First and foremost, a police vehicle’s design should be about safety and identification. Agencies’ designs have also begun incorporating state, county and regional symbols, mission statements and mottos to represent the communities they serve, and even URLs and QR codes for smartphones.
The 2013 contest was judged based on the integrity of the designs submitted, as well as how each design met the criteria as outlined in the contest guidelines. The response to this year’s competition was impressive with more than 200 entries, which made the judging difficult, especially in the popular Municipal 10 to 50 Officers, East category. LAW and ORDER would like to thank all the departments that submitted entries for the 2012 contest.
This year’s contest was judged by two law enforcement professionals and one industry professional: Lt. Jeffrey A. Gang, Griffith, IN Police; Kevin Lyons, Director of Support Services, Lake County, IL Sheriff; and Jim Kelly, General Manager, Police Department Systems, Mokena, IL.
The 2013 Vehicle Design judges focused on the safety of the officer driving and the ability to identify the automobile as a law enforcement vehicle. The overall appearance of the vehicle was, of course, factored into the results. The judges looked for departmental symbols, names in easy-to-read lettering, a badge, shield or community seal, emergency phone numbers and websites. For visibility, the judges looked for reflective tape/graphics and decals.
Village of Pinehurst, N.C. Police Department
This new design for the Village of Pinehurst Police Department (VPPD) patrol vehicle takes into consideration the new body lines and elongated look of the newer Chargers. The paint scheme enhances those lines while keeping the VPPD patrol vehicle’s traditional blue-and-white colors. Reflective materials were used in all of the patrol vehicles lettering and markings for additional safety measures. This is especially important at night in the Village of Pinehurst because typically there is no street lighting outside of the core of the village. The design was the brainchild of Deputy Chief Floyd R. Thomas who worked with Clark’s Chevrolet of Pinehurst painting it and Sandhill’s Signs of Aberdeen, N.C. for the reflective lettering and markings.
Judges’ comments: The colors are perfect on this police vehicle! The graphic design is integrated well into the body style of the car. It is professional and clean-looking. We especially like the POLICE lettering on the nose of the hood.
BEST FORD POLICE INTERCEPTOR SEDAN
Berks County Sheriff’s Department
The Berks County Sheriff’s Department believes that “Sustainability” is one of the most important factors to consider in choice of design, color and graphics because members of the community must be able to immediately identify the department from other law enforcement agencies as they perform the same, yet different, functions within the community. A police car can be from any borough, township or city, but Berks County’s “Sheriff Cars” are sustainable images for the entire county in which they serve.
Judges’ comments: The blue-and-gold color scheme stands out and we like the safety strip on the back bumper. The combination is perfect; follows the lines of the car.
BEST CHEVY CAPRICE
Frederick Police Department
The Frederick Police Department chose the new design because it incorporates the mountain views enjoyed from Frederick. They chose block letters in a strong font, representing the safety Frederick Police provides to its community. A functional detail of the new design was adding the department website to the back of the car. The unique and most important aspect of the overall design: It was created by police officers who live in and serve Frederick and wanted the community to be accurately reflected in the design.
Judges’ comments: We like the placement of the design with the POLICE lettering overlaying on the line from the back of the car. The mountain graphic on the back is a nice touch.
BEST DODGE CHARGER
Chatham County Sheriff’s Office
The new design for the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office 2013 Dodge Chargers consists of white vehicles with the office colors of burgundy and grey. This design is unique from most patrol vehicles because the reflective striping is from the front to the rear of the vehicle. Sheriff Richard Webster thought that every possible inch of the vehicle should be used to help identify it as a law enforcement vehicle. The word “SHERIFF” looks as if it is embossed on all four sides of the vehicle in reflective lettering as well as the agency badge on the front fenders.
Judges’ comments: We like the burgundy; you don’t see that color very much so it makes it unique. The rear striping is unique because it’s heavy on the front and back.
Whitehall Borough Police
The Whitehall Borough Police decided that a new design was needed with the acquisition of the new Ford Police Interceptor SUV. The side decals are reflective and there are white reflective chevrons on the front and rear of the vehicle. The design used was comprised from the input of officers and staff of the department who paired new and traditional patterns in the concept. The department’s patch was incorporated into the new design and the black/gold/white colors, used for over three decades, were also kept. The use of black and gold have ties to the region, for Pittsburgh is the city of Black and Gold: The Pittsburgh Steelers, The Pittsburgh Pirates, and The Pittsburgh Penguins.
Judges’ comments: This design has good placement and balance. The font size is easy to read. The black hood and hatch/lift gate give it a bold look.
BEST REAR WARNING
Lehigh University Police Department
This design was chosen to be highly visible and includes reflective materials for that reason. The Chief and Lieutenant chose three final designs and took all officers’ input, which was almost unanimous for this design. The colors are the department’s uniform colors, black and gold. Lehigh’s campus is intertwined with the city and thus has city and university police vehicles patrolling. The design works well and the community is able to instantly recognize the vehicles as university police vehicles.
Judges’ comments: The colors balance well, and we like the safety striping on the rear end. Good placement of patch.
BEST SWAT VEHICLE
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office graphic design has been used on their vehicles for several years. The colors selected mirror those worn on their uniforms and connects their vehicles to the community. What makes this design unique is the bold striping, yet the vehicle still maintains a conservative and professional appearance. The 3M reflective material really makes the vehicles highly visible and safe in low-light conditions. The Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team kept with this theme when designing the look of their vehicle. The uniform is an Army green and the vehicle is a flat green of the same color.
Judges’ comments: This ultimate SWAT vehicle has “all the right stuff.” The markings are clear, distinctive. It’s got all you need, even space for emergency lights. It’s practically deployable!
