New, enhanced LRPD patrol cars hit streets

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - New dark and menacing patrol cars for the Little Rock Police Department have hit the streets as part of the department spending some of its money allocated by this year's sales tax hike.

"The new ones are totally different from what we've had in the past," said Sgt. Cassandra Davis with LRPD.

The $815,000 36-car fleet is almost entirely done with its rollout of new 2012 Dodge Chargers.

Along with their sleek exteriors, the vehicles are jam-packed with state of the art equipment. Mobile radars, body heat sensors, and state-of-the-art computers are readily available for officers. Also, the cars include license plate readers that are fully functional while the cars are moving, and high definition cameras.

"In the older cars sometimes the camera would go down or the mic would go down," said Davis. "With the new equipment, the likelihood of that is decreased."

Officers have already expressed excitement over the design and V-8 Hemi engine.

"It does draw a lot of attention because of the way it looks but that's not the purpose, to scare anybody," said Davis.