The Grove Police Department is changing the look of its front line patrol cars to a more traditional black and white over the next six months, according to Police Chief Mark Morris.

“Black and white is the traditional color for police cars. The new paint is modern in a traditional way,” Morris said.

So far one patrol car has been painted, and Morris said he expects the rest of the fleet to be finished within six months.

“All the work is being done in house,” he said. “This saves the city a tremendous amount of money.”

He said the cost for each new paint job is $700 to $800 per unit, as opposed to a cost of around $5,000 if the painting was done by an outside source.

City of Grove Vehicle Maintenance Specialist Matt Smith, who is in charge of the paint jobs, said it takes about 100 hours for each vehicle.

“We’re very proud of the work Matt did,” Morris said.

He said the new look makes officers more visible to the public.

“We hope this improved visibility will serve as an added deterrent to criminal activity,” Morris explained.

He said the department will be adding four new Chargers to the fleet in December.