Research Projects

Evidence-Based Policing at the Barrie Police Service

Background information on why EBP is important etc.

Battenburg Patterned Police Vehicles

Background

Police vehicles need to be highly visible. They need to attract the attention of motorists, but they also need to be able to quickly be identified as a police vehicle.

Lime-green/yellow is the most visible colour from a distance. It reflects the most light, which means we see it first.

While our officers are always out and about in our community, a more visible police vehicle can lead to an increase in the recognition of police presence which leads to a deterrence effect and increased feelings of safety.

More highly visible vehicles can also increase officer and public safety, by reducing accidents.

Our test vehicles include the Battenburg pattern on just half of the car, and only on the sides. This design has been shown to be more visible in areas with lots of ‘visual clutter’ such as other cars, stores, houses, etc. Studies have shown that the side of the car is most seen by passing motorists; the front of the vehicle is only seen in the drivers rear view mirror.

These test vehicles will be deployed in our community and any additional data on the public’s perception will be gathered by our team.

As with any change in vehicle, a new design would be phased in as new vehicles are ordered according to the Service’s budget, however the cost of conducting the survey and research is covered by a grant.

The importance of ensuring police vehicles are visible can be seen in the potential improvements to not only perceptions of safety in our community, but also the physical safety of our members behind the wheel.

 

Media Coverage

Arrestee Interview Study

Background

Police vehicles need to be highly visible. They need to attract the attention of motorists, but they also need to be able to quickly be identified as a police vehicle.

Lime-green/yellow is the most visible colour from a distance. It reflects the most light, which means we see it first.

While our officers are always out and about in our community, a more visible police vehicle can lead to an increase in the recognition of police presence which leads to a deterrence effect and increased feelings of safety.

More highly visible vehicles can also increase officer and public safety, by reducing accidents.

Our test vehicles include the Battenburg pattern on just half of the car, and only on the sides. This design has been shown to be more visible in areas with lots of ‘visual clutter’ such as other cars, stores, houses, etc. Studies have shown that the side of the car is most seen by passing motorists; the front of the vehicle is only seen in the drivers rear view mirror.

These test vehicles will be deployed in our community and any additional data on the public’s perception will be gathered by our team.

As with any change in vehicle, a new design would be phased in as new vehicles are ordered according to the Service’s budget, however the cost of conducting the survey and research is covered by a grant.

The importance of ensuring police vehicles are visible can be seen in the potential improvements to not only perceptions of safety in our community, but also the physical safety of our members behind the wheel.

 

Media Coverage

For more information:

Madison Charman

Madison Charman

Barrie Police Service Organizational Researcher

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