Police Fleet Expo 2023 Preview

Police Fleet Professional Magazine

Welcome to Police Fleet Expo 2023…and the great city of New Orleans!

New Orleans, LA (NOLA) is known for coming alive during Mardi Gras, but the Big Easy has far more to offer than colorful beads and lots of partying. Things to do in New Orleans include enjoying live jazz music, exploring paddlewheel steamboat tours, walking through sculpture gardens, and eating lots of local Creole and Cajun cuisine. There is a great deal of history in this unique southern city, a fact that will appease both history buffs and patriotic travelers alike. And you will never have a shortage of haunted attractions in New Orleans. Pack lightly with summer attire, because the average August temperature can easily reach 92 degrees F, with lows around 76 degrees F.

A trip to NOLA has made its way onto many bucket lists, appealing to night owls, families, and foodies alike. Whether you take a walk through the city streets and attractions steeped in tradition, or dine at a new trendy restaurant, New Orleans is ready to welcome you with open arms. The French Quarter is a well-known district that stands out for its colorful history and bar scene, making it a popular stop, on any given day. Popular activities include touring historical homes and the famed Bourbon Street.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, you’ll find the Arts District of New Orleans. Also known as the Warehouse District, the Arts District has undergone a resurgence over the past few decades and transformed into a hub for art and culture. Bordered by Canal Street, Loyola Avenue, the Pontchartrain Expressway, and the Mississippi River, you’ll know once you’ve entered the quiet yet vibrant neighborhood. Cobblestone streets, art galleries, new restaurants, and museums all add to the charm of this area.

Lakeview is just a short distance from downtown and gained its moniker from its location near Lake Pontchartrain. This neighborhood is a must-stop destination for anyone visiting New Orleans who has an interest in throwing a line in the water or taking a lazy, thoughtful stroll along the shore. New Orleans tours and day trips are always available to take you through the most popular areas.

Since its opening day on D-Day (June 6, 2000), nearly two million visitors have toured the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. A must-see for history buffs and all patriots, it has been designated by the U.S. Congress as America’s official WWII Museum. Powerful images and extraordinary artifacts bring to life the American Spirit, the courage, teamwork, and sacrifice of the young men and women who won the war and changed the world.

Once upon a time, the cabaret shows in The Big Easy were frowned upon, but these days, they are something to see while you’re in New Orleans. Other sites that attract people from around the country include the New Orleans Opera and the Chickie Wah Wah jazz and dance club.

There is so much for tourists to do in the heart of Louisiana. Home to St. Louis Cathedral and its fair share of above-ground cemeteries, New Orleans is rich in history, and you’ll never find a better bowl of gumbo anywhere. Don’t leave without a visit to French Market, which is the oldest public market in the nation. Eat a delicious beignet at Café Du Monde. Tour Jackson Square and catch some of the best jazz performances in the world on Frenchmen Street.

Police Fleet Expo 2023 will bring together the largest group of Police Fleet Professionals with vehicle manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the only Expo that is exclusive to all aspects of Police Fleet Management. This year’s training and trade show will take place at the beautiful New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center at 900 Convention Center Boulevard.

There will be more than 90 police fleet-related companies, displaying new vehicles, new vehicle products, and vehicle accessories. Join YouTuber (and Miami Police Officer) NickOffDuty as he walks the show floor and visits with various companies and tests their latest offerings.

New vehicles will be on display from the Big 3 auto manufacturers plus the latest products from aftermarket manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers. Get a hands-on feel for the latest products and services…right after sitting in on cutting-edge presentations that directly pertain to you (whether you are highly experienced or new to Police Fleet Management, or your agency is small, medium, or large). Police Fleet Expo offers outstanding fleet training taught by industry experts, which includes five separate educational tracks from which to choose.

Share new ideas and solutions with other Police Fleet Professionals in your area of expertise. Discuss solutions that assist you in performing your job more effectively and test drive the newest police vehicles, all in one location.

Police Fleet Expo is a non-association-affiliated Expo. It is designed to be cost-effective to allow more managers the opportunity to attend. The goal of PFE is to provide today’s Police Fleet Professional with a “one stop shop” so you can conserve valuable training money and see everything at one show.

PFE 2023 Schedule

Sunday, August 13
4:00pm–7:00pm Registration Desk Open
The Morial Convention Center (Outside Hall E)
Registration Desk is open for check-in and answers to your questions. If you are not currently registered for Police Fleet Expo 2023, please visit the sign-up kiosk prior to visiting the Registration Desk.

7:00pm–10:00pm — Federal Signal Welcome Reception
The Federal Signal Welcome Reception is a place to gather once you’ve arrived and picked up your credentials. Make plans for the Expo and visit with friends in a casual environment at the Hilton host hotel. Enjoy drinks and appetizers and relax after your day of travel.

