Police Fleet Expo Booth

4 Reasons to Stop by Our Booth at the Police Fleet Expo!

This year the Police Fleet Expo will be in St. Louis in Missouri and will be held at the America’s Center from August 20th to the 23rd. This will be the 15th annual PFE, and once again it’s set to be the biggest expo for the law enforcement fleet industry in North America. OPS Public Safety will be exhibiting again this year!

If you plan on attending, here are 4 reasons why you should stop by our booth #688:   

View our NEVER-BEEN-SEEN before MAXX Slide Series

Want to see something completely new? This year we will be showcasing our new MAXX Slide Series. What is the MAXX Slide Series?! OPS Public Safety has added a 100% extension truck drawer slide to our product line. See it first with our SWAT drawer storage solution at booth #688.

Try out our Budget-Friendly Pursuit Series – with NEW ELEVATED BRACKETS

Designed for the Chevy Tahoe, Ford Interceptor and Expedition, our Pursuit Series is built with the same quality and craftsmanship as all our products — but they’re more affordable. At PFE, you will get the opportunity to try out our Pursuit Series single drawer, featuring our 12” elevated brackets that ensure spare tire access, while providing more space for storage under the unit.

Learn about our Radio Drawer Series

Designed with perforations on the front, back and bottom, the vented drawer prevents your equipment from overheating or this drawer can also be used to store damp equipment, so it can dry faster. At our booth, see how actual radio equipment is stored in this drawer.

Try out our Whiteboard Drawer Accessory

Whether you want to doodle for fun or create a mock rescue plan, stop by our booth to see our flip up whiteboard drawer accessory. It’ll be featured on our SWAT truck drawer unit installed in a Dodge Ram. Our whiteboard is now available with a selection of our drawer units.

 

Need more reasons to visit us? How about plenty of giveaways, the opportunity to meet the team and a chance to win a Beats by Dr. Dre wireless speaker?

We will be located at booth #688, right beside the Federal Mogul Motorparts booth. Click here to view floor plan. 

If you are coming, let us know so that we don’t miss you! Email us to book a personal tour of our demo units at the tradeshow. 

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Need a few more buying tips? Give us a call at 630-994-3300. 

About OPS Public Safety

  • Founded in 2006, OPS Public Safety manufactures weapon and gear storage systems for law enforcement and public safety vehicles.
  • Its durable and lightweight aluminum products ensure that equipment is secure and easy to get to, and that fuel costs are lowered.
  • All products are made in North America.
  • Customers include law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as fire departments, EMS authorities and military personnel.
Custom SUV Unit with Whiteboard

A Custom Solution for Hamden Fire

Oftentimes first responders are required to carry out command operations and must maintain the ability to transport and store their special equipment. Hamden Fire Department in Connecticut was one of many departments looking for a solution to accommodate all their tactical equipment and ensure it was secure and accessible in the field.

The Situation     

Hamden Fire reached out to OPS Public Safety about designing a unique cabinet for their Ford Expedition that was lightweight, durable and diverse to secure all their command equipment.  Due to weight and longevity concerns they wanted a solution manufactured out of aluminum. Hamden Fire knew that with everything they wanted, this unit was not going to be an out of the box solution. This unit needed to incorporate a whiteboard drawer, shelf space for tactical equipment and the ability to store a Mobile Incident Command System.

The Solution   

OPS Public Safety’s Manager of Business Development, Shane Lawrenson, went to the drawing board with the sales engineers to create a solution that conforms to their requirements. After a couple of revisions, a configurable solution was designed to fit the department’s specific needs and was installed by MHQ in Connecticut. The front of fire unit included a whiteboard drawer for planning out command tasks on-scene, a small drawer for filing papers, a storage compartment for SCBA and air packs, and a passenger side storage space with checker style rubber matting to secure a Mobile Incident Command System. Another unique feature of this unit is that it included a rear shelf unit for tactical bags behind the second-row seat of the driver’s side. Lastly, the top of this unit was lined with an anti-skid layer with cargo rails around the sides and back to provide additional storage space.

