The report was prepared to assist those responsible for the purchase of police vehicles in the selection of vehicles which will meet the particular needs of the user. Rather than focusing on a single vehicle, it concentrates on several selected elements that make up the vehicle. Its primary purpose is to make the reader more aware of current technology, of what other cities are doing, and what research the government is conducting. In a review of the state-of-the-art, the work of a Law Enforcement Standards Laboratory is described in which evaluation and testing of police equipment has resulted in several documents. Subjects of the documents include terms and definitions of patrol cars, economic efficiency, sirens and other warning devices, light systems, radial tires, and life cycling costs. Detailed discussion of police vehicle components comprise the greater part of the report. These include the engine, brakes, suspension, tires, the interior, and warning system. Compact versus full-size police vehicles are compared. The report provides information for obtaining police vehicle studies and includes a list of criteria which should be addressed when writing specifications for an ideal vehicle.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Denver Research Inst., CO., and Martin Marietta Corp., Denver, CO. Denver Div.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Denver Urban Observatory

    935 Colorado Boulevard
    Denver, CO  United States  80206

    Martin Marietta Corporation

    Denver Division, P.O. Box 179
    Denver, CO  United States  80201

    National Science Foundation

    Applied Science and Research Applications, 1800 G Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20550
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: 30 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00198665
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NSF/RA-780610 Tech Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-ISR75-22829
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1980 12:00AM