Kingston Police begin rollout of newly designed fleet vehicles

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2024, at 1:43 p.m. Please see bottom of article for most recently updated information.

Kingston Police have announced a new vehicle design as part of the organization “continues to modernize.”

Today, Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2024, Kingston Police unveiled the new design to the public. According to a release from police, members of the Patrol section brought the matter forward to Senior Command outlining that the current design required updating, and that a new, more visible design would benefit the organization. 

“Our Patrol members came forward with an idea and the organization listened,” said Kingston Police Chief Scott Fraser. “The new look will modernize our fleet and offer increased visibility which will lead to improved safety. Thank you to our staff for bringing this new look forward”.

According to the release, the new design will modernize the look of not only frontline cruisers, but other Kingston Police fleet vehicles as well.

This new design is reportedly intended to increase visibility and improve safety for frontline officers. Several of the new vehicles being deployed are larger in stature with a focus on ergonomics and comfort for frontline officers who use these cruisers as their day-to-day mobile workstations, the police explained.

Kingston Police said this new design focuses on a simpler and bolder black-on-white combination to maximize cruiser — and other fleet vehicles — visibility on Kingston roadways.

Court Services vehicles, which are used by Kingston Police Special Constables for various court-related responsibilities, will be clearly identifiable with “Court Services” being displayed on the side of the new vehicles, replacing the standard “Police” lettering, Kingston Police detailed.

According to the release, the new design will be rolled out through natural attrition within the organization, with the vehicle graphics changing as vehicles are replaced on their regular replacement schedule once they reach their end-of-service life.

“It is anticipated that this transition will take a few years to replace the entire fleet. In the meantime, members of the community can expect to see a combination of cruisers with the newly designed graphics, as well as ones with the older design that are being phased out, for the foreseeable future,” Kingston Police explained.

The first cruisers bearing the new design will reportedly be deployed in Kingston in the coming days.

Kingstonist inquired with Kingston Police as to the total cost for the redesign and changing the design of the fleet vehicles, as well as when the last redesign of the Force’s vehicles took place. While Kingston Police were not able to respond immediately, Kingstonist files indicate the most recent design change occurred in 2016, with the new design rolled out from 2016 to 2020.

This article will be updated if/when more information from Kingston Police becomes available.

Update (Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2024, at 1:35 p.m.):
According to Kingston Police, the new redesign of the Force’s vehicles has no associated costs, as it will be phased in over many years.

In response to Kingstonist inquiries regarding the costs associated with the new redesign of the Kingston Police fleet of vehicles, Constable Anthony Colangeli, a Media Relations Officer with Kingston Police, explained those costs are nil.

“There is no added cost as they will be phased in over time through attrition,” Colangeli said.

“Any new cars we received will be black and white, none of the older cars are being retro fitted.”

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article indicated that the most recent Kingston Police vehicle design change occurred around 2019, however, further research determined that change occurred around 2016 and the article was updated accordingly.

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