Purple patrols to mark birthday

GRAFTON Police is repainting its fleet of patrol cars Jacaranda purple to commemorate Grafton's 150th anniversary.

The first lot of freshly-painted cars will be rolled out today.

Sergeant Iva Newcar described the paint-jobs as “very eye-catching”.

“Some officers were concerned the colour choice would subject them to ridicule,” Sgt Newcar said, “but there's been no evidence of that.”

Sgt Newcar said he did a test run on Saturday and he was very happy with the response.

“We stopped to talk to a group of bikies at the gas station and they were very polite,” he said.

“They said the purple reminded them of their grandmothers. They even invited me to join them at the coffee shop for a scone and a cuppa.”

The remainder of the new cars will be rolled out over the next two weeks.

The matching police uniforms should be ready in time for the Jacaranda crowning.

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