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Homer Police Reveal New Cruiser and New Look


The Homer Police Department has added a new vehicle to their fleet, a Dodge Charger Pursuit. With the new vehicle also came a time for the department to “refresh” their design on the vehicles and on the police patches.

New patch designs – X101 Photo

Homer Police Chief Pitman says with the anticipation of moving to the Homer Town Hall, new vehicles, he thought it was a good time to also update the decals on the police cruisers and police uniform patches.

Overall the design on the patches would be the same design; keeping the horse and buggy in the center of the patch, but it will no longer be green but instead blue to match the Homer Central School District school colors.

Chief Pitman said choosing the school colors as part of the police department’s colors was for the excellent relationship with the district.

“We kept the horse and buggy in the center to continue with the historical value of the village as it relates to David Hannum (David Harum), William Stoddard, who was the secretary for President Lincoln, and Brockway Motors, which was initially formed in the village as a carriage manufacturer. We have also added on the patch the year the police department was officially established by the village according to the Village Historian Martin Sweeney (1857).”

Chief Pitman Said in a statement

Further reasons to keep the overall design the same was for School Resource Officer David VanOrderm who was instrumental in designing the patch back in 1994 and in 1999, Pitman said.

“Officer VanOrden’s design was very much appreciated, and it was something that we didn’t want to ignore, and he had input with the new patch. The striping on the cars will also be changed from black and gray to blue and light blue to match the patch. The new patches and vehicle decals will be phased in during the month of April.”

On top of the new patches, the department will also have a number of specialty awareness patches to be worn by officers. There will be patches for Autism Awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness which officers will wear in the respective months of April and October. Homer Officers will buy the patches to wear for $5 each. The cost will cover the expenses with proceeds being donated to local charity organizations. The patches will also be available for the public to purchase.

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