The Service has unveiled a modern look for patrol vehicles.
The grey Ford Interceptors are now being rolled on city streets as vehicles are replaced.
Each scout car has a lifespan of about 4.5 years, so it will take about four years to change the look of all cars so that there is no additional cost to the Service. About 80 cars are slated to be replaced this year.
Chris Nielsen, of Fleet Management, says the patrol cars maintain high visibility.
“They have the same light bars and have white reflective decals so they are highly visible during the day or at night,” he said. “It’s a different look, but the same vehicle.”
He said the police vehicles are built stronger, with heavy-duty brakes and suspension, to take the wear and tear of police work and running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The added benefits of grey cars is that they have a higher resale value and require less maintenance and cleaning as marks and dirt are less visible.
The Service will still maintain a small fleet of “stealth” traffic enforcement vehicles, which are grey, but do not have light bars or highly visible markings.