Toronto Police have had a hard time with their cars lately.
Late last year, Toronto cops showed the city what their new cruisers were going to look like. And the city was none too impressed. So much so that Police Chief Mark Saunders put an immediate halt to the production of the new cruisers.
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Well, since new cruisers are still something Toronto Police need, they’ve asked for the opinion of the city’s residents when it comes to what the cars should look like. The existing design has been in use since 2006.
(Apparently, they didn’t learn from Boaty McBoatface.)
In a 13 question survey, you’ll be able to cast your vote on everything from the size of the wording on the sides of the cars to word font to the colour of the cars.
Your chance to see the police cruiser you want to see (when you need to see it) is here, Toronto.
You can participate in the survey here.
Toronto Police Statement on survey
Did you know the Toronto Police Service has over 1,600 vehicles? More than 700 are dedicated to frontline policing. These are the cars you see patrolling your neighbourhoods and responding to calls for service.
Over the years, the look of these cars has changed. The colour changed from yellow to white with red and blue stripes in the mid-1980s, and the existing design has been around since 2006. Now, as our cars reach the end of their lifecycle, they will be replaced with a newer, fresher design.
We know you have thoughts on what this new design should be. We heard you and we want you to share your opinions with us. We have created the following questions to get input on various components. Some aspects of the car design cannot be changed. (For instance, did you know the “T” on the roof of the car is so helicopters can tell what city the cruiser is from?) However, many other parts of the design will be influenced by you.
Take the time to answer these questions and play a part in designing the next frontline police car for the Toronto Police Service.