Racine County Sheriff’s Office
The Racine County Sheriff’s Office obtained the Casspir MkII through the Department of Defense 1033 Program. It came to the states from Kuwait after being utilized in Afghanistan. The color graphics were chosen by our Sheriff and members of the Casspir work team. The flat gray paint and flat black graphics were chosen to create a very subdued look due to the tactical nature of its use. The design of the star and lettering matches that of their new fleet. The Casspir MkII has been referred to as the “Swiss Army Knife of Combat Vehicles” according to OSPREA Logistics. The Casspir is equipped with emergency lights and sirens, is mine resistant, and will withstand small-arms fire.
Judges’ Comments: Impressive design, good for alligator hunting. That’s one heck of a piece of equipment.
Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office
Fond du Lac, WI
The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office has developed a “brand” by utilizing a consistent vehicle design, well recognized by the community. This vehicle, a 2012 Oshkosh Truck “Tactical Protector Vehicle,” is the first TPV sold in the United States. The TPV does not have any reflective materials in its design because of the need for tactical use. Over 10 years ago the Sheriff asked for input on vehicle design, utilizing a black vehicle because no other jurisdiction in the area utilized black colored vehicles. A committee was formed, and the input was gathered from patrol personnel, administration, community members, and a local graphics company. The result is a design that fits virtually any vehicle from a patrol squad to specialized vehicles. A black vehicle with a gold colored design ties into the department’s uniform and patch, which also include gold detailing.
Judges’ Comments: This vehicle is practical with the running boards, hand rails, rear gate platform, double lightbar, etc. We like how they moved the mirrors out to make room for the rails.
Surry County Sheriff’s Office
The vehicle started out as a military surplus Hummer with no top. The vehicle was upgraded with an armored cab and bulletproof windows, new suspension, engine, transmission, and air conditioning by Granite Tactical Vehicles, Inc. All upgrade labor and materials were donated to the Sheriff’s Office. The decal design is based closely on the marked patrol vehicles of the Sheriff’s Office; however, their marked vehicles are white. The basic decal design was developed from input from Sheriff, Chief Deputy, Lieutenants, Patrol Sergeants, officers and the graphics business that printed the decals. The decals were chosen to be reflective for maximum visibility at night. This vehicle is the only armored law enforcement vehicle in the area and is offered to surrounding agencies if they need it.
Judges’ Comments: This vehicle is conservative and has what it needs... a basic SWAT vehicle but put together well.
BEST SUPPORT VEHICLE, COMMAND POST, CSI VEHICLE
Green Bay Police Department
Green Bay, WI
The overall package was designed by and chosen by the Green Bay Police Department’s (GBPD) Dive Team members. They specifically included the thin blue line to represent the law enforcement heritage of this team. The Dive Team symbol was designed by a dive team member and unique to the team, as no other existing symbol met their tastes. They felt this graphic design best defined their team; professional, courageous, selfless and honorable.
Judges’ comments: This design has clean lines and we especially like the logo. It is simple but looks impressive.
Evansville Police Department
The Evansville, IN Police turned their old SWAT truck into a neighborhood surveillance vehicle they call “The Guardian.” The Guardian is equipped with four Internet protocol cameras that can be accessed from any Internet connection, including smartphones. The cameras are recording around the clock. The neighborhood groups request The Guardian through their Community Police Officers. It is placed in areas that are having some type of criminal activity, with the goal of displacing or ending it. The goal is not to catch crime with it, but prevent it. The vehicle was such a huge success in its first year that the department was able to get a second vehicle donated by Brink’s.
Judges’ Comments: Good use of color and layout; looks like a Brinks truck. The design blends well.
Surry County Sheriff’s Office
This vehicle was an ambulance until 1998 when it was converted to a multi-use vehicle for the Surry County Sheriff tactical team. This vehicle is their team transport, equipment transport, command post, etc. The vehicle was originally white with black-and-gold reflective stripes. In early 2013, the department had the vehicle painted satin black and had reflective decals added that are similar to their marked patrol cars. In addition, they added a red lightning bolt to the logo. The red lightning bolt idea came from the tactical uniform award bar that is issued to all their tactical team members. They also had a license plate designed that looks like the uniform bar. The design involved input from the Sheriff, Chief Deputy and all tactical team members. The decals are reflective for maximum visibility.
Judges’ Comments: We like the design, especially the placement of the star and the red and gold background. The lettering over the window fits nicely. Good use of space.
St. Charles Police Department
St. Charles, IL
The St. Charles, IL Police Department selected and outfitted a Mercedes Sprinter van for use by the forensic unit and also for use as a command post. The Sprinter was fitted with custom shelving and a workstation. There are interior lights for work at night, an inverter for plugging in electronics, and it is tall enough for someone to stand upright inside the cargo area. The windows are covered with a one-way sticker that allows officers to see outside but people outside cannot see inside when evidence is being processed. The vehicle has interior lights on the front and back and side marker lights along the outside to provide visibility when parked at the scene. The graphics follow the simple yet classic look of their squad cars and adds the clearly identifiable fingerprint to show it is part of the forensic unit.
Judges’ Comments: Simple design, but just enough. We like the fading/gradient on the POLICE lettering.
BEST COMMUNITY RELATIONS (DARE, GREAT)
Christiansburg Police Department
This vehicle design was chosen to honor the men and women, past, present and future who have served our country in the armed forces. Chief Mark A. Sisson and Fleet Manager Sgt. Darren Epperly were instrumental in the vehicle design process. The graphic lettering is identical to that used on Christiansburg PD’s fleet with the exception of the modifications of the digital camo background. The car as whole is significant in that it is a tribute to our military.
Judges’ comments: The theme of this design is great; lots of symbolism and very patriotic. It’s not too busy and seems well thought-out the way it was integrated into the traditional black-and-white police car. The graphic on the roof is classy-looking.
