February 14, 2007

OPP to premiere new black and white cruiser at Toronto Auto Show

OPP cruiser sporting the force's new black-and-white paint job
OPP cruiser sporting the force’s new black-and-white paint job. Click image to enlarge

Aurora, Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will present the first view of its new black-and-white cruisers at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The police plan to replace the entire 1,200-vehicle fleet of Ford Crown Victoria models with black and white cruisers over the next two and a half years, following the normal fleet replacement schedule. The cruisers are assembled at Ford of Canada’s St. Thomas, Ontario plant.

“Traffic safety is a core function of the OPP,” says Commissioner Julian Fantino. “The black and white patrol vehicle will be instantly recognizable as police – as the Ontario Provincial Police. Couple this with new LED high-visibility roof lights and vehicle markings and we are making a significant impact on, and an improvement to, the visibility of police officers in general patrol vehicles. The distinctiveness of the black and white cruiser also stands as a powerful symbol for the OPP’s renewed all-out focus on traffic safety.”

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