Basye Serving on Ford’s Police Advisory Board
Written by Nancy Bowman
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 04:07
Marc Basye’s knowledge of cars has kept him on the run lately.
The Tipp City police sergeant this spring began a two-year stint on the Ford Motor Company’s Police Advisory Board.
At the same time as the police department’s fleet manager he’s been readying the police department’s first Ford Police Utility Interceptor, a SUV, for use.
Basye said the SUV was selected over a sedan option because it has a large capacity cargo area behind the second row seat and the second row seat has more space.
“I am of the theory if I can’t haul my gear or prisoner, what good does it do me?” he said of the attraction of the SUV versus a sedan with less cargo space.
He said the Interceptor Utility also gets 17 miles per gallon (real world driving versus EPA average) compared to the traditional police vehicle, the Ford Crown Victoria, which gets around 10 miles per gallon average. It also is equipped with a stabilization system that helps in navigating curves and in keeping the vehicle stable while braking.
The company stopped making the police Crown Victoria’s in 2011 so departments have been evaluating options offered by the vehicle manufacturers.
The police department held its drivers training on the new vehicle last week at Kyle Park. Other agencies including Piqua and Covington also had officers attending the training. Basye is a guest driving instructor for the Ohio Police Officer’s Training Academy, certified in teaching tactical driving, pursuit termination techniques, SUV handling, and vehicle counter-ambush tactics, among other courses.
As the fleet manager, Basye keeps track of product research and development as well as preparation of each new vehicle for use and ongoing maintenance.
He was a natural for the fleet management responsibilities. He and his father once operated a car lot in Covington and he’s been driving since he was age 5 when he drove in quarter midget racing.
Basye’s knowledge of vehicles and his work as fleet manager also led to his appointment this year to the Ford police advisory board that meets twice a year.
The board of law enforcement representatives from agencies such as the FBI, the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police and the Arizona Department of Public Safety meets with Ford engineers to provide feedback on vehicles.
“The actual engineers who build the car are at the table,” he said. “We give them direct feedback from the field from a police perspective.”
A talk with a Ford representative at a Louisville, Ky., fleet expo in 2006 about an issue with the headlights of the Crown Victoria, eventually led to the invite for Basye to sit on the panel.
“I am very humbled to be on the advisory board,” he said. “I felt like a guppy among all those big fish at the first meeting in Dearborn.”
The board members also serve as liaisons with other fleet managers