mardi 21 février 2023

The colors of the NYPD vehicles mostly illustrated in 1/87 scale - English Version

 

The colors of the NYPD vehicles
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New York City Police Car in 1928

The first New York City Police cars were deployed in 1919 and were black until the late 1920s.

 

NYPD crew in a MACK truck in 1930

In the 1930s, the cars became black and green. In 1938, a white roof is adopted.

 

Ford Deluxe coupe of 1940 in 1/18 of the brand GREENLIGHT

After the Second World War, the police cars of the City of New York were green and white.

 

Ford of 1949 in 1/18 of the brand GREENLIGHT

These colors echo the colors of the NYPD flag first flown on May 17, 1919, during the Annual Police Parade in honor of NYPD veterans of World War I.

 

NYPD Flag

A little history with this flag: it is modeled after the flag of the United States: the five white and green bars represent the boroughs of New York City and the 24 stars represent the cities, towns and villages that were incorporated into New York City in 1898.

The green color celebrates the history of law enforcement in New York City and dates back to 1658. At that time, the New Amsterdam Watchmen, the first police force paid by the city, carried lanterns with green glass.
 
Video of the NYPD flag story

 

Ford CUSTOM 300 in 1/43 of the brand GREENLIGHT

During several decades, these cars of Police force will patrol in the streets of New York.

 

Here is a Ford Custom 300 of the New York City Police restored.

 

1970 Ford Galaxie of the NYC POLICE in 1/43 of the brand GOLDVARG

The Staff of the Police force of the NYC POLICE ordered various models of the big American cars.

 

Here are two Chevrolet BYSCAINE of the NYC POLICE in 1966

 

1974 Buick Century of the NYC Police in 1/43 of the brand GOLDVARG

It is in 1973, that is adopted a new serigraphy. They become entirely blue with a white band, with the indication POLICE on the white band and the blazon of the Police force of New York on the door.
 

NYC POLICE Pontiac on a New York street in 1974

The change from the green and white cars took only a few months.

 

1987 Chevrolet CAPRICE of the NYC POLICE in 1/87 of the BREKINA brand

These cars will become popular as more and more American crime movies and TV crime shows will be set in the 70's-80's and 90's on the streets of New York.

 

A NYC POLICE Chrysler in the streets of New York

They will become one of the symbols of New York City, in addition to its skyscrapers and its Statue of Liberty.

 

Ford LTD Crown Victoria of the NYC POLICE in 1/18 scale by GREENLIGHT

We will also see some station wagons among the patrol cars.

 

Ford LTD Crown Victoria of the NYC POLICE in 1/18 of the brand GREENLIGHT

These carrying dogs or first response road equipment.

 

NYC POLICE 1/87 Chevrolet CAPRICE by BUSCH

At the beginning of the 90s, it is the Chevrolet CAPRICE model which is retained for the patrol cars

 

Chevrolet CAPRICE of the NYC POLICE in the 90s

Soon, this model of car composes the major part of the patrol cars of the New York City POLICE.

 

Chevrolet CAPRICE of the NYC POLICE in 1/87 of the BUSCH brand

In the middle of the 90's major changes in the appearance of the New York City Police Department were decided and the NYC POLICE was renamed to NYPD.

 

Chevrolet CAPRICE of the NYPD at the end of the 90s

We will see on the last orders of Chevrolet CAPRICE with the old color the new name: NYPD.

 

Ford CROWN VICTORIA of the NYPD in 1/87 of the BUSCH brand

During these new decisions of improvement, it is in 1996, that is decided to change the color of the future cars of patrol of the Police force of New York which will patrol in the streets of the Big Apple.

 

Ford CROWN VICTORIA of the NYPD in 2008

The choice is a white car with a blue stripe. The term "NYC POLICE" with the coat of arms on the doors is replaced by "NYPD". Indeed, at that time, FORD Crown Victoria replaced the CHEVROLET Caprice because the brand had stopped the production of this model.
 

Ford CROWN VICTORIA of the NYPD in 1/87 of the BUSCH brand

They were progressively introduced by sector and by district between 1997 and 2000 in order not to create confusion for the population with Police cars.

 

Several 1/87 Dodge CHARGER of 2005 from RICKO

The choice of this new white color with blue stripe is in line with the latest changes in the appearance of the New York Police Department at the time, with the police officers who had abandoned their light blue shirts for dark blue shirts, as well as 9 millimeter handguns, but also for economic reasons decided by the NYPD staff.

 

Dodge CHARGER of 2005 in 1/87 of the brand RICKO

First economic reason: A saving estimated at the time, in 1996, at 1 million dollars per year during the renewal of the vehicles. Indeed, the price of the blue color NYC POLICE was 800 dollars of the time by car. The white color is that of the manufacturer, a light blue line is placed along the body, and, on the doors, the initials of the NYPD also blue.

 


2005 Dodge CHARGER in 1/87 from RICKO

Second economic reason: with a lighter color, the air conditioning will cost less because of the solar radiation in summer on a white car than with another color which can cause more heat...

 

Dodge CHARGER of the NYPD

Third reason: the other police departments of the other American cities of the time used white cars in the same logic of choice of the NYPD: an economy with a neutral color and thus a homogenization of the American police cars.

 

2015 Ford Interceptor of the NYPD in 1/18 scale of the brand GREENLIGHT

We can see since the mid-2010s, that the choice of the latest NYPD patrol cars are 4X4.

 

2016 Ford PIU of the NYPD

Many American cities have chosen this type of vehicle for its tactical carry, for its strength, as well as for having a dissuasive look.

 

1/87 Ford Expedition from RIVER POINT

The average service life of an NYPD patrol car varies between 25 and 36 months.

Currently, the NYPD's fleet of police cars consists of more than 9,600 vehicles. It also has 11 boats, 8 helicopters, and numerous trucks used for vehicle and human rescue.

SMART of the " Parking Enforcement " of the NYPD - 1/87 BUSCH Brand

SMART models can also be seen on the streets of New York.

 

SMART of the " Parking Enforcement " of the NYPD

Indeed, these models are very practical to park without disturbing the traffic and depend on the Service of the " Parking Enforcement " in charge of the fines on the public road and the displacements.

  

New NYPD silk-screening

In January 2023, the new design of the NYPD's police cars that go into service in 2024 was presented.


New NYPD silk-screening

They are hybrid and equipped with cameras for 360-degree filming.

 

New NYPD silk-screening

They also have a scannable QR code on the outside for the Population. 


New NYPD silk-screening

They have three flashy green stripes near the rear wheel of the vehicle and stars near the front wheel, inspired by the NYPD flag.


New NYPD silk-screening

At the rear, it features the same equipment as other NYPD cars, with an information ramp.


Video on the Presentation of this new choice of colors

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