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44th Annual Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Evaluation and Product Expo Day


44th Annual Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Evaluation and Product Expo Day

In case you missed it, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Communications and Fleet Management Bureau personnel hosted its 44th Annual Law Enforcement Emergency Vehicle Evaluation and Product Expo Day on October 25, 2018, at the Auto Club Speedway.

This year’s event included vehicles from Fiat, Chrysler, General Motors, and Ford Motor Company. There was also an interactive Ride & Drive event hosted by top vehicle manufacturers, a product demonstration expo, high speed 32 lap course, and vehicle highlight seminars.

The Sheriff’s Department first implemented its police vehicle testing program in 1974. Since then, the Department has become nationally recognized as a major source of information for police vehicles and their use. The Sheriff's Department is only one of two law enforcement agencies in the entire United States, which tests vehicles to provide input for auto manufacturers and police departments.

The testing process is designed to address the law enforcement officer’s operational requirements in terms of vehicle performance, vehicle safety, and comfort. Each test is designed and executed to simulate actual field conditions as closely as possible. The vehicles being tested are driven on city streets and interstates, as well as the performance track by law enforcement personnel.

The maneuvers duplicated during the electronic test procedures are those encountered in actual patrol and emergency operations which the law enforcement officer may encounter in the field. Interpretation of test results is the responsibility of each agency. The importance with which each individual phase is weighted is a subjective decision which should be made by each agency based upon that agency’s needs.

When asked what he was looking for in a quality law enforcement vehicle, Deputy Ramiro Juarez, LASD driving instructor and vehicle tester said, “So what we are looking for is a vehicle that will sustain the rigors of patrol and of law enforcement. It’s not always high speed, sometimes is idling in 100 plus degree weather and or other parts of the country which are cold that we don’t know about, the demands of code 3, a pursuit and during aggressive driving. The car has to be consistent and can’t be surprising to an officer or to a deputy driving. The car needs to be behind the scenes and be a work horse so the deputy can concentrate on his job.”

After testing, the evaluation information is compiled into a book and provided to law enforcement agencies. The booklet is not intended as a recommendation for any specific vehicle contained within. The Sheriff’s Department conducts the vehicle testing program in order to accomplish two primary goals:
To provide law enforcement agencies with the data necessary to assist those in the vehicle selection process. 
To provide the various vehicle manufacturers with the input necessary to better meet the needs of law enforcement.

We recognize the fact that individual agency needs can be influenced by cost, operational considerations and other factors.