Monday, August 14
8:00am–4:00pm — Registration Desk Open
The Morial Convention Center (Outside Hall E)

9:00am–3:30pm — DriveX Driving Experience
NOLA Motorsports Park

The first bus leaves for the track at 8:45am. Busses run throughout the day, transporting attendees to and from the track.

PFE’s renowned DriveX event kicks off the Expo at the beautiful NOLA Motorsports Park, located 15 minutes from the convention center. Get behind the wheel of the latest sedans/SUVs from Dodge Law, Ford Pro, and GM Envolve. There will be a track course for attendees to test the new vehicles plus a unique off-road course.

GM Envolve will have a full lineup of vehicles, including the first-ever Pursuit Rated Blazer EV PPV, which will be on static trade show display along with the 2024 Tahoe PPV & Silverado PPV. For the Ride & Drive track and off-road event, GM Envolve will have the Silverado PPV and Tahoe PPV as well.

Ford Pro will have several vehicles available, the PIU and F-150 Police Responder for on-road testing, and the F-150 Police Responder and Expedition SSV for off-road testing. On display, the Ford Pro will also have a F-150 Lightning and Mach-E.

Dodge Law will have the Dodge Durango Pursuit and Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles on display and at the track.

Next to the Test Drive Entrance, there will be 15 police vehicle equipment vendors showcasing the latest police vehicle equipment. Make sure to stop by each vendor and see their products installed on an actual vehicle. Get a feel for exactly how the equipment works, installs, and functions.

The Bridgestone Driving Experience is an opportunity to test drive police vehicles with the latest Firestone Firehawk Police Pursuit tires. During this event, attendees will have the opportunity to compare the Firehawk against other tires and feel the difference for themselves. This is a rare opportunity to compare apples to apples when it comes to testing tires. Same location, same track, same vehicles, same conditions…there’s even a section with water!

Whelen Networking Event
The Sugar Mill

Join Whelen at The Sugar Mill (across from the convention center) for a night of Mardi Gras fun, including world-famous NOLA cuisine, cocktails, music, entertainment, gaming, VIP stations, and much more. This is an invitation-only event including FULL PASS attendees so please be sure to visit the Whelen table (next to the Registration Desk) to pick up your credentials. You must bring your credentials to get into the event.

Tuesday, August 15
7:30am–4:00pm — Registration Desk Open
The Morial Convention Center (Outside Hall E)

Opening Ceremony (La Nouvelle Ballroom, 2nd Floor, Morial Center)

Educational Sessions

PFE will host three days of vital and topical training sessions designed specifically for Police Fleet Professionals. Sessions range from Fleet Management 101 for those new to the position, to more advanced class offerings dealing with the important issues facing the fleet industry. All of this is in addition to the invaluable manufacturer’s sessions conducted by Ford Pro, Dodge Law, and GM Envolve, where you get a chance to hear from the very people who design your law enforcement vehicles. Not only do you get to hear from the Big 3, but you get the opportunity to get answers to questions directly from the OEM representatives.

Code 3 / Laguna / Westin Public Safety / Printek Networking Event
Creole Queen Paddlewheeler

Join Code 3, Westin, Laguna & Printek for their casino-themed event aboard the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler located at 1 Poydras Street near the host hotel. The night will include a variety of New Orleans-inspired dishes, tables with a wide range of classic casino games, and plenty of giveaways to be raffled off throughout the night. There will be several police vehicles on display next to the paddlewheel boat. The boat will remain docked. Come enjoy a wonderful evening in exciting New Orleans! Pick up your ticket near the boat entrance after showing your PFE badge. This event is for FULL PASS attendees.

Wednesday, August 16
8:00am–4:00pm — Registration Desk Open
The Morial Convention Center (Outside Hall E)

Educational Sessions

Police Fleet Expo (PFE) Day 1
PFE offers over eight hours of expo hall access, over two days, to more than 90 fleet-related vendors.

SoundOff Signal / Setina Manufacturing / InterMotive / 911 Circuits Networking Event
Mardi Gras World

Indulge your inner partier! Join SoundOff Signal, Setina, InterMotive, and 911 Circuits as we explore Mardi Gras World together. Feel the need for beads while you stroll through the famous floats den. Head into the enchanting mansion for a one-of-a-kind experience with authentic southern fare and flare. You’ll be feeling les bon temps as the party and DJ spins you into a night of Mardi Gras revelry! This event is for FULL PASS attendees only. You MUST wear your badge to enter.

Thursday, August 17
7:30am–1:15pm — Registration Desk Open
The Morial Convention Center (Outside Hall E)

Super Session (Planning for Electric Vehicles…The Time is Now)

Police Fleet Expo (PFE) Day 2
PFE offers over eight hours of expo hall access, over two days, to more than 90 fleet-related vendors.

See you soon in New Orleans! For the latest updates, please visit www.policefleetexpo.com

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