By Jennifer Hoegg
Spiffy new police cars have won the Kentville Police Service national recognition.
Blue Line Magazine named the force’s new car design second best dressed police vehicles in Canada in its January 2012 issue.
“This was one of our favourite colour schemes,” the magazine said of the black and white Charger. “The ‘punch-out’ of a maple leaf on a rear quarter panel and the good use of drop shadows” were praised as unique features and the car’s red and blue accents were also noted.
“From certain angles they add a bit of an Italian exotic flavour,” the magazine said.
Kentville was second to Miramichi, N.B., and just ahead of Morden, Man., on the best dressed list.
Kentville’s two new cars arrived in the fall and a third will be purchased when the force’s older vehicle is retired. There is a fourth marked car for community policing. According to Chief Mark Mander, the new cars cost about $38,000. Everyone had input into the design, he said, which was guided by Auto Trim in Centreville.
“We’re very pleased with the award,” Mander said. “It shows if everyone puts their heads together, we can succeed.”
Mander said the cars have a retro look, fitting for the town’s 125 anniversary year, but they have a very 21st century feature: on the back of the car, a QR code can direct smart phone users to the police website.