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No more blue and white. Police Chief McClelland Unveils New Patrol Vehicle Colors Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr., today (Monday, July 2) unveiled a new image for HPD's patrol vehicle fleet. HPD's patrol vehicles will soon sport a black and white color scheme. In addition, several vehices of different makes and models are being tested for consideration as a replacement to the current Ford Crown Victoria. The vehicles are the following: Ford Interceptor Dodge Charger Chevrolet Caprice Chevrolet Tahoe Photos of the vehicles and the new color scheme are attached to this news release. Following discussion within and outside HPD, a decision was made to convert the current patrol vehicles to a more traditional black and white color scheme. Chief McClelland said, "The Ford Crown Victoria is no longer being manufactured so we were forced to look at other options. This was a good opportunity and transition point for us to go to a classic police car and follow professional standards around the country," Chief McClelland added. It is estimated the conversion for the entire HPD fleet will take about two years. During that time, some patrol vehicles with the orignal blue and white banner will still be in circulation.
This is the title of an upcoming book on the Houston Police Department. http://www.amazon.co...002122&sr=1-218 "Houston Blue offers the first comprehensive history of one of the nation’s largest police forces, the Houston Police Department. Through extensive archival research and more than one hundred interviews with prominent Houston police figures, politicians, news reporters, attorneys, and others, authors Mitchel P. Roth and Tom Kennedy chronicle the development of policing in the Bayou City from its days as a grimy trading post in the 1830s to its current status as the nation’s fourth largest city. Combining the skills of historian, criminologist, and journalist, Roth and Kennedy reconstruct the history of a police force that has been both innovative and controversial. Readers will be introduced to a colorful and unforgettable cast of police chiefs and officers who have made their mark on the department. Prominent historical figures who have brushed shoulders with Houston’s Finest over the past 175 years are also featured, including Houdini, Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, O. Henry, former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, hatchet wielding temperance leader Carrie Nation, the Hilton Siamese Twins, blues musician Leadbelly, oilman Silver Dollar Jim West, and many others. The Houston Police Department has been at the cutting edge of police innovation. It was one of the first departments in the South to adopt fingerprinting as an identification system and use the polygraph test, and under the leadership of its first African American police chief, Lee Brown, put the theory of neighborhood oriented policing into practice in the 1980s. The force has been embroiled in controversy and high profile criminal cases as well. Among the cases chronicled in the book are the Dean Corll and Dr. John Hill murders; controversial cases involving the department’s crime lab; the killings of Randy Webster and Joe Campos Torres; and the Camp Logan, Texas Southern University, and Moody Park Riots. Roth and Kennedy reveal that most of modern Houston’s issues and problems are rooted in many of the challenges that faced police officers in the nineteenth century. Anyone who drives in Houston will not be surprised that the city’s reputation for poor drivers was already cemented in the 1860s, when ordinances were passed to protect pedestrians from horse-drawn carriages. Likewise, the department’s efforts to overcome funding and manpower shortages, and political patronage, are a continuing battle that began a century ago. In the end it is a story about the men and women in blue and the role played by the Houston Police Officers Union in creating a modern 21st-century police force from its frontier roots."