What’s old is new again as the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is changing the color scheme of its cruisers to retro black and white.
The color change is part of a trend across the East Valley that has law enforcement agencies such as Tempe and Mesa reverting back to the classic look. Officials say it increases visibility.
“This will increase the visual impact when a patrol car drives by,” said Pinal County sheriff’s Patrol Bureau Commander Jeff Karns. “People will remember seeing it, especially in rural areas where we haven’t had the black and whites before.”
The county’s Fleet Maintenance Department is painting the patrol cars from plain-Jane white to the two-tone design. They plan to start with about 50 patrol cars.
The makeover also includes a new department decal design and safety equipment.
Fleet maintenance director Rey Flores said the cars will be painted to look similar to Los Angeles Police Department vehicles.
Karns said a committee within the sheriff’s office discussed options for a new look for several months.
“Overwhelmingly the department was for going to black and whites,” he said. “I was a big proponent of the black-and-white design, and the graphics that came out of the committee matched well.”
In addition to the fresh coat of paint and the new decal, the patrol cars will also be outfitted with new LED emergency lights, window-frame guards, reinforced door panels in the passenger section and a new fire suppression system.
Pinal County is also adding a 48-passenger inmate transport bus to its fleet to transport federal inmates.