Casual commentary about political, cultural and economic issues with a particular interest on the city of Winnipeg by John Dobbin
Monday, July 5, 2010
Black and White Police Cars
The super smart Brandon Police black and white cars. Thanks to Mike who pointed this out. I really like them.
The new look of Victoria Police black and white. I like this one.
The classic LAPD black and white.
The two choices for Winnipeg Police cars.
There was a time when Winnipeg Police cars were black and white. Many police forces in North America and around the world have used those colours because they have been very easy to identify. That changed in 1989 when both uniforms and police cars changed colour. At that time, the police in Winnipeg were looking to change their public persona and the look of the cars and officer uniforms were part and parcel of that change.
Now, it looks like Winnipeg is going back to that. A police email has asked officers to select their choice. My view is that the general public should also be asked since they are the ones who most need to identify police from a distance.
It looks again as if like we are following the Ontario Provincial Police who dropped black and white in 1989 only to change back in 2007.
I thought the old Winnipeg Police cars were distinctive and think that many Winnipeggers would support reverting back to that look with a few flourishes. I can't say that either of the two cars shown inspire so far.