Amelia County Sheriff’s Office
This vehicle was designed to help bring awareness to Breast Cancer and Autism. This vehicle will be used to assist with fundraising efforts for these causes. All labor, materials, and equipment were 100 percent donated by local businesses and individuals costing the county government nothing. The colors and designs chosen reflect the two causes; pink being for Breast Cancer Awareness and the puzzle pieces for Autism Awareness. Deputy John Harmon, with the approval of Sheriff Ricky Walker and the Amelia County Board of Supervisors, assisted with the design and completion of the car. Thanks go out to: Amelia Collision Center, Auto Paint Supply, United Solar, Keystone/LKQ, Dick’s Place Inc., Holman Motors, Interior Guys, Ten Code Upfitting, Whitten Brothers, Audio Obsessions, and Farrar’s Mobile Detailing.
Judges’ Comments: The pink is obviously grabs attention but it’s not overdone. We like the integration of the two causes and the puzzle pieces are done well. It’s the ‘Pepto-Bismal” car!
Round Lake Beach Police
Round Lake Beach, IL
The Round Lake Beach Police’s Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) program was started in 2006 when they partnered with several local businesses to obtain a unique police vehicle to be utilized by the department. Ray Chevy donated the vehicle; Daves Transmission donated the equipment; and Suburban Accents donated the graphics, keeping the vehicle 100 percent free to the taxpayer. There have been a total of four vehicles so far in the program and this Chevy Camaro SS is their newest MPV. People of all ages love this car and it garners a lot of attention at local events. Previous MPVs had a wide array of graphic themes to include bold and patriotic, while some have been more subdued. For the Camaro, they chose to keep a more professional appearance for the graphics and made sure the companies involved had their names prominently displayed. A darker version of their police badge was created to blend with the graphics theme.
Judges’ Comments: Good use of basic colors, silver and dark gray. The POLICE lettering and the star fit nicely. The rims complement the design of the car.
Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department
According to Kosciusko County Sheriff Rocky Goshert, they selected their 2009 Dodge Charger D.A.R.E. vehicle as a submission due to the positive effect it has had on local students. Deputy Sheriff Dalis Owens, who is issued the vehicle and has taught D.A.R.E. for many years in the county’s schools, stated that students are simply “attracted” to the car like a magnet. The car incorporates the standard Indiana Sheriff Association approved design and star decals, while the silver and white enhance the glossy black’s sleekness. All decals are reflective and the vehicle is fully equipped with all department-issued equipment for public relations details or school programs.
Judges’ Comments: Simple but stylistic, this is a basic and clean design. It’s sleek and stealthy!
Evansville Police Department
The Evansville PD traffic unit picked the Harley Davidson due to its rich tradition of reliable police motorcycles. They chose the “flying wheel” logo for the gas tank as it has been the standard symbol of the motor officer for at least 60 years. The choice of the black-and-white colors is based on the traditional POLICE colors and the instant recognition the colors bring. On the lower portion of the saddle bag is a “Thin Blue Line” that represents the thin line that maintains a civilized society and honors all fallen law officers.
Judges’ comments: The red lettering on the gas tank is sharp and stands out. The officer’s name in cursive adds a personal touch. This design strikes a good balance.
Buffalo Grove Police Department
Buffalo Grove, IL
The Buffalo Grove Police Department had plain white Harley-Davidson Road King police motorcycles with simple blue decals since the inception of their motor program in 1998. In 2012, the Traffic Unit (whose members exclusively utilize the motorcycle) decided to obtain an Electra Glide model due to the advantages the fairing offers. The different design of the vehicle required a change in the graphics package. This clean slate situation led the officers to request the two-tone Blue/Silver color combination offered by the manufacturer. The graphics were subsequently redesigned to fit properly and to better complement the paint scheme. To address safety of the motor officers, the graphics were created using reflective film and additional LED lighting was installed on the motorcycle.
Judges’ Comments: The blue and silver mix well together. This is a unique, tasteful, clean design.
Clayton Police Department
The design for the patch displayed on the Clayton police vehicles was chosen because of the town’s history. The railroad station and the train are the reason the town was established. The town’s name was changed in 1860 to Clayton in honor of John M. Clayton, a former United States Secretary of State from Delaware and strong advocate for the railroad. The town was incorporated on April 15, 1887. The bottom part of the patch signifies the agricultural part of the community indicated by wheat and hay. To this day, there are two prominent businesses in town to supply the farmers. Atlantic Tractor Dealership sells John Deer Tractors and Southern States is another supplier that sells seed, fertilizer, and food for animals.
Judges’ Comments: This design is simple and clean, not overdone. The gold lines/swirls around the lettering add a nice touch for the reflectives.
BEST OFF-ROAD VEHICLE
Lehigh University Police
This vehicle uses reflective material for high visibility. The design was chosen by a Lehigh University Police lieutenant and a community officer who operates it. The unit has a custom box on the back to carry equipment, with removable doors and cab since it is used all year long. The unit is used to patrol an athletic facility and wooded area and its no-nonsense design serves its purpose well. One of the most interesting design features is the rear of the vehicle, which uses an old stop sign, cut up to follow the contour of the custom box, so the graphics were able to stick better than they would on the box porous surface.
Judges’ comments: The markings are clear and clean on this true off-road vehicle. It is also well-equipped with roll bars and lights.
Dallas City Marshal’s Office
This 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 4X4 truck is utilized by Deputies assigned to the Dallas Marshal’s Office Environmental Crimes Unit. The design of this vehicle was intended to convey a clear law enforcement presence on the Trinity River Levee Corridor areas where it is used to protect the levee infrastructure and deter motor vehicles from entering areas where they may endanger joggers, hikers, bicyclists and other citizens engaged in recreational activities. The black-and-white paint scheme is consistent with other new Dallas Marshal vehicles. All of the decals added to the vehicle are reflective for enhanced safety. They were aligned to maintain a clean appearance. The design was a collaboration between the Dallas Marshal’s Office and the City of Dallas Trinity Watershed Management Department.
