinez's career with the NYPD.

6. Six Things to Consider When Buying New Police Vehicle Models

Looking to change your current patrol vehicle make and model? There are some things you should consider.

Read advice from an industry expert on choosing your agency's next police vehicle.

7. Donated Ford F-150 Lightning Pro SSV One of the First on the Road

As OEMs have rolled out electrified police vehicles over the last few years, they've created a lot of buzz. In July, a donated Ford F-150 Lighting Pro SSV became one of the first put into service.

Read why the vehicle donation was personal for its donor.

8. EV Patrol Vehicle Transition: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We won't sugarcoat it: electrifying a patrol fleet is not easy. One early adopter shared the challenges his agency has run into in its electrification journey, and how to overcome those challenges.

Read electrification advice from a retired law enforcement fleet manager.

9. The Value in Updating Police Vehicle Designs

Redesigning your police vehicles doesn't only help modernize them; it can also lead to a myriad of other benefits.

Read why some agencies have recently updated their vehicle designs, and why it's worth the investment.

10. A Peek at the New Chevy Blazer EV Police Pursuit Package

As the nation's first pursuit-rated EV, a lot of people are curious to see how the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV PPV will perform, and what it has to offer.

Read about the features of the new vehicle, and why it's built for the rigors of police work.

What stories stuck out to you this year? Is there anything GF missed that you'd like to see covered in the world of police fleets? Keep the conversation going! Comment below and let us know.

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Christy Grimes

Christy Grimes

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Christy Grimes is a Senior Editor at Bobit, working on Automotive Fleet Government Fleet publications.

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