The vehicle with the "Ready for the Road" package cost about $26,000. The department then added a little more than $6,000 worth of equipment to the vehicle.
One of the new items included in these vehicles is the WatchGuard digital video system.
The dash-camera makes high-definition recording outside and inside the vehicle. The video is recorded and stored on a thumb drive in the cruiser's trunk, which would be retrievable even in the event of a crash. The system also transmits the video wirelessly to supervisors when the officer returns to the station.
Other add-ons included the "top of the line" Whelen light bar and in-car controls, which were purchased on state contract, the mounted laptop computer and the analog and digital radio systems, Malone said. Those items all were installed on the center console.
He said he spoke to various officers to get an idea of how they wanted the new cruisers to look.
"They all wanted a change from the white," Malone said. "They came back with different colors but several officers said they liked silver."
The vehicles are dark silver with blue and black striping. Malone said Balance, a clothing company on Crescent Road that also does vinyl wraps for vehicles, came in with the lowest bid for the work. It was about $450 to stripe each vehicle.
"Ninety-nine percent of them (the officers) like it," Malone said. "They're happy and a few of them have thanked me."
The cars would have been on the road sooner had it not been for the June 29 windstorm that caused heavy damage around the city, Malone said. The city workers who keep the police department's fleet up to speed were tied up with storm clean up and repairs.
He said it takes two to three days to install equipment and stripe each vehicle.
City Council buys new police cars every year. The department will request 12 more cruisers and five administrative vehicles for detectives next year, he said.
Patrol cars are used only for two years before being transferred to other divisions, Malone said. The Crown Victorias being shifted from patrol will likely go to Community Services or Traffic divisions.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.