Toronto police put out call for ideas on what next cruiser should look like

After the grey and black "stealth cruiser" was rejected last year, the Toronto police have now put out a call for ideas about what its next fleet of cruisers should look like.

Black and grey colour scheme abandoned last fall after the public said the cars were hard to see

Toronto Police Services will be updating their fleet of white police cruisers over the next four years with dark grey scout cars. (Toronto Police Services)

If you've been looking to design a sweet ride, well, the Toronto police want you. 

The city's police service has put out a call for ideas about what its next fleet of cruisers should look like. And, while the online petition has some parameters — the background colour will likely range between white, grey, navy and black — there are some blue sky questions in there as well. 

Hint: A grey so-called stealth model likely won't fly. A public uproar over the design — with repeated complaints about it being a "stealth vehicle" — prompted Chief Mark Saunders to stop the rollout of more cars.

The chief said the decision to change the vehicles without consultation was his biggest regret of 2016. (Toronto Police Services)

Saunders told CBC's Metro Morning last year that "no deep thought" went into changing to cruiser to a grey and black design.

But judging by the questions in the survey released by police Tuesday, there will be plenty of reflection the second time around. 

Residents have to decide whether they want the 700 new cruisers to most reflect "professionalism" or "forward thinking" values. Should they project "authority" or "reassurance"? Should they have a swoosh? What else should be displayed on the vehicles?

It's a lot to wrap in one car.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders promised more public consultation about the police cruisers after the debacle last year. (Canadian Press)

Chief's biggest regret

But Saunders clearly wants to get it right: he said in an end of year interview with CBC Toronto that the design of the new cruisers was his biggest regret of last year.

Some parts of the cruiser can't be changed, however. Apparently, the letter on the roof of the car, in this case a T, lets helicopters know to which city the vehicle belongs. 

The vehicles have had their current design since the mid-80s, with the last fleet being ordered arriving around 2007. The survey will be open to the public until May 9.