Springettsbury Township Police Lt. Todd King was like a kid at Christmas when the department received its new police cruisers.
The veteran officer who manages the department's fleet quickly fired up the emergency lights the night the new Ford Interceptors arrived from Continental Signs after having new graphics applied.
The three new Fords -- a sedan and two SUVs -- replace the aging relics of police cars past, the department's Crown Victorias.
"When we drove them, it was a really good product," King said of the new cruisers.
Search: When Ford announced it was doing away with the tried but true Crown Vics in 2011, Springettsbury Township officials formed a committee to examine which cars would replace the old Fords.
After a search, the committee opted to stick with Ford.
"We had officers drive them to see what the comfort was like," King said. "They're a very comfortable ride."
When officers are in cars for their entire shift, comfort is key. The committee also had taxpayers in mind when searching for new cars.
Some of the old Crown Victorias' equipment -- the light bars, radios and computers -- was fitted into the new cars, which also get more miles per gallon.
"The gas mileage is a little bit better than the Crown Vics," King said.
New look: The department also took the opportunity to revamp its aging graphics, partly because the old ones wouldn't fit on the cars, King said.
The new cars have an updated design that includes reflective lettering and the addition of the township's web address.
The department also followed a national trend and opted for black and white police cars instead of all white cars. The new Fords are actually all black and have a white graphic wrap on the doors and roof, King said.
The old design and color scheme remain on the old cars as township supervisors decide whether to replace those graphics now or wait until more new cars are purchased.
Black and white cars are more closely associated with police work and are more visible to the public, said Chief Thomas Hyers.
"When we drive through neighborhoods, we want people to see us," King said.
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