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Toronto police stop rollout of new car design after city council steps in

Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders is photographed at police headquarters in Toronto on May 26, 2015.

Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail

Toronto's chief of police has stopped the rollout of redesigned grey police cars after city council asked the force to keep its old white, red and blue design.

Coun. Michael Thompson brought the issue to council because he said residents were concerned about the "militaristic" look of the squad cars.

On Thursday, council passed Thompson's motion calling on police to halt the purchase and distribution of the cars.

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The new cars started rolling out earlier this year, and were to be phased in over the next few years.

They have a grey body with grey and white text, deviating from the traditional white, red and blue style.

Chief Mark Saunders made the announcement that he has decided to stop phasing in the new cars in a news release sent out Thursday afternoon.

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