Monday, April 26, 2010
MyWorld Tuesday: Police!
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
or pure green like this, a personnel carrier
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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