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LOOK: Police Turning Heads with New Black-and-White Cruisers

The two brand new 2012 Chevrolet Caprices are being integrated into the fleet

If you've wondered if those black-and-white police cruisers making their way around town belong to North Canton police, they most certainly do.

And the North Canton Police Department is pretty excited to add them to the fleet.

The two brand new 2012 Chevrolet Caprices will replace two Crown Victorias that have "well over 100,000 miles on them," Officer Mark Hipp said.

"We went back to black and white as a more traditional look to try to change it up a bit," Hipp said.

He said the department worked with the graphics company Repros to get the design just right. White vinyl graphics that read "North Canton Police" wrap over the doors of the all-black car.

All lights on the car are LED lights and use less energy.

"They're a lot brighter, too," Hipp said. "It's pretty much what everybody is going to now."

The light bar on the top also sits low, so Hipp said it will be more difficult for motorists to tell they're approaching a police car.

North Canton City Council had approved the purchase of the two cruisers in April. The state bid price is $25,772, Chief Stephan Wilder had written in a letter to the city administrator. Along with additional equipment, each car costs $27,726, for a total of $55,453.

Hipp said the department will continue to replace at least two cars each year but hopes to replace more next year.

andy griffin November 16, 2012 at 12:09 AM
mayberry rfd, and that is just a stale look. why not something modern?
andy griffin November 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM
i will see how bright the lights are in my mirrors!! haha :(
Fred Benson November 17, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I don't like the move to the "stealth" look. I believe the police should stand out and be seen,thus deterring some crime.
Bill Knepp November 20, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I like the "stealth" look...and it will STOP crime Fred, because you can't see them! This is what is needed and I'm glad the police dept. went in this diirection to help curb crime in this city! Keep up the great job guys!!

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