The Result        

OPS Public Safety was able to create a custom solution that addressed this department’s distinct requirements. With drawer slides rated at 200lb. total capacity this unit will be able to hold Hamden Fire’s various tactical equipment without a doubt. With the EZ single-handed latch system, responders can access their equipment and carry-out tasks efficiently. This unit is also manufactured out of our durable, lightweight aluminum, so it is built to last – an average of 12 years. This allows for Hamden Fire to transfer this unit into another vehicle in the future.

                                                                                                                                                                                    

“It was exciting for me to work on this project as I usually spend a majority of my time with Law Enforcement clients. I do not have as much experience in the fire market, but we were able to develop a solution for this customer and they are very happy with the result.” – Shane Lawrenson, Manager of Business Development

View this custom drawing by clicking the concept below:

Call our Customer Care team today at 630-994-3300 to learn more about how we can help your department find the perfect solution like we did for Hamden Fire!

Thank you to MHQ CT for another quality installation.

Photos of the OPS Public Safety Custom Fire Solution                                                                                      

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Command Vehicle Interior

Tips When Planning Your Command Vehicle Interior Upfit

Designing and planning for a command vehicle interior upfit is not a simple process. There are many factors that need to be considered to ensure that your vehicle is response ready, whether it is an SUV, van, or trailer. OPS Public Safety has identified four important factors to consider when planning your next mobile command center upfit.

Interior Capacity

Understanding your interior capacity and constraints is the first thing to consider when determining your desired layout for your command interior. First, you should consider how many people will be in at a time? How many workstations and seating should you allocate? What are the weather considerations – if it’s hot and humid you will need HVAC to keep working conditions comfortable for your staff. How much isle space do you need, what equipment will be stored and how accessible can you get it? What type of security for your equipment do you need, radio/electrical storage space, accessories, shore power/generators, and what is the maximum payload capacity of the vehicle? To ensure you capture all interior specs, discuss with your end-users, their feedback is crucial as they will be using the vehicle daily. 

Timeline

It is important to establish a realistic timeline for your command project. Depending on the complexity of the command upfit, a typical upfit it could range from two to six months to complete. Ensure you give yourself enough time to plan and spec if the vehicle has to be in service by a specific date.

Vehicle’s Purpose

Determine what exactly this vehicle will be used for. This may take some time. Really think about what this vehicle’s primary purpose will be. What are the day-to-day operations of this command center? What will need to be stored in this vehicle? Will this vehicle require seating or a work bench? If you have an upfit that needs to be done, write down a list of the equipment that you typically use on a given day, this will help give you a better idea of what types of storage and accessories will need to be installed to help you on the job.

Power and Lighting

Depending on the specific needs for your mobile command vehicle, you may need to factor in what power sources that should be accessible to your team as they can be at a location for an extended period of time. Does your vehicle require specific lighting, air conditioning, heating? What are the typical weather conditions? With one-on-one consultations with our experts, we can help you determine which on-scene power sources you should consider.

There are many elements that need to be considered when designing and building your command vehicle. With so many choices and options when planning your command vehicle upfit, it makes sense to have someone guide you through the process. Let OPS Public Safety be your guide for your next turnkey command interior solution. Call us today to book a one-on-one consultation.

Learn more about our command interiors.

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Need a few more buying tips? Give us a call at 630-994-3300. 

About OPS Public Safety

  • Founded in 2006, OPS Public Safety manufactures weapon and gear storage systems for law enforcement and public safety vehicles.
  • Its durable and lightweight aluminum products ensure that equipment is secure and easy to get to, and that fuel costs are lowered.
  • All products are made in North America.
  • Customers include law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as fire departments, EMS authorities and military personnel.
Maximize Single Drawer for Pickup Trucks

Maximize Your Truck Bed Storage

There has been a growing trend of law enforcement agencies purchasing pickup trucks over sedans and SUVs over the last few years. Reason being? Pickups are more tough and durable, trucks have a greater haul capacity, more cargo room and storage, pursuit performance, as well as interior comfort.  With all the accessories options available aftermarket, law enforcement agencies are often in search for a customizable solution to help organize their equipment and weapons in the truck bed, with the peace of mind of it being safe and secure. That’s when OPS Public Safety steps in.  

