The Saugerties Police Department has a brand new police car. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the efforts behind the department's newest initiative.
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- “I said, ‘Ya know, someday I’m going to own my own car like that,’” said Chief Joseph Sinagra. “I really just wanted to have one I thought it would be kind of a novel thing and something really cool to do.”
It’s a typical day for Chief Sinagra, but a not so typical car for the department.
“It’s a beautiful car,” said Burk Bartells. “That’s the way to do things. Take something that’s old and make it new.”
The refurbished 1962 Ford Fairlane was transformed into black and white police car complete with lights, sirens and radar units. It event sports the latest methods of communication.
“It’s kind of neat when you’re out there driving around in the vehicle and it’s from that time era and people see it and they look at it and they watch it and as soon as I park by the curb and I get out and I'm in uniform they come rushing right over and game is on,” said Sinagra.
It’s creating quite the buzz throughout Saugerties.
“I think it’s cool. It’s fun. I think the Chief’s on the right track as far as becoming approachable to people,” said Mike Flanigan.
“It’s very cool,” said Abraham Argueta. “Everybody takes a look at it and everybody likes it.”
The vintage car and all of its technology was collected and purchased by the Chief. Although it doesn’t patrol the streets every day, the Chief says it’s a head turner for all ages.
“Regardless if you’re young or old, it’s a great conversational piece and it’s a great way to engage the public,” said Sinagra.