The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) is transitioning from white to black patrol vehicles over the course of the next 4-5 years. “Black vehicles will enhance the safety of the motoring public as well our officers, because they are easier to see during white-out conditions,” said NDHP Colonel Mike Gerhart.
The prototype, currently in the Jamestown area, is a white Dodge charger wrapped in black with reflective NDHP decals and lettering. Forty new black vehicles are on order and will be integrated into the fleet beginning January, 2018. It will take 4-5 years for the full transition according to Capt. Aaron Hummel, NDHP Administrative Services Division Commander. He said, “The first North Dakota Highway Patrol cars in 1935 were black and we are going back to our roots.”
Since then, patrol cars have been many colors, including gray, silver, gold, maroon, and brown, to name a few. The brown vehicles transitioned to white in the late-1980s and early 1990s. The NDHP fleet is comprised of 175 patrol vehicles according to Major Brandon Solberg, NDHP Chief of Staff. Solberg noted “We believe there is a potential for higher resale value at auction for the black vehicles versus the white vehicles, which could save taxpayer dollars.”