LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette Police Department's newest vehicles are ready to hit the road. As News 18 previously reported, LPD recently received its new fleet of unwrapped patrol cars.
News 18 spent the day over at the shop to see how these cars are transformed into offices for the officers.
"Most people see it and think it's a Ford Explorer," said CEO of Move Over Outfitters Kent Wainscott. But, it's actually a Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle.
This is the first time LPD has let Move Over Outfitters furnish its cars completely.
"It just worked out that we had an opportunity because of the amount of cars they were going to be building and it's been a pretty good relationship so far," said Wainscott.
So far the new fleet includes more than 20 vehicles. Sixteen of the utility SUVs are for patrol officers, four are unmarked for sergeants and three are for administrative purposes.
"This vehicle really becomes, truly, the office for the patrolman while he's at work," said Lafayette Police Deputy Chief Brad Bishop. "There are so many different things that weren't in the police car 20 years ago but they are now. Things like cameras, computers, radar, everything they need to do the job is in this car now."
When LPD first got the vehicles, each car was bare with no decals, equipment and no center console. But after two weeks at Move Over Outfitters, they are now ready to go. Everything is in a patrol car from cameras, to lights to sounds.
"We're trying to make this vehicle do as much for the officer as we can so the officer doesn't have to be thinking about all the buttons, knobs and dials," said Wainscott. "They can be going to their important call, their equipment works and when they arrive it does what it's supposed to do."
The vehicles come a with new design that, according to the deputy chief, they haven't had in more than 20 years.
"We hope the public really likes the new design," said Bishop. "Obviously we want to give the officers the best tool they can have to provide the best possible service to the citizens of the city."
You can see these new police cars on the roads now.