Monday, April 26, 2010

MyWorld Tuesday: Police!

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This is a patrol car of the Hamburg police department. The blue-silver colour scheme is fairly new, it was adopted in 2005. Before that, both uniform and cars were white-green like this one
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or pure green like this, a personnel carrier
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I like both the new cars and the new uniform much better!

In Hamburg, the patrol cars are also called Peterwagen. When the partol cars were equipped with radios, a name was needed for them and Peter was chosen (so an individual car would be called Peter with the ID number added). Peter was taken from the flag Blue Peter, since there are a number of pubs in Hamburg with that name, in St. Pauli in particular.

There's also the story that when partol cars were applied for with the British administration (Hamburg was part of the British sector), the British officer asked that the word patrol car be spelled (probably because he had problems understanding the Hamburg dialect) and atfer "P like Peter" he was satisfied and wrote down Peterwagen.

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10 comments:

Sylvia K said...

A very interesting post, Jennifer! I like the new blue cars better, too! Always good to know we have good police protection in the world today! Hope you have a great, safe week!

Sylvia

Dina said...

This is quite funny, what you tell us. :)

SandyCarlson said...

Peter rocks!

Mojo said...

The new paint scheme is definitely an improvement. Can't say about the uniforms, but I'll take your word.

noel said...

aloha,

i enjoyed your post today, especially about this being a part of british rule previously and the relation to the petervan

thanks for sharing your world today.

viva la france is going on in my sari blog today!

J Bar said...

How intersting.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Marites said...

i like the blue and white better too :) have a good week!

Jossie said...

I grew up only 500m from the German border and went to Germany almost as many times as to my own town. I still have to get used to the blue in and on the streets. Die deutsche Polizei ist immer nog gruen in meinem Gedaechtnis.

Bill said...

Yes, I agree the new colours look very smart, in line with most modern police forces around the globe.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Fantastic shots and funny too !!Loved the post !!