Harrisonburg Police Department Gets New Vehicles, New Technology

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- If you're driving around Harrisonburg, you may notice a police cruiser that looks a little different from the others.

Harrisonburg police officers are giving their cars a facelift.

The interceptor is the first of three new vehicles that the Harrisonburg Police Department will be getting.

The main difference is the black and white color scheme and Lieutenant Kurt Boshart said there's a reason for it.

Lieutenant Boshart said the cars are meant to be identified immediately as police cruisers.

The new cruiser is a Ford Interceptor with a push bumper.

The push bumper allows officers to push a parked car out of the way in an emergency.

The older cars are Crown Victorias.

Departments across the country are switching to the old design as a way to reduce crime.

"And I think people readily identify that as being police and so driving through neighborhoods from a crime prevention standpoint it's really big and it helps the people, the citizens will readily be able to say, hey there's an officer driving through my neighborhood or there's someone I need to stop them and talk to them," said Lieutenant Boshart.

The department hopes to get the two new ford explorers in sometime this week.

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