Judges’ Comments: Good use of space with the lettering on the doors. Nice placement of the patch and the “Serving Since 1856.” We also like the heavy-duty tires and winch.
Roane County Sheriff’s Office
The Roane County Sheriff and the Chief Deputy along with the Lieutenant who drives the vehicle picked the design for the vehicle. The reason this design was picked is due to the fact that there was so much area to display the lettering on. They decided not to put stripes on the truck due to the fact they thought that it would take away from the lettering. The only reflective material that was used is the white outline on the lettering. This gives just enough reflective to let someone know at night that this is a sheriff’s department vehicle.
Judges’ Comments: Nice job on the lettering, it’s big and easy to read. Colors look good together and the outline on SHERIFF is sharp.
BEST VINTAGE POLICE VEHICLE
Canton Police Department
This is the Canton PD’s 1937 Studebaker President armored vehicle. It was purchased by the city for use during steel mill strikes in the 1940s. It has remained a part of the department’s fleet until this day. It is currently housed at the Canton Classic Car Museum, but if it were needed, could be put into service. It has turrets in the widows that are nearly identical to those in their new BEAR armored vehicle, which was produced some 50 years later. The car had a full restoration in 2004.
Judges’ comments: We love the history behind this car. It is slick, clean—the ultimate police car at the time, armored with steel panels and 1-inch glass windows.
Toccoa Police Department
This is Toccoa Police Department’s 1946 Ford Sedan Police Car. The car was purchased in 2000. This car is a replica of the very first car the city of Toccoa Police Department purchased brand-new. The paint job, siren and markings are reminiscent of the original car.
Judges’ Comments: Traditional, authentic, vintage!
Pharr Police Department
This design was chosen based on the original patrol unit that was used in 1953 by the Pharr Police Department. The concept was put together by Pharr Chief of Police, Ruben Villescas, and the Community Policing Division. Many donations were given to the department by local businesses to restore this unit to its current state. The patrol unit is utilized in a number of community events, parades, and car shows in the area. This vintage patrol unit is functional and is the only one in the South Texas area that has been restored and used by a law enforcement department.
Judges’ Comments: This is a classic black-and-white police car from that era.
MUNICIPAL UNDER 10 OFFICERS, EAST
Chapin Police Department
The new design was meant to incorporate the ties between the local community and the police department. Chapin PD went with the traditional car color along with the blue accents to make a distinct and noticeable police presence. The light blue colors were added to the Eagle Claw, which represents the local school colors. The Eagle Claw design gives a 3D appearance in order to grab the attention of anyone in and around the community. The blue striping was placed on the vehicle in order to accent the lettering and mesh with the vehicle’s newer body design.
Judges’ comments: Good use of blue; it flows with the car. Reflectives look great, and we like the accents on the POLICE lettering. The claw graphic adds a personal touch, but it’s not too gaudy.
Berwyn Heights Police Department
Berwyn Heights, MD
The Berwyn Heights Police Department decided to go with the new Dodge Charger equipped with the V8 Hemi engine. Along with the changes in the vehicles, Chief Antolik decided to be “progressive” along with maintaining high visibility throughout the town. The new designs also motivated the officers and increased morale significantly. Originally, the chief wanted the traditional “retro” black-and-white LAPD style, but decided to be original with the designs. They wanted the word POLICE to be visible at night and during inclement conditions.
Judges’ Comments: The lettering/font and the red accent stripes really stand out. The POLICE on the hood/nose is unique and the website/URL on bottom balances everything out.
Boiling Springs Police Department
Boiling Springs, NC
The current design of the Boiling Springs, NC Police Department’s patrol vehicles was selected and refined on the staff level by a departmental committee in 2005. The grey Dodge Charger was selected because of its sleek, modern take on a classic American muscle car. The blue side graphics appear water-like and represent the town’s namesake of Boiling Springs. All graphics are reflective to enhance officers’ safety and also because the department places a strong emphasis on conspicuous omnipresent patrol. The side graphics provide reflective coverage across the length of the vehicle and the POLICE designation is prominently displayed in all directions.
Judges’ Comments: Good use of the blue striping and the bold lettering stands out. The design flows well with the body style of the car.
Coudersport Borough Police Department
When the decision was made to purchase a new Ford F150 Crew Cab for the Coudersport Police Department, it started the wheels turning for some new graphic designs. The logo for the Coudersport Borough Police Department is displayed showing the Borough Seal from the late 1800s. The letters POLICE are displayed in large letters to show a highly visible force within the community, which goes along with the proactive policing of the force. The department has had many compliments on the way it looks. The design was done by a local graphics shop.
Judges’ Comments: The town name in cursive is balanced well with the POLICE lettering. The shield is just the right size. The striping and colors accent the vehicle nicely.
MUNICIPAL UNDER 10 OFFICERS, WEST
Carlton Police Department
The patrol vehicle design was created with Community Policing for Carlton, Ore. as the creative concept. The graphic “Carlton” is wrapped in the graphic POLICE on both sides of the patrol vehicle to represent Carlton PD’s motto of “Police and Community Together.” The motto is represented on both sides and the rear of the patrol vehicle. The town’s motto is represented on the rear view of the vehicle: “A Great Little Town.” The graphics are a professional black-and-gold color combination. They represent professionalism and approachability.
Judges’ comments: Good use of striping with the gold on black. We like the cursive “Carlton” lettering. The colors work well together, especially the outline on POLICE.
Cannon Beach Police Department
Cannon Beach, OR
When presented with the challenge to design the vehicle graphics for the Cannon Beach Police Department’s newest vehicle, a Ford Interceptor SUV, the department took the silhouette of Haystack Rock, a worldwide recognizable icon, and incorporated it into the vehicle graphics. They chose a cool color palette to reflect the colors of the community of Cannon Beach as well as the Oregon Coast: blue to represent the ocean that borders the west of the city, and varying shades of grey to represent the often overcast and foggy weather that dominates the climate year-round.
