---- — ANDOVER — When Chief Michael Del Greco of Merrimack College Police Services needed an update on his cruisers, he looked no further than Greater Lawrence Technical School.
According to Del Greco, the cars are “turned over” every few years to ensure optimal efficiency and safety. He also noted that there has been a push across the nation for law enforcement to return to the retro black and white paint, making police cars recognizable to the public. Del Greco was also going for that look.
Merrimack College has three marked cruisers which are about five years old. A few months ago, Del Greco and Major Thomas Murphy of MC Police Services discussed getting the project done at GLTS and met with Auto Collision Lead Instructor Tom Hatem about upgrading the cruisers’ look. GLTS offers a full service auto body shop and has students do the work.
“The students enjoyed working on them,” said Hatem. “We’re appreciative that he trusted us.”
Hatem said the cars came to him in April. The students taped them up and sanded them down. The prep work continued with removal of a few small dents and then the striping was removed. The cars then went into the school’s paint booth before they were refinished.
The cars were worked on by GLTS juniors and seniors and took about one week to complete. Following work at GLTS, they were taken to an outside company for striping.
“They did a really great job,” said Del Greco.
Del Greco and Murphy returned to GLTS to thank the students and their instructors. As part of the celebration, Del Greco presented students with police service arm patches and Merrimack College hats. A group photo was then taken with the cruisers, proudly displaying the expert job that had been completed.