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PT police getting new cars, color scheme

December 31st, 2013 - 5:28am

(Port Townsend) Port Townsend police are going for a new-old style in the force's police cars.

This week, police rolled out three new Ford Police Interceptors. They'll replace three cars that were more than a decade old.

PT police say the new cars are more fuel efficient than the old Crown Victorias and can handle diverse weather better.

They also can hold more people, dogs and cargo; which police say could be helpful in the event of evacuations.

With the new cars, the department is also reintroducing a navy blue paint scheme for its fleet. Port Townsend patrol vehicles were navy blue until 2006, when white cars were reintroduced.

Police officials say the unique blue color scheme fits in with the maritime history of Port Townsend and makes their cars easily distinguishable from other police agencies.

The new cars also have lights moved inside. Not having an external light bar on top of the car saves between 5 and 7 percent in annual fuel cost.

Each car cost about $50-thousand dollars.

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