Judges’ Comments: The base colors of silver and blue pop with the focal point of the boulder/rock graphic. The lettering looks sharp.
Tushka Police Department
The design for the Tushka Police Department vehicles was chosen to keep the appearance of a tough Mopar with racing stripes, but the words POLICE in the right areas give it a professional appearance. The colors represent their uniforms—blue shirt and black with blue stripe. Reflective was not used because the vehicle is used as a DUI vehicle and needs to be unseen at night. Chief Bobby Smithart and Officer Troy Binnebose (Senior Patrolman) put the design together. This design and color is the only one in the area.
Judges’ comments: We like this color scheme and the outlines on the lettering. The striping doesn’t necessarily follow the body lines of the car, which makes it different in a good way.
Minerva Park Police Department
Minerva Park, OH
Minerva Park Police wanted to keep the same color scheme when they went to the new graphics design for their vehicles, a combined effort of the chief and the officers. The reflective graphics have two important functions. The first is for officer safety. The second is to readily identify the cruiser as a police vehicle at night. They decided to stay away from the traditional graphics to make their department’s cruiser stand out. The department has received numerous compliments from the community and fellow law enforcement agencies. The graphics portray a modern and professional image. The main aspect of the new graphics is how unique they are to this area and the professional image it displays.
Judges’ Comments: The fade on the striping looks cool and the gold/yellow really pops. We like that it has MPPD as the lettering; it’s simple and different.
MUNICIPAL 10 to 50 OFFICERS, EAST
Minooka Police Department
In 2012, Minooka Police contacted Tim Harmon of Harmonic Design, a local business, for a design that was modern and unique with officer safety and community policing as the primary concepts. Harmon kept the orange color scheme, which are the high school colors and included the Village of Minooka’s logo of the cityscape. The unique aspect about the design is on the front fender: The graphic has a reflective seven-point silver-star, containing the department’s shoulder patch in the middle. The shoulder patch not only bears the United States and Illinois flags, but it bears the department’s core values of Service, Pride and Probity.
Judges’ comments: These graphics are phenomenal; very modern and artistic-looking.
Simpsonville Police Department
This design was chosen to bring new life and a modern look to the Simpsonville Police Department. These colors were selected so as to have a subdued look. They didn’t want the vehicles to look flashy, but at the same time look intimidating. They used reflective material only for the gold borders and the patch of Simpsonville. The patch on the side of the vehicle was re-created to go with the vehicle’s design. Adam Randolph was the lead designer and has done the majority of the work. Other department employees had some input. The design itself is classy, but bold. One of the most important aspects of the design is the patch and the American flag on the sides of the vehicle.
Judges’ Comments: Great use of dark colors with the shadow effect and outline on the letters.
Ponce Inlet Police Department
Ponce Inlet, FL
The police vehicle for the Town of Ponce Inlet was redesigned in September 2012 by the Town Manager and sworn and civilian members of the police department. The new design is based on an actual photograph of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, a beautiful town landmark that is also the second-tallest brick lighthouse in the country. The design includes a rolling wave to represent Ponce Inlet’s barrier island community, which is bordered by stunning white-sand beaches. The waves are depicted using reflective material, both to increase vehicle visibility and to give the appearance of moving, color-shifting water when seen at night. The crisp, bold, easy-to-read lettering was chosen for maximum accessibility by all members of the town. Perhaps most importantly, the lighthouse is shown emitting bright gold rays of light, representing the sense of caring and safety the police department provides to this close-knit community.
Judges’ Comments: The lighthouse and wave graphics are not cartoonish; they look crisp, classy and really personalize the car to the local community.
MUNICIPAL 10 to 50 OFFICERS, WEST
Shrewsbury Police Department
The 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Utility was chosen after an exhaustive review of police models. All officers submitted feedback on all model and desired equipment. Officers gave high grades to the Ford Police Interceptor Utility all wheel drive, pursuit rating, storage capabilities and higher profile while seated.
Judges’ comments: Clean-looking, simple, good use of colors. This design strikes a good overall balance.
Central Point Police Department
Central Point, OR
The most current version of the Central Point Police Department patrol vehicles incorporates the iconic black-and-white paint scheme of cruisers past with high-definition images of local landmarks in the letters which make up POLICE. For the emergency lights, they chose baby-blue LED bulbs housed in a low-profile clear plastic lightbar to represent law enforcement and make the vehicles easily distinguishable from a distance. Both the driver and passenger rear panels and trunk lid have a thick, transparent protective film, which allows officers to search prisoners and fill out paperwork without concern for damaging the paint.
This design has received overwhelming support from the community and has been responsible for initiating numerous public contacts. The company responsible for assembling the cars is based in Salem, Ore., but they sent two drivers down Interstate-5 for the 500-mile roundtrip just to use the car as their display at various conferences.
Judges’ Comments: This design is very original with the graphics inside the lettering. A lot of thought went into this car and it really shows. We also like the placement of the patch.
Kelso Police Department
This design was chosen to replace Kelso PD’s old blue-and-white patrol units. They chose to go with a black car for future continuity. The Charger lends itself well to the design of the graphics, which also depict the department’s new uniform change to more subdued colors. There is still a blue aspect retained in the graphic to keep with their blue car heritage. Kelso is a city that shares a border with another city and it has always been important for their vehicles to stand out and be differentiated. The KELSO, 911 and POLICE are reflective on the sides and rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was completed by Cascade Networks in Longview, Wash. Kolor Werx in Portland, Ore. created the graphics.
Judges’ Comments: Good use of colors. We like the fading within the lines on the vehicle’s graphic design.
