TULSA, Okla. — After 26 years with the same patrol car look, Tulsa police unveiled a brand new car on Monday afternoon.
“The decision to make this change is symbolic of our determination to move forward progressively and become truly a great city and a great agency,” Chief Wendell Franklin said.
The department offered a preview of their new vehicle on Facebook on May 15:
The new Tulsa flag featured on the now black-colored car, as well as a Route 66 representation and an American flag.
The motto “One Tulsa” is on the side of the new car. Chief Franklin says it’s been his motto since he took office in early 2020.
He says “we are all one” when it comes to making Tulsa safe.
A group of officers and citizens worked on the new design together.
Reflective tape on the back of the car is meant to help drivers recognize and react to any activity by officers on highways and streets. A car number identifying each officer is on the back and hood of each car to help the air support unit direct officers on scenes.
There is also an “inverse police” sticker on the front of the vehicle, which drivers can see when they are stopped to help protect against impersonators.
Police say the new vehicle comes at no additional cost to taxpayers as they stayed within the budget allocated for the vehicles needed for the department.
These vehicles will begin to replace current vehicles when there is a need -- they aren’t rolling out a brand new fleet of cars for the entire department right now.
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