(Lancaster, SC) – The Lancaster Police Department has launched a dedicated Traffic Unit that operates a fully marked pursuit rated Dodge Durango. The unit is funded by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Target Zero grant, which covers the costs of the vehicle, equipment, and officers salary assigned to the program. In exchange, the agency must track and report key metrics back to the State of South Carolina showing how the unit is being operated. This includes both enforcement initiatives such as check points and traffic stops, as well as engagement within the community such as presentations to local groups and schools.
At first glance you’ll instantly notice that this specific cruiser is significantly different from past units of the Lancaster Police Department. Until recently, the agency has historically always operated black cruisers. At the time that this unit was unveiled, the agency had just transitioned to Dodge’s Destroyer Grey paint code with it’s current graphics package, and the addition of a matte black hood wrap emblazoned with the agency’s badge. The new look is striking, ensuring both a striking and authoritative look allowing these units to stand out.
As part of the transition on its appearance package, this new Traffic Unit also features an overhauled equipment package to allow the officer to effectively work in a variety of scenarios. Specifically, a brand new Federal Signal lighting package providing 360 degree visibility. This new package is a step-up from the previous Whelen package the agency operated, and features dual color modules providing a forward facing flood mode feature for night operations, amber directionals for enhanced visibility from the rear, and multiple steady burn options when the vehicle is in cruise mode.