When you're speeding down the highway and spot a dark blue car coming up behind you ... a sleek looking car with broad golden racing-like stripes on the sides, it)s too late. The recently redesigned look on the Oregon State Police cars are quite attractive - unless you are pulled over for speeding.
>Oregon State Police Trooper James Reeher shows off his new patrol car. This is the first of the new designed patrol cars that will replace the old, familiar black and white cars.
The new designed patrol cars were unveiled in Salem about a month ago, and now one can be seen patrolling the highways of Crook County.
The new patrol car design is in stark contrast to the black-and-white design that OSP Troopers have used for the last several years. "As we worked through the process of designing a new patrol car, we wanted something that would be easily recognizable as a State Police patrol vehicle and the Troopers would be proud to drive," said Superintendent Ronald Ruecker.
Features of the newly designed OSP patrol car include:
* Dark blue color, reflective of the uniform worn by the Oregon State Police.
* Reflective gold striping on both sides of the vehicle with the words STATE TROOPER on both front fenders and OREGON STATE POLICE on the rear trunk lid.
* Silver photographic reproduction of the Oregon State Police five-point star badge with gold lettering. The badge displays the year "1931", the year the Department was formed.
* New overhead emergency light bar design.
Several designs developed with the assistance of a graphic designer were forwarded to employees for their preference. The design selected represents a collective effort of OSP department employees.
The production of the new-look patrol car will be unique only to the Oregon State Police and has the additional benefit of reducing costs by approximately $170 per car. "In working with the graphic designer, we came up with a final product that is our own design and will save money down the road," said Captain Peter Spirup, Director of the Patrol Division. "It will also provide a standardized look for years to come that the public will know as a State Trooper when they see the patrol car."
Crook County received one of the newly designed patrol car's, which is being used by Trooper Jim Reeher. Around the state, additional new cars will replace the current fleet of about 400 patrol vehicles as the need arises. Full fleet replacement will take several years.