The Tuscaloosa Police Department recently unveiled its new sleek black design for patrol vehicles as it begins phasing out its older design.

The new black and blue design will be slowly phased in the coming months. As of right now, four trucks have been remodeled to be used by K9 officers, although three are still being fitted with lights and equipment, so it'll be a little bit longer before anyone sees these new designs out on the street.

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"The red and gold logo has been used as long as I can remember, so at least the 90s," a spokesperson with TPD said. "We thought it was time for a more updated look. The black was pretty much a consensus, and silver or gray lettering was very popular."

(Photo Courtesy of the Tuscaloosa Police Department)
Photo courtesy of the Tuscaloosa Police Department

This new design comes at no additional cost, as no new vehicles are being bought.

The patrol vehicles will remain in operation until they're deemed no longer safe to drive.

"The blue stripe is there to make sure these are very clearly police vehicles – we're not trying to be sneaky," the spokesperson joked. "We have plenty of other vehicles for that."

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