The Situation

In the field, officer’s need to be able to access their equipment and weapons quickly and easily, without jeopardizing security. Often equipment is stored in the back seats or the cargo bed. One – with this approach, the equipment and weapons aren’t safely secured and protected. Two – when driving or in a pursuit chase, the equipment will move around, which can cause damage. Every police department carries different equipment, so a standard storage solution is not always the answer.                              

The Solution

OPS Public Safety has designed and engineered a series of configurable pickup drawers to help each department organize and protect their equipment and weapons, making it easily accessible yet secure when not in use.  For example, the Maximizer Single Drawer is an all-American, lightweight aluminum heavy-duty construction drawer with 500lb drawer slides, built to store a lot of equipment. Some of the benefits of the Maximizer single drawer is the anti-skid top surface with tie-down points to accommodate larger items, an easy one-handed latching system to ensure quick access, and rubber matting to prevent movement and noise while driving. To top it off, OPS Public Safety stands by their products and workmanship by offering a lifetime warranty.                            

The Result 

OPS Public Safety designed a truck drawer unit that maximizes truck bed space, while ensuring that equipment and weapons remain safe, secure and easy to access. See OPS Public Safety’s full line of configurable pickup truck storage solutions here: http://opspublicsafety.com/pickup-truck-systems/ 

                                                                                                                                                                                    

“We really enjoyed working on this project,” said Joe Lawrenson, Manager of Business Development. “We find many departments looking for secure storage solutions that allow greater convenience and flexibility. Currently there are options that require users to extend their reach or climb into a pickup bed to retrieve their gear. The OPS solution allows vehicle operators to securely store and access their kit and weapons with ease!”.

Check out our Dual Drawer Truck Bed Video

Photos of the OPS Public Safety Truck Storage Solutions                                                                                        

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For more information on the OPS Public Safety CVE Scale Unit, please call Joe Lawrenson at 630.994.3300 x206.

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Budget-Friendly Pursuit Series SUV Drawer

What You Don’t Know About Our Pursuit Series

One of the biggest responsibilities of a law enforcement agency is implementing safe weapon and equipment storage within their vehicles. Unfortunately, this always comes with a price. Luckily, OPS Public Safety has come out with a budget-friendly product line for the Ford Interceptor and Chevy Tahoe SUVs – THE PURSUIT SERIES.

There are 4 reasons why you should choose our Pursuit Series and being budget-friendly is only one of them:

4 Reasons to Choose our Pursuit Series Drawer Solutions

Decrease Fuel Costs with a Lighter Unit

Did you know that our Pursuit Series Drawer Solutions weigh on average 60% lighter than our premium product line? This will help to reduce fuel costs! The Pursuit Series was designed without comprising the quality and durability, so you can store up to 150lb of equipment and weapons in each drawer.

The Extras are Included

We understand the shiny aluminum is not the first choice of color. The Pursuit Series drawer solutions come with a black matte powder coating finish to help conceal your storage from the public eye. In addition, each drawer comes with stainless key locks for added security and rubber matting in each drawer to prevent your gear from sliding – which ensures a quiet ride!

Spare Tire Access

All of our models have easy access to your spare tire. The Pursuit Series was designed with 6” elevated mounting brackets to not only provide access to your spare tire but also for additional storage underneath and in front of the unit.

Magnify Your Budget

Each Pursuit Series unit provides significant cost savings over our premium line. This will allow law enforcement agencies that ability to stretch their budgets while still getting the high-quality, user-friendly storage solutions.

 

It is important to store, transport and display firearms and equipment safely to prevent accidents, loss or theft. OPS Public Safety has created a vehicle storage to ensure that your equipment and weapons can remain safe without breaking the bank.

