The Alton Police Department welcomed a new chief last month — and a new look.
Chief Jonathan B. Flores purchased new decals for police cars, replacing the black-on-black stealth design with a bright blue stripe and the word “police” in big letters.
“We’re trying to say ‘We’re here’ and deter crime that way,” Flores said.
The new design also prevents confusion when a motorist sees flashing lights in the rear-view mirror.
“With all the pseudo-cop incidents and things like that, you don’t want people to get the wrong impression,” Flores said. “Or make a poor decision based on the low visibility.”
Replacing decals on eight vehicles cost about $3,200. They hit the streets during late March.
The police department also adopted a new patch, which comes with the same blue-and-black color scheme.
Officers originally had a Texas-shaped patch, Flores said. The city replaced that patch with a train-shaped patch, paying homage to the railroad stop that became Alton.
Flores incorporated Texas into the new patch, which is shaped like a shield. The train remains on police badges.