4 Benefits of a Well-organized Patrol Vehicle

Whether you work in an office, in a mobile command center or even in your patrol SUV, there are numerous benefits to having a well-organized workspace. For public safety professionals, your workspace is more than often in your vehicle and depending on your department’s function, you and your team may be required to carry more equipment than some.

Do you just throw your equipment in the rear cargo area and are done with it? Do you store it in a duffle bag and zip it closed so you can’t see the disarray inside? Do you separate and organize your equipment and weapons in a secure rear storage drawer solution? When your workspace becomes cluttered and disorderly, this can negatively impact how you perform your day-to-day job and having a clean and organized patrol vehicle brings these advantages:

  • Improves Work Efficiency

As a public safety professional, time is often of the essence. When seconds count, you don’t want to lose time searching through your vehicle to locate the appropriate equipment to complete the job. If you have an organized mobile workspace, you will know exactly where each equipment is stored, making it easier to act quick. Implementing the 5S method (sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain) can help reduce waste, improve safety, and improve workplace productivity because you will no longer lose time searching for lost and/or misplaced equipment and will have more time to do your principal job efficiently.

  • Keeps your Valuables Safe, Secure & Serviceable

When you separate your weapons and valuables from your additional gear and equipment it ensures that they remain safe, secure and in serviceable condition. When choosing how to organize your patrol vehicle consider your equipment and what needs to be ready for use. Storage drawers are designed with configurable options to keep your specific equipment organized. Whether you want to separate your weapons in a side gun compartment, tactical equipment in a top drawer, and any electronics in a bottom drawer, there are solutions predesigned to ensure quick access.

  • Avoid Critical Mistakes

A well-coordinated patrol car can help to prevent major mistakes and allow for officers to be more observant while on the road and when completing service calls. For example, when your equipment is disorderly you could spend more time searching for your essentials, forget important gear or even grab the wrong equipment to complete the task at hand. Having an organized vehicle permits easy access to your firearms and gear in the event it is needed and will prevent these errors and distractions from occurring in the first place.

  • Improves Driver Confidence

Think about the feeling you have when you invite people into your newly renovated, organized living space. A similar feeling occurs when you have an organized workspace to show your co-workers and superiors. An organized patrol vehicle brings pride and confidence to those operating it and happy officers are more productive than unhappy officers.

Organizing your patrol vehicle can make your job less difficult. It can keep your equipment and valuables safe and avert damage, prevent mistakes and distractions from occurring and heighten your officers’ confidence and work productivity.

For more information on how you can achieve an organized patrol vehicle, give us a call today: 630.994.3300. We have been a trusted provider of safe and secure weapons and equipment drawer solutions for public safety SUVs, pickups and command vehicles.


About OPS Public Safety

OPS Public Safety is an industry-leading manufacturer of storage drawers for law enforcement and public safety vehicles. Founded in 2006, it now has locations in Watertown, New York, and Kingston, Ontario. Since day one, the family business has prided itself on building durable and lightweight aluminum products that ensure equipment is safe, secure, and easy to get to. OPS Public Safety offers storage solutions for SUV, pickups, vans, and command trailers. No matter the need, OPS Public Safety can design and manufacture a storage solution to your agency requirements.  

The IACP Conference – Here Is What to Expect from the OPS Public Safety Team

The International Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference is just around the corner and OPS Public Safety is exhibiting again this year. Held in Chicago, Illinois this show is one of the largest expos in North America for public safety professionals. This is your chance to attend educational programs, learn from law enforcement leaders, network with other public safety officers and gain product information out on the expo floor. Click here to view floor plan.

We are excited to exhibit again this year! Here is what to expect at booth #2826 from the OPS Public Safety team:

  • Learn more about our Ford Interceptor storage solutions

In case you missed it at the Police Fleet Expo, we will be showcasing our Combo Radio Drawer Series at the IACP this year. This solution is designed to safely separate your weapons from your equipment by providing a long storage compartment on the driver side and two stacked drawers. In addition, the bottom drawer of this solution is designed with perforations on the front, back and bottom to prevent your radio equipment from overheating and ensure that it remains in serviceable condition. Learn more about this solution and others designed for the Ford Interceptor Utility by stopping by our booth year. View a concept here.

  • Try out our Chevy Tahoe storage solutions

This year we also be showcasing our solutions designed for the Chevy Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle. Stop by our booth to learn more about our Organizer Drawer Series. This solution is designed with two outside lower compartments that safely secure 4 HAENNI scales, a middle drawer to store small handheld tools and a large cargo drawer with a Simplex Push Button Keyless lock to secure weapons and additional valuables. View a concept here.

