That speeding ticket that ruins your day, or the friendly police assistance that makes it, will soon have a new look.
The Glynn County Police Department will begin rolling out a new design in patrol cars in the near future, Chief John Powell said. Additionally, county police officers are in for a uniform makeover, he said.
Folks will see both the old and new for some time, Powell said, as the county transitions to the new look: understated black-and-white patrols cars driven by officers in tan shirts and olive green trousers. Some 20 cars with the new design are almost ready to hit the road, and the first batch of new uniforms are on order.
The changes will not increase the police department’s budget, Powell said.
“All of this is a transition,” Powell said. “We will only do it as a we replace things. The cost is already in the budget. That’s why the public will see two different uniforms and two different squad cars until we get everything transitioned.”
The present patrol cars have a brown stripe running the length of the car with the department patch on the front door. The new look will be a white patrol car with black lettering, no horizontal stripe. It will feature the police department badge — instead of the patch — behind slanted horizontal stripes on the car’s front panel. The words “POLICE” and “GLYNN COUNTY” are written large across the doors. It also has department’s website address on the back bumper.
All of the department’s 17 new patrol cars that were included in the budget year that began last July have the new look. A new patrol SUV also has the new design. Additionally, two vehicles that were damaged on the job were given the new design during body repair work, said department Chief of Staff Brian Scott.
These vehicles will be on the road as soon as police radios are installed and other details are completed, Powell said. Powell, who served as interim chief since September and was hired full time in January, said officers expressed a desire for the change.
“A lot of the police officers have wanted to see a new design on the cars,” Powell said. “The design is a bit cleaner, there’s no stripe running down the car. And if you’ll notice, the word “police” is larger, as is “Glynn County.” So our citizens and visitors will know that their police department is on patrol and that we’re here to provide police service to the community.”
And police officers will soon don that new uniform of tan shirt and olive green trousers. For years, county police officers have patrolled in brown shirts and pink/tan trousers. With the change, officers will get a more durable and more comfortable uniform, Powell said.
While the new uniforms are being met with favor, the dwindling supply of the present look is what spurred the change, Powell said. “We’re having extreme difficulty in finding a vendor that can give us these brown shirts and the pink/tan trousers,” he said.
Also, the present uniforms are polyester. The new uniforms are a cotton blend made of military grade material, he said. It is the same uniform worn by the by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, as well as law enforcement agencies in Virginia. With that kind of demand, the Glynn County police should have little trouble staying well supplied with the uniform, Powell said.
Some 12 of the new informs are on order. As the present uniforms wear out, they too will be replaced with the new look.
“As we replace those uniforms, you’ll see the tan shirt and olive green,” Powell said. “It’s a very popular color uniform. The blend we’re getting is more comfortable and more durable as well.
“We wanted to bring a new design that reflected progression in the police department,” Powell added. “That’s not to say things are wrong now. We’re just turning a new page.”