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FLEET MANAGEMENT

"It is one of the best-outfitted fleets in the world."
-Robert Martinez, deputy commissioner

// To keep officers safer, NYPD is transforming the
fleet from standard patrol cars to utility vehicles. Also,
smart cars are replacing its three-wheel scooters.

Safe and Smart

THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT UPGRADED
ITS FLEET TO KEEP OFFICERS SAFE AND ADDED
GREEN TECHNOLOGY TO PROTECT THE EARTH.
>NYPD FLEET

BY CHRIS KELSCH

When Robert Martinez talks to
vehicle manufacturers, they generally listen. As deputy commissioner of
Support Services Bureau and formerly
the director of the New York City Police
(NYPD) fleet services division, he and
members of his staff serve on advisory boards for Ford, GM and Harley
Davidson, offering user feedback and
suggestions. "We give advice on how
to tweak the vehicles," Martinez says.
"Ultimately, we listen to the end-user
and offer advice based on that."
Not only does Martinez offer a vehicle
driver's perspective, but also that of a
mechanic. He started as an auto service

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worker with NYPD in 1986, and worked
his way up to deputy commissioner of
NYPD's Support Services Bureau, which
oversees 800 employees and three other
divisions: central records, printing and
property clerk.
Martinez won a lifetime achievement
award in 2015 for his work in developing
an internship program, as well as teaching at conferences and sharing best
practices, and for his work to transform
police light bar technology.
Large and Visible
Martinez oversees one of the largest
and most visible municipal fleets in the
country, with 10,000 vehicles and 13 ser-

vice centers throughout New York's five
boroughs. If there is one driving principle in servicing that fleet, it is safety.
"Our mission statement is 'supporting
the department in making tomorrow
safer than today,'" Martinez says.
To that end, several safety initiatives
are underway. The first is bullet-resistant windows for all patrol cars. The
second has been gradually transforming
the fleet from standard patrol cars to
utility vehicles. "Patrol officers feel the
larger vehicles are safer because they
are heavier," Martinez says. "In particular, the Ford Explorer is well-liked, and
has more room for equipment such as
tablets and license plate readers. Ford
has really stepped up to the plate."
Moreover, the vehicle is actually more
-------------------------------------- [ PROFILE ]
NYPD Fleet
www.nyc.gov/html/nypd
Headquarters: New York City, N.Y.
Employees: 800
Specialty: Police fleet services
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