Greenwich Police Department rolls out new vehicles

A look at the new Greenwich Police Department cruiser.

A look at the new Greenwich Police Department cruiser.

Like many cities and towns across the country, Greenwich has adopted a black and white color scheme for its marked police cars. New police interceptors have six cylinder engines, replacing the eight cylinder CVPI  models and delivering higher horsepower.

The police interceptor is a pursuit rated vehicle built to the demanding peformance standards of law enforcement. The GPD has invested in both sedan and utility models, all of which utilize all-wheel drive and have interchangable parts, ensuring easier maintainence for the fleet.

The cars are equipped with single prisoner cages to maximize space for equipment and personnel needs. Additionally, the cars have backup cameras for safety and a low frequency siren, refered to as a Growler, which is becoming the standard for emergency response vehicles.

Ten marked cars, five sedans and five SUVs, were purchased in the 2013-2014 budget, and will be incorporated into the GPD fleet as the current CVPI’s are retired. All of those CVPI’s are expected to be replaced over the next three or four years, based on age, mileage and condition.

The new black and white interceptors also feature reflective decals to increase visibility and safety for officers and the public. As the new cars are incorporated, local residents can expect to see a mix off old and new color schemes within the fleet.

Retired Greenwich Police Officer Mark Wilson, a current resident and car enthusiast, remembers that the GPD colors had been green and white dating back to at least the early 1950s. Though the department flirted with a blue car in the 70s, it never fully took hold. Officer Wilson believes that pop culture might have influenced the shift to the more standard black and white, but agrees that the scheme easily identifies the vehicles as police cruisers.

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