MUNICIPAL OVER 50 OFFICERS, EAST
Huntersville Police Department
In 2012, Huntersville PD made the switch to a solid black Dodge Charger. On the driver’s side door and passenger side door is the badge that each officer proudly wears as they utilize the ONE TEAM philosophy. On the back quarter panels is the CALEA emblem. All striping and letters are reflective to enhance the visibility to the motoring public. The vehicles are outfitted with multiple LED lights to enhance visibility when on the roadside or operating emergency traffic
Judges’ comments: Good color contrast; like the thicker stripe that follows the contour of the car. Good placement of the badge. Lettering is simple, yet bold.
Evansville Police Department
Evansville, IN PD formed a vehicle selection and design committee at the beginning of 2012. They selected street level officers and EVOC instructors, as well as a few members of the staff, including the Chief. The committee unanimously picked the Dodge Charger.
They made the design so it could be used on different models of vehicles, in case they changed vehicles in future years. The centerpiece of the vehicle is the “Thin Blue Line” racing stripe, representing that they are the thin line that keeps their community safe, as well as honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. They then carried this design into the word POLICE on the sides of the vehicles. The department’s patch, redesigned last year, was added to the front quarter panels.
Judges’ Comments: Simple, good use of colors with the stripe running down the middle of the roof and hood. We also like the placement of POLICE on the front bumper. This design is clean, balanced; sometimes less is more.
Greece Police Department
This graphic design was chosen because the department switched to the Chevy Caprice. With input from many officers, the color gray was selected to make the car more covert when responding to crimes in progress, and to make the design unique. The change was made from a patch on the side to a badge, a more recognizable symbol of authority and of the department. The badge almost has a 3D effect. As a tie to the community, Greece PD went back to their motto that was on their cars for many years, “Serve, Guide, and Protect.” A flag graphic was added to honor the country and a 9/11 tribute was placed on the rear of the vehicle.
Judges’ Comments: The American flag coming off the head lamp is unique. Good choice of colors and the graphics match the car’s body style well. The lettering almost looks 3D.
Garner Police Department
In 2012, the Garner Police Department introduced a new badge and transitioned to the Dodge Chargers for their primary patrol vehicle. The graphics for this design are unique in that they are the first law enforcement agency in the area to utilize the retro-reflective chevrons on the rear of the vehicle and both red-and-blue emergency lights for increased visibility and officer safety. The graphics are also unique because they represent a more modern vehicle while incorporating the town’s “A Great Place to Be” logo color scheme and design. The badge (including the three department values of “Commitment,” “Integrity” and “Professionalism”) and the CALEA logo show their commitment to meeting professional standards.
Judges’ Comments: The blue and yellow are a good color combination. The striping flows with the contour of the car. The shield/patch size is just right.
MUNICIPAL OVER 50 OFFICERS, WEST
Monroe Police Department
The design and color scheme was chosen by the Mayor, Chief of Police, and a committee of officers within the Monroe, LA Police Department. The vision was to modernize the marked unit graphics to complement the new developments in the city and its “Monroe Proud” motto. The graphic and two-tone selection is unique in that they extended the second color (white) along the side of the vehicle. The design meets all the requirements of CALEA to include reflective borders around POLICE and 911. The unit’s front license plate displays the department’s first-ever seal, which is also reflective.
Judges’ comments: Good use of the car’s area with the wraparound to the bumper. We like how the back end is three different colors. It looks like they took their time with this design, but it’s not too much.
Puyallup Police Department
With the end of the road for the Crown Victoria, the Puyallup Police Department made the decision to go with the Ford Police Interceptor SUV. In the department’s 122-year history, they have never had a black-and-white patrol car. A committee made up of officers came up with this design a few years ago. The direction they were given was to come up with a simple, clean and classic design. A “thin blue line” was also put in the design to honor the men and women serving in law enforcement across the country. The department’s values of SERVICE (service, ethics, respect, values, integrity, compassion, and excellence) were added to the rear corner panel along with the year 1890, which is the year the city was founded.
Judges’ Comments: This design is clean and we like how the blue line separates the name of the city and POLICE. It is eye-catching.
Pueblo Police Department
When redesigning their vehicles, Chief Luis Velez of the Pueblo, CO Police solicited input from all members of the department, sworn and civilian, but an outside submission made by John Skinner (Albuquerque, N.M. PD) was immediately and widely accepted as the best design. The graphics design includes several phrases that reflect “Pueblo Pride.” They include “Home of Heroes” honoring Pueblo’s Medal of Honor winners, and “Community and Country” reflecting their devotion to the citizens of their nation. The design includes reflective gold-and-silver decal materials, and Pueblo’s Sunrise logo replaces the “O” in Pueblo on the side and back of the car.
Judges’ Comments: The letter “O” in PUEBLO looks cool. The gold on black for labeling stands out. We like how the state name, along with the department’s motto and patch are incorporated into the design.
Addison Police Department
The Addison, Texas PD selected this design for their vehicles due to its uniqueness and enhanced built-in safety features. The town of Addison uses blue and silver on most of the town’s printed documents. Additionally, this particular shade of blue is used on several key landmarks located within the town such as the “Blue Prints” sculpture and their artistic designed bridge. To provide as much protection as possible, the entire graphics package is high-intensity reflective, utilizing 3M control tach reflective material with a 3M laminate covering. The addition of full rear chevrons extends down to the rear bumper. They added crash tape to the front bumper and graphics on the hood, which ties the entire package together. They also added a high-definition rendition of their challenge coin to the hood and sides of the vehicle, as well as a unique European-style italicized checker design, which now matches their motor units.
Judges’ Comments: The checkerboard design is busy but original. We like the bold POLICE lettering on the sides and hood of the car. It looks like it took a lot of work!
