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NCJ Number: NCJ 197299     Find in a Library
Title: Michigan State Police Tests 2003 Patrol Vehicles
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 12/2002
Page Count: 8
  Annotation: This report presents the objectives, methodologies, and results of the testing of four police-package vehicles and five police special-service vehicles by the Michigan State Police.
Abstract: The police-package vehicles tested were the AM General Hummer HMCS, the Chevrolet Impala, The DaimlerChrysler Dodge Intrepid, and the Ford Police Interceptor. The special-service vehicles were the Chevrolet Tahoe (2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive), the Ford Expedition (2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive), and the Ford Explorer (2-wheel drive). After a summary description of the specifications for each vehicle, the various test objectives and methodologies are described, followed by a summary of test results. Vehicle dynamics testing was conducted to determine high-speed pursuit handling characteristics; acceleration and top-speed testing was performed to determine the time required for each test vehicle to accelerate from a standing start to 60 mph, 80 mph, and 100 mph. Brake testing was conducted to determine the deceleration rate attained by each test vehicle on 12, 60-to-0 mph impending skid (threshold) stops, with ABS in operation if the vehicle was so equipped. Testing for ergonomics and communications rated the vehicles' ability to provide a suitable environment for patrol officers to perform their job, to accommodate the required communications and emergency warning equipment, and to assess the relative difficulty of installing the equipment. Testing for fuel economy was done to determine fuel economy potential for comparison purposes. 8 exhibits
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Patrol ; Vehicles ; Police special purpose vehicles ; Michigan
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 96-MU-MU-K011
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Type: Test/Measurement
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center Bulletin, December 2002
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