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50 special edition black and gold patrol cars have joined the Michigan State Police fleet in honor of the MSP’s 100th Anniversary. The fully equipped 2016 Dodge Chargers are painted to resemble the department’s iconic 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

The 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car was one of the department’s first patrol cars and is the oldest vehicle in the department’s historical fleet. This unique patrol car had a siren that ran off of the fan belt and a radio that was ‘receive only.’

The MSP used black and gold patrol cars until 1954 when Commissioner Joseph A. Childs changed the department’s patrol cars from black and gold to the bright shade of blue that remains the standard today.

Each post will receive at least one 100th Anniversary patrol car for use on general patrol and at community events.

These patrol cars were purchased as part of the department’s annual fleet replacement so no additional money was expended for them, nor is there an additional cost to purchase a black car versus a blue car. These 100th Anniversary patrol cars will remain in the department’s fleet until they reach their maximum mileage and must be replaced, like any other patrol car.

 
Source : facebook.com/MichiganStatePolice