At an 11 AM press conference in the media room of Houston Police Dept Headquarters Tue Mar 12, Houston Police Chief Charles McClellan welcomed Mario Williams, (now a defensive end for the Buffalo Bills, and formerly the first round draft choice of the Houston Texans), to announce Williams' gift of 5 new high-performance 2013 Dodge Chargers to the Traffic Enforcement Division of the Houston Police Department. The vehicles are designed for rapid acceleration needed to intervene in high-speed enforcement efforts to stop dangerous drivers on the highways.
Although Williams now plays for the Buffalo Bills, he says he still has a great affection for Houston and tremendous respect for the work of the HPD. This is his not his first donation. In November 2011 he donated 5 Camaros to the HPD.
Chief McClellan explained that the high cost of the vehicles and budget constraints were prohibitive for the HPD. In gratitude, he presented Williams with a certificate of appreciation and an honorary Police Chief badge identical to his own, the highest honor the HPD bestows on a civilian.
The press conference continued outside where the new vehicles were on display with one of the Camaros. Chief McClleland and Williams test-drove vehicles for the press. The chief stressed stated again that the new high-performance cars were intended for use in high-speed interventions to stop dangerous drivers.
The new Dodge Chargers are black with black lettering so they appear unmarked at a distance. But the lettering appears bright white in letters in digital photos taken with laser sensors. The five Camaros were white with white lettering. HPD officers nickname the white vehicles “ghosts” and the black ones “fantoms” or “zombies.”