Beaverton police will roll out new patrol car design in parade

by: Jaime Valdez Kolor Werx owner Kevin Mead works on detailing the new decals of a Beaverton police patrol car Tuesday morning at his shop in Southeast Portland. This Dodge Charger displays the future look for vehicles in the agency’s patrol and traffic divisions.

The Beaverton Police Department is introducing a new look for vehicles assigned to the agency's patrol and traffic divisions.

The public will get to check out a new Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Tahoe sporting the new design in Saturday's Beaverton Celebration Parade, as they wind their way along the downtown route beginning at 10 a.m..

In the last 10 months, members of the department's uniform committee worked with the police chief's office and other members of the agency to develop a progressive design that also allowed for a connection to the department's past.

'This design addresses the challenges we faced, while still allowing us to maintain a part of our history,' said Police Chief Geoff Spalding. 'Saturday's unveiling culminates the efforts of many individuals over the past months, and we look forward to introducing the new design to the community.'

The design highlights a change for vehicles purchased this year that will introduce black and white as the primary background colors. Beaverton's traditional blue will remain in the design as a background color behind the lettering 'Beaverton Police' on both sides of the vehicles.

'Beaverton police officers are very proud of the men and women that have preceded us, and their many decades of professional services to our community,' Spalding said. 'Although we will continue to be progressive in our efforts as we move forward, we will never forget our rich past.

'The blue in our new design will serve as a reminder of our history.'

Traditionally, Beaverton's law enforcement team has used a combination of blue and white patrol vehicles. However, with each passing year it became a challenge to maintain a uniform fleet of patrol cars due to variations in the color blue on vehicles being delivered and also as a result of changes in auto manufacturers, Spalding said.

'The introduction of black as a stock color will allow the department to maintain a consistent image regardless of vehicle year and manufacturer,' he added.

The new design will be phased out over time as older vehicles are removed from the fleet.