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Bold New Design For Wayne Police Cars

Charger is one of a few cars with the new design that the department will purchase this year.

The has a new patrol car in its fleet and it looks very different from its counterparts.

The new car is a 2012 Dodge Charger. It is painted black with “police” printed in big blue letters on both sides.

“We’ve had a lot of compliments on that car,” said Chief John Reardon. “It’s very popular with our officers.”

The car is one of about 35 cars being used by the department’s patrol and traffic units. The department annually replaces about four cars from the units based on mileage and wear and tear.

Reardon said more cars with the new design will be added to the fleet this year. He did not comment on how much the cars cost.

The department’s old blue and yellow vehiclular color scheme debuted in 1986.

“It’s a significant change for us, no doubt about it,” Reardon said.

The department has a fleet of about 50 vehicles, including a prisoner van. 

Scondo April 25, 2012 at 12:03 PM
No one doubts the need to replace cars. The Crown Victoria has gone he way of the dodo, Ford stopped producing them, that leaves very few domestic autos to fill the bill. My only complaint is with the article , not the replacement. Like really does anyone care about the paint job on a police car? Replacement is certainly needed.
Justice April 25, 2012 at 04:38 PM
The Crown Victoria's are dangerous and have defects. There have been several lawsuits regarding the safety of these vehicles. Unfortunately, it could cost more if one of our officers get hurt or hurt others in an MVA with these vehicles. We need to look up the safety records of both vehicles and then compare them in order to make a fair cost analysis. Of course, this is something that our hard earned tax money has gone to pay someone's salary with; therefore, that information should be readily available from our very forthcoming Council and more forthcoming Mayor with the gag-orders Vergogna.
fboy1932 April 25, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I support the new cars, lets face it the milage abuse on the cars being driven 24-7 and the repairs to keep them up and running. I love the new look!!!
Chris Traynor April 26, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Before anyone gets the wrong idea, I am a traditional kind of guy who respects both the police and our men and women in the military but is anyone else out there noticing how the lines are blurring between the police and the military? I am not advocating some crazy conspiracy but something seems wrong. The new car is a small but still fair example of the cross-breeding that's been happening for a long time now. Does this new look say "protect and serve" to you or is it a bit more of an aggressive slogan like "assault and disarm", "follow our exact commands" or "don't question our authority." The car is so dark - even the wheels are all black. When I was a kid, a police officer was shown with a smile on "his" face - often sitting happily is a friendly-looking cruiser (or even on a horse!). This "Cop & Weapon Carrier" would scare the bejeesus out of a little kid especially when today's officer - equipped with a full helmet, body armor, taser, mace weapon, baton, army boots and holster with semi-automatic firearm bolts from the car to check on one of the many planned cameras around our town. More and more police receive "specialized training" from our military and I, for one, don't like that change in their mission. I read recently about certain large police forces acquiring drones and other "neighborly equipment." I know this one car won't raise much fear but it is yet another small step in the march to reshape our police force into miniature domestic enforcement squadrons.
Scondo April 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Bear cats, jack boots, tac vest and bloused trousers not to your liking? Chris has a well made point.

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