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The purchase of patrol vehicles is one of the largest expenditures a law enforcement agency faces. For many years, police fleet administrators have had numerous choices to make when choosing a vehicle, including overall vehicle size, engine and transmission combinations, and other performance-enhancing options, all of which can affect the overall capabilities of the vehicle. To further complicate the selection process, the environment (e.g., urban, suburban, rural) in which the agency operates can also play a significant role.
Every year since 1981, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), through the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC), has partnered with the Michigan State Police (MSP) to conduct an annual evaluation.
In the mid-1970s, MSP, as part of its annual vehicle procurement process, developed an evaluation program for police patrol vehicles. Under the program, manufacturers wishing to be considered for selection submit their vehicles, equipped to MSP performance specifications, for testing. MSP evaluates factors such as acceleration, top speed, braking and handling under simulated pursuit conditions. MSP also evaluates and rates the vehicles for factors such as ergonomics and ease of equipment installation.
Older model year police vehicle evaluation reports:
Alex Sundstrom, Testing Coordinator
Phone: (800) 248-2742 or (301) 240-6749
Last updated: Jan. 13, 2015