SPRINGFIELD TWP. As the birds are singing, tree buds are greening and flowers are popping up from their winter home under the soil, the Springfield Police Department are sprucing up its cruisers.

Police Chief Jack Simone said the Springfield Police Department recently began rolling out new graphics on its squad cars.

The thought process behind the new logos is to create a bond and true connection with the community that the Department represents.

“In an effort to bridge that gap, we’ve decided to update our patrol car graphics to be more relatable to the local youths,” Simone said.

How did they do that? The new logo uses various shades of red and gray graphics.

The new graphics are a result of a collaborative effort by department members, Marazita Graphics and Springfield Township Board of Trustees. With the go-ahead from Springfield Local Schools Business Manager Dustin Boswell, the Spartan logo was added to the fleet of cruisers.

Simone said the new design incorporates elements of the colors that symbolize Springfield Local Schools.

“I’m hoping the residents, graduates and current students of Springfield Schools will be able to identify with the Spartan logo and new squad cars graphics,” he said.

The patrol car graphics are also intended to be an ice breaker and invite conversation with the citizens that are served by the department. The new “hometown” relatable graphics also represent the Springfield police officers’ pride for their community.

The Department, Simone said, prides itself on its community involvement and considers community policing to be a big part of what it wants to do for the community. The Department often provides events for families including the annual Easter Egg hunt, Shop With A Cop, Safety Town and other events throughout the year all designed to allow for the community to get to know the officers and see they are here to help.

Relating to the younger generation is very important to the department. Officers want the kids to know they are here for them, to protect them and in the event they ever need help.

“I felt with all that is going on, this change to our squad cars, is something positive happening at the Springfield Township Police Department,” Simone said.