Photo Gallery | Lott unveils new vehicles for sheriff's department
The Crown Victoria - a symbol of police presence in neighborhoods for many years - has been phased out by Ford. As the vehicles age, departments across the United States are being forced to choose new vehicles.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced Friday citizens will begin seeing new cruisers on the road with a new color scheme.
Lott introduced the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan in all black during a news conference at department headquarters. Lott said he decided on the new color scheme to save money which will be used for essential equipment inside the car.
As the Crown Victoria vehicles become unserviceable, they will be replaced with the new Interceptor Sedan.
The sheriff said he is trying to provide the best equipment and technology to prevent and fight crime, while "being a good steward of the taxpayers’ money."