  • Enter our contest giveaway

We are truly thankful for everyone who takes the time to stop by our booth to learn more about our products and meet with the team, which is why we are giving away a Pursuit Series Single Drawer to one of our lucky attendees. Our Pursuit Series Single Drawer is available for the Ford Interceptor, Chevy Tahoe and Dodge Durango. This solution is designed with high-grade aluminum making it both lightweight and durable, and includes rubber matting, a simplex key lock, single-handed operation and its elevated mounting brackets ensure spare tire access. Enter our contest giveaway by stopping by our booth.

  • Meet and greet with the OPS Public Safety team

Are you looking to upfit any SUVs, pickups or even a command vehicle in the next year? The team here at OPS Public Safety can help with your fleet specs. Stop by our booth #2826 to talk to our industry experts and learn more about how we can help your department secure their weapons and organize their equipment with our lightweight and durable storage solutions.

We can’t wait to feature our Chevy Tahoe and Ford Interceptor solutions at the International Chief’s of Police Conference this year, but more importantly we can’t wait to meet you all. Book a meeting with one of our experts today by sending an email to Tara McCance at tara.mccance@opspublicsafety.com.

Would you like a quote of one of the products being showcased? Give us a call at 630.994.3300 and we would be happy to help!

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About OPS Public Safety

OPS Public Safety is an industry-leading manufacturer of storage drawers for law enforcement and public safety vehicles. Founded in 2006, it now has locations in Watertown, New York, and Kingston, Ontario. Since day one, the family business has prided itself on building durable and lightweight aluminum products that ensure equipment is safe, secure, and easy to get to. OPS Public Safety offers storage solutions for SUV, pickups, vans, and command trailers. No matter the need, OPS Public Safety can design and manufacture a storage solution to your agency requirements.  

See you in Savannah Georgia? What is to come at PFE booth #834

The 16th Annual Police Fleet Expo hosted in Savannah, Georgia is only one month away! This event allows for public safety fleet professionals to get hands-on training on fleet management practices through innovative seminars, test drive the latest vehicles, learn more about products and services available and network with other industry professionals. Held at the Savannah Convention Center from August 12th-15th, you don’t want to miss this!

OPS Public Safety will be exhibiting again this year and the team is excited to meet you all at the Ride and Drive and the expo hall. Here is what to expect at booth #834 this year:

See our drawer installed in a Chatham County Ford Interceptor.

This year we are going to be showcasing our SWAT Supervisor Stacked Drawer installed in a Chatham County Sheriff Ford Police Interceptor Utility. This solution is designed with a small 6” drawer to store weapons on top of a larger 12” bottom drawer to store various types of tactical equipment such as body armor, helmets, protective eye wear, harnesses and knee pads. In addition, this unit is designed to include a flip-up base with a removable electrical equipment tray to store radio equipment. Click here to view a concept.

Learn more about our Combo Radio Drawer Series.

In case you missed it at the NAFA Institute and Expo back in April here is another chance to learn more about the recent prototype we designed for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Designed with a rifle compartment, a larger equipment drawer and a ventilated radio drawer (with perforations on the front, back and bottom), this solution guarantees to safely store various types of equipment and will prevent electronic equipment from overheating. In addition, see just how easy it is to access the spare time with our sliding mounting base. Click here to view a concept.

Enter our draw to win a Pursuit Series Single Drawer.

Designed for the Ford Interceptor, Chevy Tahoe and Dodge Durango, our Pursuit Series Single Drawer ensures that all of your weapons and equipment can be stored in a simple, lightweight solution that is durable because of its aluminum construction. Learn more about our Pursuit Series by clicking this link. Here is how you can enter to win: 

Talk to our industry professionals.

Are you looking to upfit any vehicles this year and need help with your fleet specs? We can help you. Stop by our booth #834 to talk to our industry experts and learn more about how we have helped large departments with a variety of applications organize and store their equipment with our mobile storage solutions.

Need more reasons to visit us? How about plenty of giveaways including headphones and a free OPS Public Safety shaker cup? If you are coming, let us know so that we don’t miss you. Email Tara McCance to set up your personal tour of our demo units at the trade show: tara.mccance@ezstak.com

Register today and get 20% off of the full attendee pass by using the promo code: PFE19OPS

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About OPS Public Safety

OPS Public Safety is an industry-leading manufacturer of storage drawers for law enforcement and public safety vehicles. Founded in 2006, it now has locations in Watertown, New York; Schaumburg, Illinois; and Kingston, Ontario. Since day one, the family business has prided itself on building durable and lightweight aluminum products that ensure equipment is safe, secure, and easy to get to. OPS Public Safety offers storage solutions for SUV, pickups, vans, and command trailers. No matter the need, OPS Public Safety can design and manufacture a storage solution to your agency requirements.  

A Heads up to What Is Coming to NAFA’s 2019 Institute and Expo

The NAFA Institute and Expo is just over a month away. Held in Louisville, Kentucky, this event is one of the largest expos for fleet professionals in North America. Learn more about what services, and products are available on the expo floor, network with thousands of other fleet professionals, and attend training and educational sessions all in one place.

