The all-white patrol cars that Mendota police use are being updated with a fresh coat of paint and new graphics, thanks togrant funding.
Police officers, city staff, and City Council members contributed ideas to the design.
“The majority of them wanted a black-and-white car,” Police Chief Gregg Andreotti said.
The new design includes black paint, a seven-point star, and larger lettering that shifts from dark blue to light blue. An American flag is on both sides underneath the spotlights. “Police” has been updated to “Mendota Police.”
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Andreotti said the white patrol cars were sometimes missed by residents or drivers. The black-and-white cars stand out more and are more readily seen, he said.
“We want to be seen, we want to be noticed,” Andreotti said.
A new patrol car was just recently bought, and all seven cars in the police department’s fleet will be updated.
The redesign was funded by third-party grants, and no city or police department general funds were used.