A Tsawwassen First Nation artist has lent his talents to a beautiful design on a Delta Police Department cruiser.
Frankie Campbell developed the logo about three years ago. It has been utilized on T-shirts, blankets and stickers and has received much praise in other communities as well as other police agencies.
Having it on a Delta police car brings it more into the public realm, according to Tsawwassen First Nation liaison officer Const. Mike Grandia.
“The logo is about the big picture of how we as a police department serve the TFN,” said Grandia. “The logo is really about the policing model that we have implemented on TFN, which is based on the blending of the two cultures, the police and the TFN, and how we work with TFN culture and community norms in conjunction with our police services to serve the community.
“The project has been a lot of fun,” said Grandia. “Frankie and I have worked on some other things for other people as well. It’s kind of cool to see the blending of Frankie’s work and his culture with the policing culture. I think that has been the big thing as opposed to it being one thing or the other. We have found a way to meld the two together. Frankie’s work is able to see the vision of what we wanted and be able to blend everything.”
Campbell said after working with Grandia and sharing ideas, he began to develop a picture of it in his head.
“It probably took a week, maybe two, to come up with,” said Campbell.
He started drawing in 1995 and then started carving. The past six years he has taken his skills to another level by working on several carving projects.
His work is showcased in a number of commercial buildings, including Tsawwassen Mills.
“When I saw the logo on the police cruiser – it was just awesome,” Campbell said. “It really showed up a lot more on the cruiser then I expected it would. It was a fun project working with Mike. I’m very happy to see my work showcased in this way.”