NORTH AURORA – Beginning in early March, residents will start seeing some new squad cars with a completely redesigned paint and decal scheme.
The department at that time will start driving Chevrolet Caprice squad cars. North Aurora police officers had driven Ford Police Interceptors (formerly called Crown Victorias) since the late 1990s, but since the Interceptors were discontinued, the department was forced to choose a new model, according to a news release from the North Aurora Police Department.
North Aurora Police Chief David Summer established a committee to redesign the look of the squad cars. Several officers volunteered and ultimately came up with the new black and white design, the news release stated.
Summer said he favored the new design because of its traditional appeal.
“Much like fire trucks are red, black and white squad cars are a symbol of the police,” Summer said in the release. “I want people to identify us as the police, without any doubt.”
Some of the features in the new design will include the two-tone paint scheme, the department’s logo and reflective decals on the sides and rear of the vehicle.
It will take about two to three years until the entire fleet of patrol vehicles have been converted to the black and white design, the release stated.