The Town of Normal is rolling out its new squad car design. And motorists may take some time to get used to it. Some of the new units are SUVs and the color scheme is less obvious according to Assistant Chief Kirk Ijams.
"And I can tell you that most people do not know those are police cars when they come up along side of them. Just the design of the Ford Interceptors, similar to a Ford Explorer is not what people typically look at as a police car because the Crown Vics have been around for so long."
Ijams says the quieter color scheme was not intended to be more difficult for motorists to see because officers have no trouble catching speeders now. As Assistant Chief Eric Klingele jokes, though, it only takes one traffic stop for someone to get used to the look of the new vehicle. The police department has purchased nine vehicles, five sedans and four SUVs as part of a four year cycle of replacement. Assistant Chief Ijams says officers chose the design from three possibilities developed by a smaller committee.
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