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Chicago PD Asking Officers to Design Look of New Patrol Vehicles

June 13, 2017  | 

Photo: Chicago PD/Facebook
Photo: Chicago PD/Facebook

The Chicago Police Department, seeking a fresh look for its patrol vehicles, is asking officers for proposals to redesign the layout of the words, images, and colors on the outside of its newer cars, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, in a memo to his 12,000 officers on Friday, said their design ideas will be considered by review panels in each of the 22 patrol districts. Each district will send one idea to a department-wide panel of police officers and residents from the communities.

The panel will select five finalists, and Johnson will pick the winning design.

"The iconic design of marked CPD vehicles has been a staple on the streets of Chicago since the 1970s," Johnson said in the memo. "As we make investments in our Department to be a better agency for officers and residents alike, it is also appropriate to update our vehicles to reflect the next era of CPD's history."

The new design will only be applied to 500 new police cars that are expected to hit the streets in the next few months, police spokesman Frank Giancamilli said. The vehicles now being used will keep the current design.

Officers will have until June 30 to submit their ideas. Giancamilli said the officer whose design is selected as the winning entry will earn "bragging rights," but no award.

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kevcopaz @ 6/13/2017 6:59 PM

Sure lets do the "progressive thing" and put a new color on the cop cars like a finger bandage on a gapping head wound. Ridicules they even have the tine the funds or the inclination to bother with cosmetic things instead of cleaning up the violent gangs in that city. Don't paint the cars, let the police do their job IF the community does theirs and stands up to criminals, no matter what race they are or what part of the city they come from. A Black,White , Brown or yellow or mixed criminal is still a criminal, who cares what color they are or why they became criminals at this pint deal with them shut them down, stop with the cosmetic fix and concentrate on reality. The new cars will look much prettier when they get all stoned and burned during the next anti-police BLM riot.

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