As Bossier Parish students started a new school year today, 13 school resource officers in Bossier also returned with a new look to their patrol units.

The new look for vehicles with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office features larger lettering which is easier to read and is reflective for better viewing at night. (Photo by: Lt. Bill Davis)

The SRO patrol units and five transport vans are the first of many vehicles that will display the updated striping and style for the Bossier Sheriff's Department.

"When I took office last year, I wanted to update our fleet of vehicles with a modernized and more practical look," says Sheriff Julian Whittington. "The lettering is larger and easier to read, not only during the day, but also at night because it is reflective."

Each vehicle also displays the words "Courteous, Professional and Responsive," which is a core of the mission statement for the department.

BSO Lt. Bill Davis

"These words will serve as a daily reminder to our deputies and the people we serve how we carry out our duties, all in a courteous manner, to maintain a high level of professionalism and to respond appropriately," Sheriff Whittington says.

The new striping will continue to be placed on existing marked vehicles, which are mostly 2008 to 2011-year Ford Crown Victoria sedans. A robust maintenance plan also allows the sheriff's office to extend the life of these vehicles, some of which have up to 150,000 miles on them, and not purchase new ones to save taxpayer dollars.

The department is in the process of deciding replacement vehicles for the discontinued Crown Victoria, which was last produced in 2011. New vehicles will be black with the new striping.