Prince George’s County police unveiled new cruisers at FedEx Field today with a navy blue, gray and black color scheme to replace the blue-and-white combo that has been on the cars for decades.
The department recently got the first 24 cars in the fleet of new cruisers, with a total of 75 to be rolled out by the end of the year.
Police Chief Mark Magaw said the look of the new car “represents the new department.” The colors match the look of the uniforms patrol officers wear. But the upgrade isn’t just about aesthetics.
The police interceptors have all-wheel drive, offering better control and handling for officers compared to the old cars, Magaw said. The new cars will also help replace the aging fleet, in which many of the cruisers had more than 100,000 miles.
Magaw said the county has budgeted more than $8 million for the new cruisers in the current fiscal year. Another $9 million has been budgeted for the coming year.
Cpl. Michael Summers was in the parking lot at FedEx Field on Thursday morning, demonstrating how the new cars handled on a training course. Before officers can drive one of the new cruisers, they will have to get through the course in less than one minute and 15 seconds without hitting a cone. Summers said officers will be training on the parking lot of FedEx Field about every two weeks.
“It’s totally different than anything we’ve ever had,” Summers said.