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Photo gallery: Life on the highway
Advancements in vehicles
The operative word in Wisconsin State Patrol is "patrol." The earliest officers used their own vehicles but were supplied with a siren, door shield, flashing lights and a police license plate. They were reimbursed for gasoline, oil and lubricants. The state did not begin buying patrol vehicles for officers until the 1950s. In its 75 year history, officers have patrolled Wisconsin roadways in a variety of vehicle makes and models. Today, the State Patrol chooses its vehicles based on their performance, safety, reliability, and fuel economy.
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