Clayton police cruisers get a fresh look

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CLAYTON — Rain didn't stop the Clayton Police Department from rolling out redesigned patrol cars on Feb. 25.

The first five cruisers in the freshly detailed fleet hit the streets during the last week in February.

Town spokeswoman Stacy Beard said officers were aiming for a modern take on the traditional police car of the past called a "black and white."

"They hope the classic color along with the modern sweeping lines will help capture the spirit of Clayton's growing town, which turns 150 in April," said Beard. "Most importantly, leaders wanted the Dodge Chargers to be instantly recognized as public safety vehicles. They stress that drivers need to head the flashing lights of law enforcement no matter what the shade of car. All Clayton patrol cars feature "POLICE" in very large letters. "

The current Clayton police cars are white with a light blue and silver color scheme. Those will continue to patrol and will slowly be phased out over the next few years.

Clayton police officers also recently redesigned the department's patch, adding three white stars to honor officers lost in the three line-of-duty deaths in the agency's history.

Last summer, the department freshened up its uniforms, switching to all navy color and more functional, durable and breathable materials to help officers on the job.