SHERIFF UP TO 25 DEPUTIES, EAST
Brantley County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Jack Whisenant came up with this design because he thought it was clean, classy, not too busy, and professional. He chose these colors to complement the color of the vehicle and stay as close as possible to the traditional golds and browns of the office of Sheriff. The sheriff and the owner of T&T Signs of Waynesville, Ga. worked together on the design. The star, which is the same star worn by Brantley County’s officers and shows their authority, is what makes this design both unique and professional.
Judges’ comments: The colors on this design are done right; the gold is classy-looking. We like the size of “911” and the size of the star. It is nice how they separated the name of the town and the SHERIFF lettering.
Union County Sheriff’s Office
Union County Sheriff’s new patrol cars will sport a new color scheme of gold, maroon and blue. In 2007, three of the local high schools consolidated into one high school, which meant the closing of two local schools in the county. This was very hard and disappointing for many residents in the county. The Sheriff decided to use the three main colors of all three schools in the vehicle design as a way to show unity within the entire county. Gold is one of the school colors for Union County High. Maroon represents the school color of Lockhart High and blue for Jonesville High. Renntech Graphic Designer Chad Gault and Sheriff Taylor put together the new stripe design.
Judges’ Comments: With lots of color, this design sticks out and is noticeable. The graphics are laid out well and follow the body lines of the Charger. This car is sleek!
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
Berkeley Springs, WV
The design on Morgan County Sheriff’s 2012 Chevy Caprice is known as “Ghost Striping.” It was chosen due to its ability to allow a marked cruiser to blend in with surrounding vehicles without being noticed. The striping is reflective. It is mostly silver, but it depends on the type and amount of light hitting it for the color that is reflected to be seen. It can be seen as gold as well. This design stems from a concept from another county in West Virginia, and it stays within the guidelines set forth by the West Virginia Sheriff’s Association. The overall design is a product of three different agencies’ ideas and contributions.
Judges’ Comments: With its ghosted lettering, this car looks more like a security vehicle than a police vehicle. The lines are basic, but sleek-looking. It is definitely stealthy!
SHERIFF UP TO 25 DEPUTIES, WEST
Faribault County Sheriff’s Office
Blue Earth, MN
This design makes the vehicle appear more streamlined and almost in motion while standing still. The colors that Faribault County chose were traditional browns and golds. The graphics were designed by a local graphics shop (Flatline Designs of Easton, MN) and the final design choice was made by Sheriff Mike Gormley and Chief Deputy Scott Adams. The graphics are unique because of the hood stripes and the way the graphic flows with the side of the vehicles.
Judges’ comments: Good mix of colors. We really like the fading and the flow of the design with the star incorporated into it.
Rush County Sheriff’s Department
The new design for Rush County Sheriff patrol units was chosen for its clean and identifiable markings. The design is also versatile for many other styles of markings. The Rush County Sheriff, his Deputies, along with Commercial Sign Co. in Hays, Kan., came up with the design together. The badge is a replica of the same badge that the Sheriff and his Deputies wear so proudly on their uniforms everyday.
Judges’ Comments: The lines and lettering are thin, which make for a simple, clean design. We like the personalized license plate in front.
SHERIFF OVER 25 DEPUTIES, EAST
Kent County Sheriff Department
Grand Rapids, MI
The Kent County Sheriff’s Department held a patrol car graphics design contest in 2012. The winning graphic was the new design the department would place on their new Chevy Caprice. That same design was placed on their Ford Expeditions, which are driven by their supervisors. The Sheriff decided on the design that the Traffic Unit submitted. It is extremely visible during both daytime and nighttime patrols. The yellow Sheriff star and decals contrast with the black Expedition, making the decal stand out even more.
Judges’ comments: This design uses the vehicle’s body panels well and the color scheme is sharp. It is simple and not overdone.
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s graphics design has been used on their vehicles for several years. The colors selected mirror those worn on their uniforms and really connect the vehicles to the community. What makes the design unique is the bold striping, yet the vehicle still maintains a conservative and professional appearance. The 3M reflective material really makes the vehicles highly visible and safe in low-light conditions. Everyone from patrol to executive level participated in the decision-making process. In 2013, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office will be celebrating its 250th Anniversary. This is reflected on their patrol vehicles with the decal “Since 1763” prominently displayed.
Judges’ Comments: A simple design, but the stripes flow well with the Charger’s body style. The colors are nice, conservative. We like the placement of “Since 1763” below SHERIFF.
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office has a long heritage with their green-and-white design. It’s how their community recognizes them. After running with the CVPI and same design for approximately 20 years, they switched to the Ford Interceptor Utility last year. They also changed their graphics to better match the new vehicle. The green stripes go back to their origin, but they added a shading of black into all the stripes, including hood stripes to blend with the black trim of the vehicle. The hood stripes also pull together the grille, roof trim, and side decal design.
Judges’ Comments: Great graphic design to match the tradition of the department. Good color scheme; looks clean. The striping coming off of the star looks sharp.
SHERIFF OVER 25 DEPUTIES, WEST
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Jerry Larpenter served four years in the United States Air Force as a law enforcement specialist/special force. The Sheriff, along with all deputies, are proud to not only display their new markings on their patrol cars but are extremely proud to show their patriotism to their Parrish, State and Country by displaying several American flags on each of their patrol cars and uniform patches. Only one flag is honored above all by the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office and that is the American flag.
Judges’ comments: We really like the flag and eagles on the hood. The lines are simple, clean. The markings on the back of the vehicle are balanced well.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
Castle Rock, CO
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle graphics tie into the shoulder patch worn by deputies. The sheriff came up with the idea to put the blue-and-black strip from the vehicles onto the current shoulder patch. The Sheriff also carried over the seven-point badge. Each point stands for a valuable character trait that spells out JUSTICE: Judgment, Unity, Skill, Trust, Ingenuity, Courage and Empowerment. On both sides of the patrol vehicles there is a blue and black swoop that appears on the uniform shoulder patch. The swoop designates the continual drive for service excellence and leadership in public safety. This swoop drives back into the words “Service Excellence,” which is a key part of their mission statement. On the black canvass, SHERIFF is set in large, gold, reflective lettering on both sides and the rear. The American flag is proudly affixed to the back of the vehicle as a reminder to the protection of this country and the Constitution.
