LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — The Prince George’s County Police Department unveiled new cruisers Thursday that combine a new look with an eye toward the future.
The redesigned vehicles, receiving their first makeover since the late 1990s, are newer-model Ford Police Interceptors with all-wheel drive and a new color scheme: two-tone dark blue and silver. Officers tested out their new wheels, which also feature smaller engines and better fuel economy, on an obstacle course in a parking lot at FedEx Field.
Photos: PGPD’s New-Look Cruisers
“These new cruisers represent who we are,” Chief Mark Magaw said. “This department is not the department I came on 30 years ago. And this car represents the new department.”
Each cruiser also displays the department’s Twitter handle — @PDPDNews — above the rear tires, which Magaw says will help transparency and community outreach. On the back of the cruisers is the department’s slogan, “First to Serve”.
The department currently has 24 new cruisers, with 75 more coming to the fleet in the coming weeks.
Magaw said the new cruisers were desperately needed, as many of the department’s current cars have more than 100,000 miles on them.
WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her on Twitter.