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Colorado Springs police cruisers get new look

Published: June 3, 2014, 3:05 pm, by Andrea Sinclair

Colorado Springs Police Officer Will Sunday parks a police motorcycle Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in front of police cruisers sporting the department's latest paint and decal schemes. 28 black Dodge Chargers with white decals will be on the streets in coming weeks. 24 Dodge Chargers with white body color and black decals went into service in the past year. There are still 175 white cruisers in service with the more familiar blue decals but those will be replaced with the black and white vehicles over the next 8-10 years. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Colorado Springs Police officer Will Sunday parks a police motorcycle Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in front of police cruisers sporting the department’s latest paint and decal schemes. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

With the goal of helping the public readily identify patrol cruisers and create a highly visible profile in the community, Colorado Springs police cars will get brand new black and white paint schemes and decals starting in the following weeks, according to a statement released Monday. 

Black body and white decals will go on 28 2014 Dodge Chargers will be added to the field in the next weeks, while 24 Dodge Chargers with white body and black decals went into service over the past year, spokeswoman Lt. Catherine Buckley said. The remaining 175 cruisers in service with the familiar blue decals will be replaced with the black and white design over the next 8-10 years. 

Colorado Springs police has a fleet of 645 units, including 43 special equipment such as mobile generators, trailers, fork lifts, and tractors. There are 602 automotive units with 227 patrol cruisers, which are replaced when they meet the criteria of four years in service and 90,000 miles, the statement read. All other department vehicles are rotated when they complete eight years in service at least 80,000 miles. Motorcycles are replaced every five years. 

CSPD maintains a fleet of 645 units of all types to include; 43 special equipment such as mobile generators, trailers, fork lifts, and tractors.  There are 602 automotive units in inventory with 227 patrol cruisers.  Patrol cruisers are replaced when they meet the criteria of 4 years in service and 90,000 miles.  All other department vehicles are rotated when they are in service for 8 years and have at least 80,000 miles.  Motorcycles are replaced every 5 years.