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Victoria police cars to get new look (Video)

By By Caty Hirst - CHIRST@VICAD.COM
Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:13 p.m.

The Victoria Police Department is phasing in a new look for the patrol cars, making them black and white and changing the font. Police Chief J.J. Craig hopes the new design will make police more visible in the community.

After a year of research, discussions and departmentwide voting, the Victoria Police Department patrol car is getting a new look.

The officers in the department voted on about 50 different graphic designs, finally deciding on the traditional black and white colors and a modern font, Patrol Capt. Kevin Sanderson said.

The new design will hopefully deter crime because the cars are easy to identify, Police Chief J.J. Craig said.

"I'm a traditionalist -- black and white represents law enforcement," Craig said. "I think they are highly visible, more than the white cars are."

Traffic Safety Officer David Brogger is driving the only patrol car with the new paint job because the old cars are being phased out out as they need to be replaced.

"People have told me it is very professional looking, and several people have stopped to take pictures of it," Brogger said.

Brogger added the winning design is the one he voted for.

A Chevrolet Tahoe K-9 unit with the new design is also on the road. The force expects about 13 cars with the new look to be on the road by summer, Sanderson said.

All 32 marked police cars in the department should have the new look within three to four years, he said.

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