The new black and white police cruisers with huge flags on the side are just plain ugly. Our police chief says they are “traditional.” We have never been a traditional town and the white cars with giant blue letters spelling “POLICE” much better reflect our unique tradition of loving art, the ocean, our canyons filled with wildlife, our fabulous summer festivals and our main value of being an open and friendly society. As far as tradition goes, Chicago hasn’t had black and white police cruisers since the late 1950s, and New York city with 35,000 cops has white cars with blue trim, the same as Chicago, and they look good. I liked our white and blue trimmed police cars.
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