Want to see this unit? We will be showcasing our Pursuit Series, along with our Perforated Radio Drawer Series at NAFA 2018 in Anaheim, California at our booth #730.

Call our Jessie, our Customer Service Representative today to request your quote: 630-994-3300 ext. 1 or fill out the form below and we will send you a quote shortly!

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About OPS Public Safety

  • Founded in 2006, OPS Public Safety manufactures weapon and gear storage systems for law enforcement and public safety vehicles.
  • Its durable and lightweight aluminum products ensure that equipment is secure and easy to get to, and that fuel costs are lowered.
  • All products are made in North America.
  • Customers include law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as fire departments, EMS authorities and military personnel.

Pursuit Series

Unique Storage Solution for HAENNI Scales

According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), approximately 4 million commercial vehicle inspections are completed annually throughout North America. Specially trained inspectors are required to conduct various inspections to ensure that large trucks and buses are operating safely with weight requirements and are complaint with regulations.*

In 2017, a large police department in Connecticut, was in search for a storage solution to help organize their equipment and safely secure 4 portable Haenni scales used for inspections.

The Problem

With a large variety of equipment – scales, rifles, gear and electronics – and required spare-tire access, this department found it challenging to find a solution to meet its unique needs and correspond with a strict timeline. In addition, the unit must have a masked appearance to avoid being recognized by anyone who is looking into the vehicle.                                  

The Solution

After one-on-one consultations, the OPS Public Safety team developed a CVE unit which included a gun box to store two rifles, a single drawer for miscellaneous gear and equipment, and 4 compartments to secure 4 HAENNI scales with a modified top to allow for an equipment tray to be mounted. To ensure access to the spare tire, OPS Public Safety’s engineers created a design that included a removable front section to easily access the spare tire when need.  And lastly, to guarantee that this unit was indistinguishable, a black top-coat was applied.                                    

The Result 

The department was more than pleased with the final product and the OPS Public Safety staff’s commitment to finding a storage solution to meet their storage requirements, while being receptive to a strict timeline.                                                                                                                                                                                       

“This was a great project for our team to work on,” said Joe Lawrenson, Manager of Business Development. “We find more departments are looking for a secure storage solution specifically for Haenni scales. Currently these scales are placed in the back of an SUV or pickup, which slide around when driving.  With our CVE scale solution, this allows our customers to safely store the scales units, equipment, and rifles securely within their vehicle”.

Photos of the OPS Public Safety CVE SCALE UNIT                                                                                               

 

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For more information on the OPS Public Safety CVE Scale Unit, please call Joe Lawrenson at 630.994.3300 x206.

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*Source: Leandro, Nicole. “Inspections.” CVSA – Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, 2018, retrieved from cvsa.org/inspections/inspections/.

Keep Your Radio Equipment from Overheating

Two-way radios have been fundamental in the public safety industry. It allows for officers to receive immediate information and ultimately saves lives. But what happens when the radio equipment are not protected and stored properly? There is a good chance the radio equipment will overheat. A previous solution to prevent overheating was adding fans to every radio storage cabinet, however, OPS Public Safety designed and manufactured a better solution to keep radio equipment safe and secure while on the job.

OPS Public Safety have manufactured a Radio Drawer Series,which is a combination of the single secure storage drawer with a vented drawer on the bottom. The vented drawer is designed with perforations on the front, back and bottom to circulate air to keep any communications equipment cool and ensures that damp equipment can be stored safely. Here are four reasons why you should consider OPS Public Safety’s Radio Drawer for your next Ford or Chevy upfit:

4 Reasons Why You Should Consider OPS Public Safety’s Radio Drawer Series 

1. Lightweight Aluminum

OPS Public Safety uses high-grade, lightweight all-aluminum that guarantees a quieter ride, lower fuel costs and higher payload capacity. Aluminum is light (yet strong), anti-corrosive, water resistant and requires little maintenance. Therefore all products are built to last – an average of 12 years.

