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Hundreds ask Vt. to keep prank police pig

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Remember the pig hidden within the decal on the doors of some Vermont State Police cruisers?

There's now a movement under way to keep it there.

But it turns out there was more wrong with that image than just the white pig hidden as a splotch on the cow, made to resemble one of Vermont's ubiquitous Holsteins. State law requires that the cow in the crest be red — not red and white — as a tribute to the hardy Devon cattle first brought to Vermont by English settlers.

“What I would really like is for the governor to just leave the pigs on the car. That's the bottom line, at no expense to anybody,” said Barre musician Cid Sinclair, who created the Facebook page “Save the Vermont Pigs.” The site has been liked by more than 500 people. Two hundred people have signed an online petition, he said.

“No harm, no foul, take it as an opportunity to have some fun,” Sinclair said. “We live in pretty bleak times and it's pretty rough. We have an opportunity to laugh together as one, as Vermonters.”

The pigs in the 16-inch decal were first noticed last week by a state police trooper who was washing his car. The crest is believed to have been altered by a Vermont prison inmate who made the image several years ago. The pigs, a derogatory term for police, are on about 30 cruisers.

The Department of Corrections said last week that new decals would be made at a cost of $780. But state police spokeswoman Stephanie Dasaro said Thursday that so far none of the offending decals had been removed.

She said officials had been made aware of the state law that requires the cow in the crest to be red but had been told it was OK to use the existing emblem.

“We value our emblem and what it represents for our state and our agency and we want to be in compliance,” Dasaro said.

Inmate adds pig to Vt. police cruisers

Some Vermont inmates have gotten the best of the state police by adding a pig to the state decal on their cruisers. One of the spots on the cow in the state crest has been changed to the shape of a pig, a derogatory term for police.  (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A prison inmate who makes stationery and license plates pulled a fast one on state police by adding the image of a pig to the state decal on their cruisers.

On the 16-inch car door decals, made by prisoners in Windsor, one of the spots on a cow in a scene with mountains and a pine tree has been changed to the shape of a pig, a derogatory term for police.

A Vermont state trooper discovered the pig while inspecting his vehicle on Wednesday. State police say they believe the decals have been added to about 30 cruisers in the past year.

About 60 altered decals were made over the last couple of years, said Andy Pallito, commissioner of the Department of Corrections, which is looking into who made the modification and when.

New decals will be made by Monday at a cost of $780. The expense will be covered by a surplus in the revolving fund that supports the offender work program, Pallito said.

State police Maj. Bill Sheets wasn't amused by the prank.

“While some may find humor in the decal modifications, the joke unfortunately comes at the expense of the taxpayers,” he said Thursday.

The Burlington Free Press newspaper first reported the pig decals.

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