TOPEKA -- In honor of our 75th anniversary, today the Kansas Highway Patrol issued 14 anniversary cars to road troopers across the state. These Ford Crown Victorias have two distinct features of KHP patrol cars past, giving them a retro feel—a blue and gray color scheme, and the red cherry beacon on top.
“We are an agency who is proud of our traditions, and proud of the rich history that has paved the way for those of us on the Kansas Highway Patrol now,” said Captain Scott Harrington, Commander of KHP’s Fleet Operations. “The blue and gray signifies a profound period in our history, and with it being our 75th anniversary year, there could not be a more perfect time to commemorate such a significant milestone.”
Two of the blue and gray cars will be issued per field troop, to cover the state of Kansas. Troopers issued these cars will continue their normal road patrol duties, in addition to attending community events.
“Seventy-five years of Service, Courtesy, and Protection is no small feat. Our troopers and other officers take great pride in their vehicles, and we ask the public to join the Kansas Highway Patrol in celebrating 75 years of service,” Colonel Ernest E. Garcia, Superintendent of the Patrol said. “We’ve heard from many troopers, past and present, as well as the public, of their love for KHP’s old blue and grays, and we hope these vehicles will be embraced by all, as they are something we are very proud of.”
Another special aspect of these vehicles is that they are some of the last Ford Crown Victorias ever manufactured. The Crown Vic has been a staple in the law enforcement world, and with Ford ceasing production of the Crown Victoria, agencies across the U.S. will be looking at various models of cars to incorporate into their fleets.
It is important to remind motorists that these blue and gray cars will function as any other law enforcement vehicle. Troopers in these cars will still initiate a traffic stop for those motorists violating Kansas laws. The Move Over law also applies to these vehicles.