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Special Report 2019

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able to provide aer-upfit support? If we have a programming issue in the lightbar that's acting up, can they come and fix it quickly and efficiently or is it something that you have to tackle yourself? e support element is the most important key for us," says Williams. e vendor can upfit up to five cars a week for the Sheriff's Office, or two weeks from start to fin- ish. To expedite the procurement progress, Marian at the City of Orange uses cooperative contracts for services including upfit- ting. His current upfit contract for patrol vehicles comes from a neighboring agency. He gets police vehicle deliveries all at the same time, and a vendor can usually complete two vehicles per week. He com- municates with the vendor so its staff can order parts ahead of time to start builds right away. "If we had to do it in-house, it'd probably be hard for us to get one [complete] a week based on other priorities," Marian says. To ensure vehicles are being upfitted correctly, fleet and po- lice staff members sometimes make visits to the vendor location. ey also have multiple meetings with the upfitter once the pur- chase order has been issued, Marian says. is is to ensure the technical aspects and quality requirements are being met. STREAMLINING THE UPFITTING PROCESS FHP orders vehicles in three waves, and it takes six to eight weeks aer delivery for vehicles to arrive, plus an additional two weeks for painting. e dealer agrees to deliver a set num- ber of vehicles to the central installation facility per week, de- pending on the facility's production goals, Kreiensieck says. With three teams—one prepping and two installing—staff can finish about 12 units per week. e build season takes any- where from seven to 10 months, and the rest of the time is spent prepping for the next year's deliveries and performing repairs on lights and equipment. "We preassemble everything we can, so when the cars do POLICE SOLUTIONS WWW.CODE3ESG.COM Our solutions – lighting, sirens, speakers, and more – ensure your officers can respond quickly and work effectively, and protect those they're sworn to serve. Collier County (FL) Sheriff's Office purchases about 100 new police cars each year, all of which are upfitted by an outside vendor. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE UPFITTING: In-House or Outsource?

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