At Thursday night’s O’Fallon City Council meeting, the O’Fallon Police Department asked council members for their input on new designs for police patches and patrol car decals.
“We developed a look we believe is contemporary and attractive, yet distinctive to a new era for the O’Fallon Police Department,” city documents said. The idea of updating the designs was prompted by the upcoming opening of the new city justice center.
The new decal design, which replaces a design utilized since the 90s, includes the “Thin Blue Line” to represent fallen police officers.
“This one, overwhelmingly, is the eye-catcher,” said Captain John Neske. He addressed concerns about dirt showing more on dark vehicles, and said that the new justice center will have underground parking as well as equipment to clean the cars.
Black patrol vehicles would be no more expensive than the white Explorers currently in use, said Fleet Manager Jason Del Pozo. New vehicles would be phased into the fleet.
Neske said that the new cars would not have the city website address on the back, to “de-clutter” the look, but it would include an Emergency 9-1-1 reference.
Debbie Cook said that she hoped the cars would include the logo “Observant, Professional, Dedicated.” Neske said they would consider using that on the back of the cars.
The patch currently in use is a good size and shape, but the fort depicted on the patch doesn’t resemble the actual Zumwalt’s fort, Neske said. “It’s more like the F Troop fort.”
“We are bringing back the state seal instead,” Neske said. “It’s pretty classic, and more official looking.” The patch also features the thin blue line in an electric blue around the border. The proposed patch design is expected to look good on both the navy-colored patrol shirts and the white command staff shirts.
The new design has been very well received by officers and civilians. Out of hundreds of designs that were considered, Neske said, “This one has come out on top.”
The council approved to move forward with a design for black vehicles, but asked to see a version of the patch with the city’s logo instead of the state seal.