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Wilmington Police cruisers get new look approved


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY-TV)-- Wilmington police cruisers will be getting a new look.

The decision was made at tonight’s City Council meeting but not without scaring up some controversy.

When the new design was unveiled at yesterday’s city council agenda briefing Council Member Laura Padgett said it was too intimidating.

Though it passed tonight she still wasn't exactly thrilled.

The new police cars will go from the older style white cars to a sleeker more modern style.

Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says the new style was decided on by a majority of the department, and represents a classic look. Black and white as opposed to what the department currently has. Adding that the new design shows up better at night. Padgett says the new cars are fine but takes issue with the process.

“Well I think they are a little bit (intimidating),” said Padgett, “It is a major change from the way they look now. “

“No I don't find them intimidating,” said Chief Evangelous, “I think they're somewhat nostalgic traditional but with a modern flair to them.”

In total the department will be getting 22 new cruisers.

The cars will cost more than $500 thousand dollars to taxpayers.

Padgett making the point that she can live with the cars but because the cars technically belong to the taxpayers she thought city council should have had more say in the new design.

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