2. Single Handed Access & Slam Shut

We understand that multitasking is a part of your day-to-day jobs, which is why the radio drawers feature an EZ latch, that requires only one hand to open and close, making it possible to easily get to your gear fast. The EZ latch also secures the drawer from opening when driving, so your equipment and gear is secure no matter what speed.

3. Safe and Secure

We understand that the safety and security of your equipment is critical when selecting a drawer system. All OPS drawers are equipped with dual latches to prevent equipment from being stolen. For added security, all our drawers come with a key cylinder lock to ensure that your equipment is protected. If you are looking for further security, we offer various lock options including the Simplex 9100 Series push button, a high security deadbolt with key override or our trigger latch.

4. Equipment Stays Cool & Dry

Worry no more. The radio drawer unit is designed with perforations on the front, back and bottom ensuring to prevent your radio equipment from overheating. In addition, the vented drawer can be used to store officers’ damp clothing so it can dry quicker.

The radio drawer solutions fit most SUVs and Pickups, but we do offer custom solutions. We will work one-on-one with you to design a system that supports your vehicle specs. Call us today at 630-994-3300 to learn more about our perforated drawer solutions.

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Need a few more buying tips? Give us a call or send an email.

About OPS Public Safety

  • Founded in 2006, OPS Public Safety manufactures weapon and gear storage systems for law enforcement and public safety vehicles.
  • Its durable and lightweight aluminum products ensure that equipment is secure and easy to get to, and that fuel costs are lowered.
  • All products are made in North America.
  • Customers include law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as fire departments, EMS authorities and military personnel.

4 Ways to Stretch Your Fleet’s Upfit Budget

With more law enforcement and public safety agencies switching from sedans to expensive SUVs in recent years, fewer budget dollars are available for interior storage systems. Still, fleet managers need to make sure their teams’ weapons and gear are secure and easy to get to.

So what do you do to make those budgets stretch while ensuring you get quality upfits? Read on.    

1. Choose Aluminum

There are cheaper storage products out there than ones made with aluminum, but they won’t last. You’ll end up replacing them after a few years and making those short-term budget gains moot.

By going with high-grade aluminum, though, you should expect at least 12 years of life out of your storage units. “Two big reasons why, are that aluminum doesn’t corrode and it’s more durable than any other material being used out there,” says Shane Lawrenson, OPS Public Safety’s Manager of Business Development.

Plus, because aluminum is lightweight (up to 40 per cent lighter than steel, for example), storage products made with it versus heavier ones will make your payload lighter and your fuel costs lower. Thus, more budget dollars saved.   

2. Buy Transferable Units 

Some companies manufacture storage systems built for a particular make or model of vehicle. But what if your agency decides to buy different makes and models? Well, it means more money for more storage systems, of course.    

Instead, invest in units that you can transfer to multiple vehicles. “Especially ones that make it easy to do so,” says Lawrenson. “With ours, for instance, you just replace a simple set of brackets and exchange the box from vehicle to vehicle.”

If you do take this advice, go with transferable units made with aluminum. Because aluminum is so durable, it can easily take the bumps and bashes that do happen during exchanges. 

3. Avoid Complex Locks

You can’t overrate the need to keep equipment secure. Weapons are stolen from police vehicles every day. But that doesn’t mean you need the latest push-button lock mechanism or keypads on your storage units. There’s a reason locks with keys have lasted so long.     

“A lot of companies out there have fandangle locks, but they can cost a fortune,” says Lawrenson. “The good old lock and key is still usable and inexpensive, but it’s secure.”

Just make sure you get industrial key locks on your storage products. Some units out there have lightweight locks and flimsy keys, making it more likely they’ll both crack and break. 

4. Added Expense of Powder Coating

Powder coating is a dry finishing process that dulls the shine of metallic surfaces. It has become extremely popular since it was introduced in the 1960s. But you don’t need it.

“Law enforcement and public safety agencies often have their storage units powder coated to reduce glare and keep them more incognito than shiny aluminum,” says Lawrenson. “But it can be expensive, and you don’t have to have it.”