OPS Public Safety will be exhibiting once again this year and the team is thrilled to be part of this event. Here is a debrief as to what is to come this year from OPS Public Safety:

1) Combo Radio Drawer

If you missed it at IACP last year, here is your second chance to learn more about the recent prototype we designed for the Texas Department of Public Safety. This combo radio drawer was designed with a top equipment drawer to store weapons and gear, a bottom perforated drawer (with ventilation on the front and back) to safely store radio equipment and a rifle cabinet on the driver side.

Additional accessories that were added to this design include:

  • Rubber matting in the top drawer to prevent rattling and noise
  • Trigger latch with key lock on the rifle cabinet for easy access
  • Rear safety barrier and cargo rails around sides and front to allow for additional equipment to be stored on top of the unit
  • Black powder coated faces to provide extra durability and diminish visibility
2) New HEAVY-DUTY Pickup Truck Box

We are launching our new heavy-duty Truck Box this year at booth #700. This Truck Box is designed to store all your equipment and gear– for a competitive price! Truck Box features include:

  • Lightweight construction, only weighing 200lbs which increases your payload capacity
  • Store all your equipment with 450lbs drawer capacity and 750lbs top capacity
  • Water resistance to protect your equipment in damp weather conditions
  • One-handed push button handle with key lock for extra security
  • Slam shut operation allows for you to close your box by simply slamming it and it will lock automatically
  • Lock-in/lock-out slides help to keep your gear secure even when parked on a slope
  • Anti-skid tape to safely secure equipment on the top of the box

Learn about these features and more by stopping by our booth #700 or click here to view a concept.

3) Prize Giveaway

Who doesn’t love free stuff? Barbeque season is well on its way, which is why we are giving away a Weber Charcoal Grill to one lucky winner at the show. Here is how you can enter:

4) Meet and Greet with the OPS Public Safety Team

The people at OPS Public Safety are excited to attend another NAFA Institute and Expo, but we are more excited to meet you all. Meet our experienced staff to get expert advice on your next vehicle upfit, receive information on how we have helped large agencies in North America and to learn more about our diverse offerings. Book an appointment with one of our experts here.

There is so many exciting things happening at the NAFA Institute and Expo this year and we can’t wait to be a part of it. We look forward to meeting you all at booth #700!


About OPS Public Safety

OPS Public Safety manufactures weapon and gear storage systems for law enforcement and public safety vehicles. Founded in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 2006, the family business quickly grew into the US market and opened a second production facility in Watertown, New York in 2018. Today it delivers a full line of storage products across the US, Canada and beyond.

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

 

OPS Public Safety to Debut Two New Products at PFE 2017

Police Fleet Expo 2017 is set for August 21 – 24 in Memphis, Tennessee, and this year we have two new products to show you there. We’re introducing our latest cargo drawer system from the new budget-friendly Pursuit Series and an electronic keypad lock, another first for us.

This will be the 14th PFE, and once again it’s set to be the biggest expo for the law enforcement fleet industry in North America. Over 80 vendors will be there. Some will be out at the Memphis International Raceway for the Ride & Drive event, where attendees can test drive the latest pursuit vehicles OPS Public Safety will be inside the tradeshow at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

At Ride & Drive, John Wright & Associates will show off one of our dual stacked drawers inside an SUV. While over at our tradeshow booth — number 510 — the new Pursuit Series cargo drawer will feature prominently along with its weapon and new radio drawer options.

Launched in April, the Pursuit Series made its debut at NAFA in Tampa, Florida, and is our new line of modular storage units for the Chevy Tahoe and Ford PIU. Like all of our products, they’re built with lightweight aluminum, heavy-duty ball-bearing drawer slides and our unique, one-handed EZ Latch drawer opening system, which allows quick, easy access to gear and weapons. Same quality. More affordable. That’s the benefit of the Pursuit
Series.

The other new product we’re excited to show you is our electronic keypad lock. It’ll be featured on a special custom unit at our booth, and it’s now available on a selection of our drawer units. Stop by to try it out and see how it can keep your equipment more secure than a standard key lock.

We’ll also have a radio drawer unit onsite featuring a vented drawer for your electronics, as well as that SUV from Ride & Drive.

Need more reasons to visit us? How about plenty of giveaways, a free OPS Public Safety Challenge Coin and a chance to win a Fitbit Charge 2?

If you are coming, let us know so that we don’t miss you! Email Shane or Joe to set up your personal tour of our demo units at the tradeshow:
shane@opspublicsafety.com
joe@opspublicsafety.com

Book your personal demonstration with Shane or Joe at PFE:

If you’re coming to the show, why not book a one-on-one demonstration of the new Pursuit Series, Radio Drawer, Stacked Drawer or new electronic keypad lock? We don’t want to miss meeting you!

