The NYPD’s new police car design is a complete reversal of its classic old cruiser.
Big Apple cops will soon take to the streets in new high-tech SUVs with 360-degree cameras and flashy racing-style green stripes, the city’s top cop said Wednesday.
“The NYPD RMP is iconic,” said Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell at the annual State of the NYPD speech at Cipriani’s in Midtown, referring to the department’s so-called Radio Motor Patrol Vehicles.
The NYPD’s signature white-and-blue rides have made many cameos in movies and TV shows, she said — “But even icons need updating and changing every now and then.”
The cops’ new whips will feature scannable QR codes on their exterior “to improve customer service,” along with state-of-the-art camera systems “to increase the safety of our officers,” she said.
The newly refurbished rides are expected to hit the market in early 2024 as the NYPD gradually retires its fleet of aging sedans.
“We are currently evaluating potential design changes,” Sewell said.
The cars will feature three racing-style green stripes near the vehicle’s rear wheel, as well as stars near the front wheel, inspired by the NYPD’s more than 100-year-old flag.
This includes revised interiors “for a more efficient and comfortable working environment for all officers,” Sewell said.
Sewell later tweeted: “With a new look on the outside and a more comfortable feel on the inside, this potential new design for our fleet incorporates input from our members while representing the traditions of the police department.”
The term RMP was coined in the 1930s when radios were first fitted to marked police cars.
It wasn’t immediately clear how many of the vehicles the department will get or how much they will cost.
https://nypost.com/2023/01/25/nypd-will-get-high-tech-new-cop-cars-with-green-racing-stripes-360-degree-cameras/ NYPD gets new cars with green racing stripes, 360 cameras