LAGUNA BEACH (CBSLA) – Decals emblazoned with the American flag that have been placed on the side of Laguna Beach police patrol vehicles are sparking some discussion in the Orange County oceanside town.

March 3, 2019. (Laguna Beach PD/Twitter)

The large new decals, which began appearing on patrol vehicles in late February, have prompted debate over their whether they are patriotic or too aggressive.

The design which ended up on the vehicles had a much bolder look than the one which the Laguna Beach City Council chose in February, according to the Los Angeles Times.

But for City Councilman Peter Blake and others, there is nothing to debate.

“This is a government vehicle driven by government workers in the United States of America,” said Black. “Come on..we can talk about this all day long, it’s still a joke.”

One resident said he’s fine with the design, but questioned why the word “police” was placed on the side doors of the cars.

“The badge on the side of the car..that’s all we really need to see,” said Craig Everhart. “You don’t need to be billboarding that you are police. We already know that. Honestly you could save money by not putting that big giant decal.”

On Tuesday night, the city council is expected to vote on whether to keep the design or choose an alternative.

In a statement to CBSLA, the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association said the officers love the new design: “We feel that having the American Flag displayed on our police vehicles symbolizes all of the good things that this city, county, state and country not only stand for but strive to achieve.”

Comments (7)
  1. sailbum7 says:

    All these immigrants can go to hell. The American flag is not intimidating, racist, or any other derogatory term they try and hang on it. The flag has always stood for freedom and equality. I am sick of this country bowing down and changing to accommodate immigrants. The idea used to be that immigrants came here and assimilated into the US and became Americans!! Now it seems like the immigrants come here and then want to change this country to match the place they left and immigrated from. IF they feel where they are from is so great let them go back! If they want to live here then they need to learn to become Americans and live as Americans – they need to stop expecting America to change to accommodate them. To remove this image of the flag from these police cars would be to surrender America to these immigrants who want to change it. Tell them to go to hell and leave the cars as is!!!

  2. Kim Bailey says:

    Who said anything about immigrants? The townspeople, most of whom are Caucasian, are debating it. I live here in Laguna Beach and I love the new design and I love the flag, but let’s not use this as an excuse to bash immigrants!

  3. Jack Holland says:

    God Laguna Beach Police. One of my favorite places when I force myself to cross the California border.

  4. David Valdez says:

    Looks great, keep up the good work LBPD

  5. Don Presley says:

    This is a case of the media taking the comments of a very few, maybe one or two, and blowing it up to see how many reactions they can get. Come on, CBSLA, you can do much better than this. Or maybe not….

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