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See our Pickup Truck Series drawers featuring our new electronic keypad lock in the exciting, newly launched Ford F-150 Police Responder at booth #800!

 

New Combo Radio Drawer was a Huge Hit at IACP 2016

OPS Public Safety’s new Combo Radio Drawer was the biggest draw to their booth at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California, last month (October 15 – 18).

It was the first time the company attended the annual event that’s become the largest gathering of law enforcement leaders in the world. With over 750 exhibitors, it features educational programming, keynote speakers, community-building specialists, and collections of tactical equipment and technology solutions.

OPS Public Safety’s IACP show collection was displayed in a 30-foot by 40-foot red-carpeted booth — the largest footprint at an event like this for the manufacturer of high quality weapon and gear vehicle storage drawers.

“The most popular item for us there was our FIU Combo Unit with a Radio Drawer,” says OPS Public Safety’s VP of Sales, Shane Lawrenson. “And that was great to see because it’s one of our newest items, and we’re certainly proud of it.”

Designed to keep radio equipment from overheating, the Combo Radio Drawer also provides secure storage for weapons in the long box and gear in the top drawer, while the vented drawer can be used to keep communications equipment cool or store officers’ damp clothing.

The Combo Radio Drawer was displayed in an SUV along with five other units at IACP 2016, along with a New Mexico State Police pickup truck (complete with an officer). Visitors could also fuel up with free Starbucks coffee and enter to win a Garmin SmartWatch.

“We’ll return to IACP in 2017 in Philadelphia,” says Lawrenson, “Who knows which storage drawer will be the big hit next year?”

Learn more about Combo Radio Drawer

Photos from IACP 2016

 

 

CVE Wheel/Axles Scales Unit Draws Crowds at PFE 2016

On August 24 and 25, OPS Public Safety attended the Police Fleet Expo (PFE) in Columbus, Ohio, and according to the team on the ground, the company’s CVE Wheel/Axles Scales Unit was a huge hit.

Specifically designed for Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, and available for Ford Explorer and Tahoe pursuit vehicles, the scales unit holds four scales along with gear and rifles. It’s manufactured with heavy gauge aluminum and heavy-duty, 200-pound ball bearing slides.

“A few visitors to our booth at PFE 2016 were particularly impressed by the scale unit’s ability to hold four scales,” says OPS Public Safety’s VP of Sales, Shane Lawrenson. “They liked its great storage capacity as well and that you are still able to gain easy access to the spare tire in a quick, efficient manner. Some also noted that with this unit you don’t have to purpose a large SUV or pickup truck to do the job. You can outfit a less expensive vehicle while fulfilling the same purpose. It was great to see that positive response.”

Lawrenson and his team had five other drawer units onsite, too, including a pickup truck with the company’s Maximizer-3 Drawer Unit in it.

This was the 13th year for PFE, which is an expo all about the latest and greatest fleet products and services for the law enforcement industry. Showcasing over 80 vendors and open to all law enforcement personnel, OPS Public Safety took part in the four-day PFE event featuring the tradeshow and an outside Ride & Drive event where attendees can test drive the latest pursuit vehicles.

By the end of PFE 2016, OPS Public Safety had made almost 100 contacts — the NYPD, Massachusetts State Police and Florida Highway Patrol among them. “The reasons for that success were many,” says Lawrenson, “but the CVE Wheel/Axles Scales Unit was a big one.”

Learn more about CVE Wheel/Axles Scales Unit 

Photos from PFE 2016

OPS Public Safety Enjoys a Successful 2015 Police Fleet Expo in Milwaukee

expo-showroomOn August 18th – 21st OPS Public Safety exhibited for the first time at Police Fleet Expo and it was a very successful show for them. OPS Public Safety is an industry leading manufacturer of quality weapon and gear vehicle storage drawers for law enforcement including local and state police departments.

OPS Public Safety manufactures tough, secure, lightweight aluminum storage systems for Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility – PIU, Chevy Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle – PPV and other law enforcement vehicles. The Single, Dual, Stacked and Combo Drawer units enable the responders to organize their gear and get to it fast. New at the show were the SIDEKICK and MAX Secure Pickup Drawer models.

expo-sidekickThe “SIDEKICK” is an Over Wheelwell Secure Pickup Drawer Model that capitalizes on the space over the wheelwell. All OPS Public Safety products are manufactured with high grade durable 0.100” North American aluminum and stainless fasteners, each drawer fully extends on heavy duty ball bearing drawer slides rated at 200 lbs. total capacity and is available in an optional black finish.

expo-maxThe “MAX” Pickup Secure Storage Drawer is a large drawer that fits between the wheel wells providing maximum secure storage. The “MAX” drawer fully extends on heavy duty ball bearing drawer slides rated at 400 lbs. total capacity.