True, powder coating can reduce the risk of abrasions and corrosion, but remember that if you choose aluminum storage products anyway, they’re durable on their own.

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Need a few more buying tips? Give us a call or send an email. In the meantime, check out our new Pursuit Series, a budget-friendly line of interior storage systems for Chevy Tahoe and Ford Police Interceptor Units.

About OPS Public Safety

  • Founded in 2006, OPS Public Safety manufactures weapon and gear storage systems for law enforcement and public safety vehicles.
  • Its durable and lightweight aluminum products ensure that equipment is secure and easy to get to, and that fuel costs are lowered.
  • All products are made in North America.
  • Customers include law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as fire departments, EMS authorities and military personnel.

4 Reasons to Visit Us at IACP, October 21 – 24

Over 14,000 people are expected at the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s annual tradeshow in Philadelphia this October. If you’ll be one of them, here are four great reasons to stop by our booth #4159 at IACP 2017.
1. Try out the new Pursuit Series

2. Punch an electronic keypad

3. See how a dual drawer stacks up

4. Call in a radio drawer

We launched our budget-friendly Pursuit Series line at NAFA in April, and already these modular units are flying out of our warehouses. Designed for the Chevy Tahoe and Ford PIU, they’re built with the same quality and craftsmanship as all our products — but they’re more affordable. In Philly, you’ll get to try out the Pursuit Series cargo drawer with weapon and radio drawer options.
Watch more about the Pursuit Series.

Our new electronic keypad locks also debuted this year, and they’re now available on a selection of our drawer units. We’ll have one installed on a special custom drawer at the tradeshow so that you can see just how much more secure it can keep your gear than a standard key lock.

It’s tough to visualize how an uninstalled drawer fits inside a vehicle, so we’ll have an SUV at the show with a dual stacked drawer unit already in it. These stacked aluminum drawers are as wide as the cargo space in a Chevy Tahoe or Ford PIU, and they come with our popular one-handed latches. Custom three-stacked drawer units are also available.

Last, but not least, we’ll have a radio drawer unit onsite for you to try. Learn how it can keep your electronics cool and reliably functional no matter the conditions. This stacked system comes with one regular drawer and one with perforations on the front, back and bottom to maximize ventilation. You can also use the ventilated drawer for damp gear.

What is IACP 2017?

The International Association of Chiefs of Police’s annual conference and expo is the largest tradeshow for public safety leaders in the world. With over 600 exhibitors, it features educational programming, keynote speakers, community-building specialists and collections of tactical equipment and technology solutions. This year, IACP is at the Philadelphia Convention Center from October 21 – 24.

Book your personal demo with Shane or Joe

If you’re coming to the show, why not book a one-on-one demonstration of the Pursuit Series cargo drawer, electronic keypad lock, stacked drawer or radio drawer? We don’t want to miss you!

shane@opspublicsafety.com
joe@opspublicsafety.com

 

United for Houston

Let’s join together to help those who need us most.

The unprecedented damage caused by Hurricane Harvey has left tens of thousands of Houstonians in need of our help. That includes over 300 officers from the Houston Police Department who have lost homes and vehicles. To help keep those officers focussed on getting Houston back on its feet, we’re giving $12 of every unit we sell this September and October to Assist the Officer.

This Houston non-profit typically provides immediate financial assistance to officers injured in the line of duty, but recently it set up a special Harvey Relief Fund. All monies raised will go directly to police personnel who have experienced personal losses.

If you’d like to donate to the Harvey Relief Fund directly, visit assisttheofficer.com/support.

More ways to give:

  1. Contribute to the Houston Police Foundation and help replace policing equipment lost in flooding.
  2. Donate to the United Way of Greater Houston’s Relief Fund online or text UWFLOOD to 41444.
  3. Give to the Houston Food Bank, where every $1 provides 3 meals.
  4. Support the American Red Cross so that it can continue working day and night for those most in need.

OPS Public Safety thanks you for doing what you can to help.

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