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Independence Spiffs Up Its Patrol Cars

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The old look of Independence patrol cars

INDEPENDENCE -- Independence police have updated the appearance of the agency's patrol cars.

People will notice the simple five-pointed star decal that has marked the department's vehicles for the past 20 years has been replaced with a more modern stripe and lettered design.

Independence is attempting to become an accredited department through the Oregon Accreditation Alliance. Patrol cars must have reflective striping on their sides -- to increase the vehicle's visibility and reduce accidents -- in order to receive that designation, Police Chief Vern Wells said.

Police officials first planned to replace the non-reflective and hard-to-read decal early last year, then decided to create a new blue and black design for the existing six-car fleet.

The decal job cost approximately $2,400.

"We were looking for a more distinctive design and one which showed the agency name more clearly", Wells said.

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