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Zephyrhills' cruisers sporting a new look

Special correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 05:46 AM
ZEPHYRHILLS -

When Zephyrhills Police Department Lt. Derek Brewer looked at the logos and stripes and decals that had been used for decades on the department's Crown Victoria cruisers, he knew it just didn't look right.

The lines of the new cars didn't work with the old logos and stripes. Officer Jeremy Hershelman agreed.

The department no longer could rely on the Crown Victoria because Ford stopped making them. The new cars entering the fleet are Dodge Chargers. Different car, different lines.

Police Chief David Shears agreed that it was time for a change.

So Hershelman and Brewer got to work. They came up with a design that fits the new car's body style, is uncluttered and clearly identifies the cars as belonging to Zephyrhills.

Shears likes the design. "It's still professional and not too busy," he said. "I think it's unique and professional, and we went back to all blue light bars, which is how it used to be here in Zephyrhills."

There are three new Chargers in the city's police fleet, which gets three or four new cars a year.

That means there are 15 of the Crown Victorias in the old red, white and blue.

At the current rate of replacement, it will be five years before the fleet is all Chargers.

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