DETROIT – General Motors reported that its fleet sales to state and local police agencies drove a 115% increase in sales to government entities. Examples of agencies that have purchased the Chevrolet Caprice PPV patrol car include the Kentucky State Police and the Washington State Patrol.

Overall, GM reported that its July sales to commercial fleets were up 41% over the same period last year, but that sales to rental fleets across the U.S. fell 41% for the month.

The automaker added that that sales to rental customers would be down in July because planned deliveries to those companies occurred earlier in the year when compared with 2011. In terms of retail sales, GM said total U.S. sales were down 6% when compared with a year ago, and sales to retail customers were down 3%.