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New color scheme for Lower Swatara police vehicles; uniform change planned

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 2/19/20

If you drive through Lower Swatara Township, you might see three new gray and black police cars.

One of the newly restriped cars has been on the road since mid-January, but the other two, which …

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New color scheme for Lower Swatara police vehicles; uniform change planned

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If you drive through Lower Swatara Township, you might see three new gray and black police cars.

One of the newly restriped cars has been on the road since mid-January, but the other two, which the township commissioners voted to purchase in the fall, arrived Thursday.

“We’re very pleased with them,” said Lower Swatara Police Chief Jeff Vargo, adding that the staff of Global Public Safety, a township business that worked on the cars, did a good job.

He previously told the Press & Journal that the new color of the police vehicles is part of an effort to rebrand the department.

Other planned changes include new gray and black uniforms for the officers.

The two new cars are 2020 Ford Police Interceptors and were purchased for about $90,000 total.

In the fall, Vargo told the commissioners that he planned to replace all of the department’s vehicles with the same make and model so the department could transfer equipment between vehicles.

At that time, he said he had a long-term replacement schedule, which called for purchasing two new vehicles a year over three years and that may decrease to one vehicle in year four and five.