HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania State Police unveiled the new gray Ford Interceptor Utility and Sedan marked patrol vehicles at the Carlisle Station on Friday.
The Carlisle station is the first station in Troop H to have both vehicles in its fleet.
PSP currently has a fleet of 1,112 marked units.
The new color scheme will be phased in over a three-year period starting this year. As the cars reach the end of service life, they will be replaced with a gray car in the new scheme.
The agency says the staggered rollout will save money because patrol cars will not be taken out of service to be repainted. The only additional cost will be a $60 decal for each vehicle, costing taxpayers around $66,000.
“It was built into our regular budget. Obviously, the need for us to purchase vehicles is always going to exist, so it was simply built into that,” Cpl. Adam Reed said.
Police wanted their vehicles to be more noticeable and to tie back into the history of the State Police. The color gray is also used in trooper uniforms.
The vehicles also have upgraded technology with features such as mobile video recorders, radios, light bars, spotlights, and a push bumper.
“It looks good. It feels good to the troopers because troopers spend their entire shifts in these vehicles. They are outfitted for an eight-hour shift plus more depending on what incidents occur,” state police spokesman Tpr. Brent Miller said.
The department has an annual vehicle budget of approximately $11 million. Vehicles are sold at auction after being taken out of service, typically upon reaching 100,000 miles.