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Portland Police Unveil Redesigned Patrol Cars

June 08, 2011  | 

Photo: Portland Police Bureau.

The Portland Police Bureau has redesigned the color scheme and logos on its patrol cars for the digital age, including its Twitter handle on the rear of the car. The new design, which will appear on new cars entering the fleet, was announced on the agency's Facebook page.

The new cars will be solid blue with white wrapped doors that display the words "Portland Police" and the slogan, "Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve." A red rose appears between the words "protect" and "dedicated" on the vehicle.

"We wanted to present a modern image of today's police agency on the vehicle, but we also wanted to give a nod to our past," Chief Michael Reese said about the new look. "Many officers have told me that they have always been proud to be a part of that sentiment and it clearly articulates our belief in how we want to serve the community."

In a nod to social media, the bureau will display its official Twitter handle (@portlandpolice) on the rear quarter panel. The bureau hopes the use of the Twitter handle will "encourage people to follow the Police Bureau on Twitter for updates, crime information, and to engage with people in the social media community," according to the release.

The redesign, which didn't trigger a cost to taxpayers, replaces the current design, which began with the 1991 Chevrolet Caprice. The bureau will purchase Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors in 2011 and is still considering the Chevrolet Caprice PPV, Dodge Charger Pursuit, and the Taurus-based Ford Police Interceptor for 2012.

The bureau launched the redesign earlier this year and vetted dozens of designs, including ideas submitted by officers. In five years, all marked patrol cars will have the new design, according to a bureau press release.

The slogan, "Sworn to Protect. Dedicated to Serve," was coined by a Portland Police officer in the mid-1980s and was previously on Portland Police cars in the mid-1980s and early 1990s.

by Paul Clinton

Comments (8)

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Eric Jones @ 6/8/2011 5:37 PM

Blue and white is passive. Black and white denotes authority.

OfficerBeefy @ 6/8/2011 9:30 PM

Are you serious? What's up with the rose? I mean, it's a ROSE! Cop cars are black and white. Period.

jeff @ 6/9/2011 5:21 AM

Nice rose.

Editor @ 6/9/2011 7:57 AM

Portland is known as The City of Roses.

George @ 6/9/2011 8:23 PM

Very much reminds me of an old design used by the San Francisco Police Department in the 50's & 60's using black though instead of dark blue over the white center doors. Very authoritative looking over their current scheme today, which follows the lead of many other law enforcement agencies, using mostly white over black.

Scott @ 6/10/2011 7:38 PM

You are all commenting about the color...but nobody noticed the TWITTER account on the rear of the car! now THATS dumb! What about "Dial 911" or something else that belongs there?! I cant believe a Police department would actually put a twitter account name on a patrol car!

Les @ 8/20/2012 9:29 PM

When I lived in Portland in the 70's they had large roses on the front doors, the cars themselves were all white, as I recall. The people of Portland have a unique relationship with their police. It's more relaxed and respectful on the part of both. The police show a great deal of respect to the citizens, and get respect in return. At least that was the case when I lived there. I doubt it's changed a great deal.

TKfiles @ 10/24/2012 2:39 AM

Blue represents corporate interest therefore the 3rd most common color on police and security vehicles. (all charges are commercial contracts) Black and White represents Passive and active. - Black, passive/feminine, White/masculine dominant. Cops are Feminine/yin and only passive observers until there is an incident then they are dominant represented by the white. Same with referees in sports.

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