However, the latest batch of decals depicts something different. A Vermont state trooper discovered that one of the spots on a cow contains an image of a pig.
The recalls were produced by a Vermont correctional unit's print shop. The State of Vermont uses correctional facilities for some of its print products, including the cruiser decals. Someone working at the print shop changed the emblem from the officially sanctioned design.
The prank image of a pig has been shown 30 police cruisers for the last year.The sixty 16-inch door decals will be removed as soon as it is practical.
State police spokeswoman Stephanie Dasaro stated that the inmates’ version is “an apparent reference to the pejorative word for police.”
She pointed out that "it dishonors the memory of those past and present members, especially for those who have lost their lives in the line of duty."
The "source and timing" of the change to the design is under investigation.
Police Major Bill Sheets said in a statement that "while some may find humor in the decal modifications, the joke unfortunately comes at the expense of the taxpayers."
The new police car decals will be made by next week at a cost of $780.
Lessons to be learned:
- always check your printed materials before distributing it
- check the quality of your graphic designer and/or print shop
- turn a setback into an advantage. I strongly advise the police to raffle off the “pig decals” for charity