WASHINGTON — Some local men and women in blue are now riding in pink.
The Manassas Park police department has unveiled a pink Ford Interceptor for the third year of what it calls “Code Pink.” The effort is meant to raise awareness about breast cancer during the month of October.
The first “Code Pink” campaign started when the department had a couple dealing with breast cancer in their immediate family. Officers took an old cruiser, painted it pink and have repeated the effort every year since.
The decals, emergency equipment and radio console are all pink but everything else about the car is the same as the rest of the department’s fleet. The “Code Pink” car can even be used to fight crime if needed. “It’s fully outfitted with lights and sirens,” Manassas Park police officer William Quesenberry told WTOP
The department says it’s had several requests to bring the cruiser to events across Northern Virginia, and the car gets attention everywhere it goes.
“Every different stoplight, every major thoroughfare, a lot of people were giving it a double look,” Quesenberry says. People wonder, “Is that, in fact, a police car, or is that an advertising company making something that looks like a police car?”
The car is definitely the real deal, just jazzed up to remind the public about breast cancer in local communities.
When the campaign is over, the car will be get new decals to fit in with the rest of the fleet.