Pleasanton police cars will have a new look starting tomorrow when the department rolls out its new black-and-white patrol cars.
Moving back to a time-honored, traditional style, the newly-painted cars are viewed as more effective and visible, according to Police Capt. David C. Spiller, patrol commander.
"In keeping with our desire to continue to provide the highest quality of customer service, department personnel began exploring new designs for our patrol vehicles," Spiller said. "The result is the product of the hard work, creativity and open-mindedness of police officers, police management and key city staff."
Studies have shown that black-and-white police cars are more recognizable on the street than all-white vehicles or blue, green and other colored vehicles. Black-and-white patrol cars also have greater visibility and a global recognition that they are law enforcement vehicles.
Other cities and agencies that have shifted back to black-and-white or kept with that combination include Livermore, Danville, Fremont, BART and East Bay Regional Parks.
"While Pleasanton is strategically transitioning to the new design as replacement vehicles are ordered, it is anticipated that the conversion of the entire patrol fleet should be complete by the end of the year," Spiller said.