NJ State Police unveils 'retro' cruisers for 100th anniversary
A fleet of ‘60s inspired black-and-whites hit the beat last week, complete with cherry top lights
By Suzie Ziegler
TRENTON, N.J. — Everything comes back in style eventually. That’s why the New Jersey State Police went back to the ‘60s to inspire a new fleet of vehicles.
Ten ‘retro’ cruisers hit the streets last week to commemorate the agency’s centennial anniversary. The classic black and white paint job is back and so is the single, cherry top emergency light. According to NJSP, the look is inspired by troop cars used in the 1960s. The Fords are also decaled with an old agency logo on the doors and the number ‘100’ on the roof.
Though the cars may look vintage on the outside, on the inside troopers have 21st-century upgrades.
“We have new body-worn camera systems that are linked to the car’s microphone, so we don’t have so many different types of equipment,” Trooper Ryker Toscano told News 12.
Police officials say drivers can expect to see the fleet out on regular patrol.
“We would like motorists to be aware that the black and white vehicles, though nostalgic in appearance, are actual patrol vehicles,” the agency warned.
State Police Unveil Retrofitted Patrol Vehicles— NJSP - State Police (@NJSP) March 13, 2021
Yesterday, Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Mottley and Major Robert Linden joined troopers from the Tactical Patrol Unit to unveil a fleet of 10 vehicles to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the New Jersey State Police. pic.twitter.com/DHiPUjopI3