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Police department’s 8 new patrol cars feature updated insignia

The police department's new patrol car insignia, front, replaces the former phoenix logo with a badge and includes more space for the word "police." The new insignia will be on the eight patrol cars added to the police's fleet this year.

The police department's new patrol car insignia, front, replaces the former phoenix logo with a badge and includes more space for the word "police." The new insignia will be on the eight patrol cars added to the police's fleet this year.

June 7, 2011

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The police department's new patrol car insignia, front, replaces the former phoenix logo with a badge and includes more space for the word "police." The new insignia will be on the eight patrol cars added to the police's fleet this year.

The police department's new patrol car insignia, front, replaces the former phoenix logo with a badge and includes more space for the word "police." The new insignia will be on the eight patrol cars added to the police's fleet this year.

Lawrence Police cars to feature new design

Lawrence police officers have come up with a new design for all new patrol vehicles the department purchases in the future. Enlarge video

The eight new patrol cars joining the Lawrence Police Department’s fleet this year will have a new look.

The insignia on the side of the vehicles will now include a gold badge that replaces the logo that depicts a phoenix, and “Police” is in a new font on the side covering two doors instead of one.

“The new graphics are brought about totally by officers,” said public affairs Sgt. Matt Sarna. “They thought it might be nice to have a change from what we’ve had and get updated into the kind of current police cars people are driving now.”

Sarna said several patrol officers cooperated with Chief Tarik Khatib over four months on the design by Marilyn Vanderweide, a senior graphics specialist at Luminous Neon Art and Sign Systems of Lawrence.

As part of this year’s budget, the department was authorized to replace eight patrol vehicles with new ones. Khatib said the cars cost about $21,000 apiece and about the same amount to equip them.

The older cars in the patrol fleet won’t get the new insignia until they are replaced with new cars in the future, so it will take several years to completely switch to the new design, Sarna said. Ford Motor Company is also phasing out production of the Crown Victoria as a police cruiser, so the department is still examining options for other future vehicle purchases, he said.

Also part of the new design, 911 moved from the back of the patrol vehicle to the rear fender on each side, and the department’s website, lawrenceks.org/police, is now listed on the back bumper.

Sarna said the gold badge on the side of the vehicle will make it easier for the public to recognize the car as a police vehicle compared with other city vehicles.

Comments

DillonBarnes 3 years, 6 months ago

So I had many thoughts going through my head reading this article;

"I've always liked the current Lawrence police insignia"

"This new one is too bland"

"Did they really need to hire a graphic designer to put a badge and the word police on a car?"

But, when I got to this sentence, "Sarna said the gold badge on the side of the vehicle will make it easier for the public to recognize the car as a police vehicle compared with other city vehicles." Well, I don't know what to say about that. Does that flashing light on the top of the vehicle maybe kind of possibly give you an indication if the vehicle is a police car?

duckedtapedemon 3 years, 6 months ago

For that manner, its a Crown Vic. The only other thing it could be is a Taxi, or an old man.

DillonBarnes 3 years, 6 months ago

It was a joke.

I know a lot of the city cars are crown vics, but how is this decal really going to make any difference?

blindrabbit 3 years, 6 months ago

There is an overabundance of idle police cars in Lawrence; drive by the parking lot on the south side of the Judicial Center if you have doubts. What is the ratio of cars to officers; my guess is that it out-of-line. Appreciate any comments on this!

somebodynew 3 years, 6 months ago

Could they be telling the truth and they don't have enough officers?? Not trying to be a s***s, but you do have to have bodies to operate the cars. Plus they have to have some spares for changing shifts, overtime holdover calls, and the inevitable breakdowns that all cars experience. Could be a combination of those.

somebodynew 3 years, 6 months ago

Welcome to world of low budget and gettig every dollar you can from it.

Adrienne Sanders 3 years, 6 months ago

I was over in South Park a while back and saw one cop jumpstarting another cop's car (both cars were patrol cars). That doesn't really scream "excess of good cars" to me, either. Although, maybe someone just left the lights on. ;)

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 6 months ago

When will the police department spend some money on wearable cameras for every officer?

The VIEVU PVR-LE2 is the newest generation of wearable police camera designed specifically for organizations, or individuals, that need to video document their actions.

http://www.vievu.com/products/

$900 a piece seems awfully expensive, but I'm sure prices will decline with time and discounts are available for bulk purchases. Personal, wearable, cameras for every officer will offer protection and peace of mind for everyone.

blindrabbit 3 years, 6 months ago

somebodynew: Regarding your prior: shoulda, woulda, coulda; regardless too many cars. If in fact some of those cars at the lot south of JC are junkers; they should be scrapped or hauled off to the City maintenance area on east 11th. My guess is that there probably enough officers, maybe just deployed incorectly!

blindrabbit 3 years, 6 months ago

the chronology of posts on this story are out of sequence; kinda hard to follow. Smitty's comments are helpful!

Curtis Lange 3 years, 6 months ago

I liked the old logo. New one? Not so much...

dogsandcats 3 years, 6 months ago

Who cares? Although, the new italicized type is more dynamic.

Kontum1972 3 years, 6 months ago

twin 50's would be nice...

huwah MaDeuce

HighScore 3 years, 6 months ago

I am surprised to find that Lawrence was even able to purchase additional Crown Vics. I thought that model came to an "end of life" as Ford was no longer making that model. It seems that other police departments have switched over to the Dodge Charger.

Don't get me wrong the new graphics are an improvement. The old models looked like they were given absolutely no thought at all, but if they wanted a fresh look, they should've made the move to Dodge.

HighScore 3 years, 6 months ago

The blacked-out Johnson County Dodge Chargers are B.A. Ditch the white, ditch the Ford Crown Vic and go all black Dodge Charger.

blindrabbit 3 years, 6 months ago

HighScore: Did you forget that Alan Mulally is Pres. of Ford Motor Co.; and you want Dodges'.

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