The Clayton Police Department will be updating the look of all their marked police cars. Monday night, Police Chief Blair Myhand presented to the Clayton Town Council the new design for the department’s patrol cars. Changing the design was an extended process, driven by the desire to take the tradition of the old “black and white” police patrol cars and bring a modern, unique and cost-effective design.
Town leaders want the Dodge Chargers to be instantly recognized as public safety vehicles, but also wanted to capture the spirit of Clayton being a progressive small-town. The department will move from its light blue and silver color scheme, this time incorporating the silver badge and Clayton Town seal with some sweeping lines, for a fresh take on police fleets of the past.
The council made a few minor tweaks but gave the new design the green light to be slowly rolled out with new patrol cars.
New cars that were ordered as part of the normal rotation of vehicles will be decaled with the new design, but it will likely be 5 years before all vehicles will bear the new wrap. This update follows officers recently improving their patch to include 3 white stars to commemorate the three officers killed in the line-of-duty with Clayton Police. Last week, the department freshened up its uniforms, switching to Navy shirts and pants that were part of a more functional, durable, washable, and breathable uniform to help officers do their jobs better.