OUPD Charger

New OUPD Dodge Charger cruiser with new paint and graphics

OUPD cruisers rear at night

The new OUPD graphics package on the left and the old graphics package on the right

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OUPD vehicles to get a new look

New paint and graphics make vehicles safer

All Ohio University Police Department patrol vehicles will receive a new paint job and graphics before the end of August.

The makeover is part of an effort by the department to comply with the latest Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) best practices for conspicuous and visible emergency vehicles, which were published last year.

FEMA guidelines recommend that all patrol vehicles have markings that use high contrast colors and high intensity, retroreflective graphics to make them more visible. Another new safety feature in the graphics package is a high-visibility chevron on the rear bumper that is intended to decrease the chances of a rear end collision when the vehicle is stopped in traffic.

OUPD Chief Andrew Powers said his department began working with University Communications and Marketing in early 2010 to create the new vehicle markings, which also incorporate design elements from the department's new uniform patch that was debuted in January.

"The new graphics package is cleaner, simpler, and more visible than the old markings. It eliminates the non-standard use of the University’s woodcut service mark and enhances safety for officers by complying with FEMA’s 2009 guidelines," Powers said. "All members of the police department were invited to provide input during the design process and the final graphics package reflects their preferences."

OUPD recently replaced its two oldest patrol vehicles with a new Dodge Charger and a new Ford Police Interceptor which came complete with the new paint and graphics package. Powers said the department's remaining five patrol vehicles will be painted and marked with the new colors before the start of school.