Judges’ Comments: The blue on black stands out and is reflective at night. The gold lettering is very easy to read. This is a simple, smart design.
Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Beginning with his second term, Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton began the process of a uniform patch redesign that has become the centerpiece of the agency’s new patrol vehicle graphics. Assisting the Sheriff and his command staff was the Vehicle Equipment Advisory Panel. The 2012 Tahoe was picked for their patrol vehicle. The “Coin” and black material are non-reflective. The SHERIFF is done in white reflective tape with a thin black non-reflective border. The focal point of the 2012 Tahoe PPV is the use of the Sheriff’s Office “Coin” that incorporates the new patch.
Judges’ Comments: We like the placement of the department emblem/patch and the bold, black lines. The front looks “naked” but overall the design is professional-looking.
Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office
The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s current patrol vehicle design was chosen over two years ago by then newly elected Sheriff (David O. Livingston). To keep with the “traditional” look, the design committee kept the number of colors to a minimum. They felt that the gold coloring went well with their incoming fleet of black-and-white cars (cars were all-white previous to the new Sheriff). They felt that not only did their new graphics with black-and-white paint have a nice retro look, but they also would send a better message/ presence to the community. Credit also has to be given to Minnesota-based Grafix Shoppe for helping with the finalized product.
Judges’ Comments: This is a basic black-and-white design. It is bold, yet clean-looking.
FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES
Tennessee Highway Patrol
Chevrolet Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle with a 6.0L V8 355 horsepower engine was the chosen sedan by the Tennessee Highway Patrol for 2013. Taking into consideration the diverse geography of the state, the Whelen Liberty Lightbar is utilized for its ultra-intensive light output with low profile. The reflective material extends the full length of each side of the vehicle to increase visibility and improve officer safety. The black-and-cream paint scheme is a lifelong tradition highly recognizable by the citizens of the state.
Judges’ comments: The different color scheme is neat, and the design is simple but it works. We like how the state is incorporated into the lettering.
National Zoological Park Police
This design was chosen to present a dramatic image and be immediately identifiable as belonging to the Police of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park. Within the park, there are numerous emergency vehicles with the same type of vehicle and they wanted to distinguish and identify theirs as clearly POLICE. NZPP (National Zoological Park Police) maintain a professional appearance and conduct in all matters. They feel that this vehicle presents a professional image and is keeping with the highest traditions of the world’s premier museum system.
Judges’ Comments: We like the placement of the shield on the rear quarter panel. The wide POLICE lettering stands out and blends well with the bottom of the vehicle.
Constable Calhoun County Precinct 2
Port Lavaca, TX
In 2012, Constable Calhoun County Precinct 2 decided to go with the Dodge Charger for routine and patrol duties. They wanted a vehicle that was highly visible, stood out in a crowd, and screamed muscle car. Constable William Billings sat down with Mike Ward, owner of Eclipse Graphics and Design in Port Lavaca, Texas. Billings wanted to keep the design simple yet stand out. All graphics are outlined in white reflective material so the vehicle is still highly visible at night. The graphics’ simple design not only turns heads in the community but lets people know that they’re there to protect and serve.
Judges’ Comments: The graphics are simple, clean. We like the star/shield and department name on the hood.
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Wake Tech Campus Police Department
The Wake Tech Campus Police Department was created in 2012. They wanted a new take on the traditional black-and-white patrol car and to incorporate the school identity into the design. They chose a solid white Ford Interceptor and had it wrapped with black details, incorporating the school seal onto the hood. The white lettering is reflective as well as the outline of POLICE on the sides of the vehicle.
Judges’ comments: The split color scheme works well and we like how the emblem is integrated into the “O.” The design is simple, but the block lettering is unique. The graphics on the hood look impressive.
Millersville University Police Department
This design was made by one of Millersville University PD’s officers who is also a graphic designer. The design was chosen for its aggressive styling, clear message (previous design just had MUPD on the side of the vehicles), and color association with the university. Millersville University’s colors are black and gold. Their design for their police units is one of the most unique in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) System (the PASSHE logo is included in the design itself), and is one of the most unique in the county. The crown jewel of the design is the university’s crest, which has significant historic value to the department.
Judges’ Comments: Nice use of space, the graphics are clean and the crest is a nice size. The colors go well together and we like the safety striping on the back bumper.
University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department
Kansas City, KS
The University of Kansas Medical Center Police Department wanted to keep their vehicle design simple but noticeable. The department is separate from The University of Kansas Public Safety Office in Lawrence, Kan. The colors were chosen to reflect the school colors. Reflective colors were chosen for night patrol. The patrol captain and chief of police were involved in the design process. Graphics are unique due to the broken racing stripes going down the side to reflect the MOPAR Charger from the 1970 R/T models. The top-of-hood graphics reflect the indentions. The CALEA logo shows the department is held to a higher standard and one of four Kansas agencies recognized (first university in the state honored, 2012).
Judges’ Comments: Good use of graphics on the side, not too gaudy. The colors are patriotic. The traditional scallop design is simple but nice.
Iron River Police Department
Iron River, WI
Iron River PD chose this design because it is the logo for their Town Chamber of Commerce. Being a small town located in Northwestern Wisconsin partially located in the Chequamegon National Forest, they have a lot of seasonal visitors and tourist. Their design is unique to the area they police, with the trees and the river running between the words “Iron” and “River.” They involved all of their department and town board members, along with local businesses in the design decision. They utilized their local graphic design studio (Idea Design) to develop and install the graphics.