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2014 Police Vehicle Design Contest Winners

Written by Jennifer Gavigan

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 2014 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 2014 contest.

 

This year’s contest was judged by two law enforcement professionals and one industry professional: First Sergeant Bob Laco, Hobard, IN Police; Commander John Jungers, Carol Stream, IL Police; and Mike O’Herron, Vice President, Ray O’Herron Co. Inc.

 

The 2014 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.

 

GRAND PRIZE

 

North Carolina State University Police Department

Raleigh, N.C.

 

The North Carolina State University Police Department currently has two 2013 Dodge Chargers in its fleet. Red and white have been the primary colors of the University since 1895 and have been incorporated into the design. Black is a secondary color often used on various athletic uniforms, promotional items and the like. At the front of the Charger is the Police Department’s patch. Along the bottom of the vehicle are the words, NC State University, in the official type set of the University. The block “S”, with the letters N and C in the center, is located toward the rear and is one of the official University logos. Just behind the rear doors is the CALEA seal.

 

Judges’ comments: We like how the stripe is incorporated into the design of the car with the lines and along the door. The white with red is sharp, and the rear striping looks good, too. Overall, a clean, striking graphic design!

 

BEST FORD POLICE INTERCEPTOR SEDAN

 

Collier County Sheriff’s Department

Naples, FL

 

Collier County Sheriff chose to purchase a gray vehicle accented by black pushbars so it stands out less in traffic. Reflective “ghost” striping was used so the vehicle will be classified as a marked patrol car, yet hard to see during the day and highly visible at night when struck by light at certain angles. Those responsible for the design concept are members from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Safety and Traffic Enforcement Bureau, Fleet Management, Purchasing Department, and Public Relations Department.

 

Judges’ comments: The gray-on-gray color scheme with the stripe down the door and along the curve looks good.

 

BEST CHEVY CAPRICE

 

Justice Police Department

Justice, IL

 

Chief K.McDermott along with Deputy Chief M. Kurschner and Sgt. F. Schuerg all got together in early 2013 and accepted the task of selecting a design that was reflective of the Justice Police Department’s new direction. After going over several different designs, they put together some of each officer’s ideas to come up with the final design. They picked these colors and style of design to match their commitment and mission for the community and the department: Professionalism, Integrity and Pride.

 

Judges’ comments: The lettering stands out; the block font is easy to read with the white against the black. The flag on the front fender is a nice touch, as well as the blue line running along the side of the car.

 

BEST DODGE CHARGER

 

Orland Police Department

Orlando, FL

 

The Orlando Police Department has a 2013 6-cylinder Dodge Charger Marked Patrol Recruiting unit. The photo design on this vehicle is the Famous City Of Orlando Lake Eola city backdrop. This design was meant to represent the City Of Orlando and the Police Department for recruitment purposes.

 

Judges’ comments: The skyline makes the car’s design… it’s not too gaudy and the patch and shield still stand out. The POLICE lettering also pops even with the graphic of the city. Running lights look good, too.

 

BEST SUV

 

College of DuPage Police Department

Glen Ellyn, IL

 

This design was chosen to represent the colors of the college and the mascot. Reflective material was used to highlight the dynamics of the design and offer safety to the officer and other persons. The design was selected with input by police officers, students and school staff alike. The most significant aspect of the design is the forward motion indicating that College of DuPage is on the move to provide a better learning and creative environment that meets the needs of the community.

 

Judges’ comments: We like the use of the school colors (green & blue) and the striping. The bird head is unique. The POLICE lettering on an angle looks good.

 

BEST REAR WARNING

 

Carroll Township Police Department

Dillsburg, PA

 

In 2013, the Carroll Township Police Department updated their fleet of police vehicles by purchasing four new vehicles, two 2014 Ford Police Interceptor SUVs and two 2014 Ford Police Interceptor sedans. Officer Terry D. Williams had the responsibility to purchase, design, and outfit the new police vehicles. All lettering on the driver and passenger side of the vehicle, the department’s patch (which reflects the local Northern School District’s mascot “The Polar Bear”) and blue strip were designed to resemble the “thin blue line” and are reflective.

 

Judges’ comments: The blue and white striping on the back bumper jumps out at you. The POLICE lettering is big and bold, along with the city’s name.

 

 

BEST SWAT VEHICLE

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office

Houma, LA

 

The design was chosen because of the patriotism of Sheriff Jerry Larpenter. The colors match the Terrebonne Parish patrol officers’ uniforms. Reflective materials were used for increased visibility at night. Lee Whitney of Whitney Signs also helped with the design. The one aspect of the design is the numerous flags on the units. There are four American flags on the vehicle, with one being the large flag on the hood. This represents freedom in America, and Colonel Tommy Odom said law enforcement’s main function is to keep communities free and allow residents the freedom to work and raise a family in a safe environment.

 

Judges’ comments: This design has different SHERIFF markings and we like the SWAT logo on the front and back of the vehicle. Black lettering on green with a gold outline is sharp. The green color looks “bad ass.”

 

SECOND PLACE

 

Columbus Police Department

Columbus, GA

 

Several different department supervisors were involved in the input and design of the color of paint, the type of paint, and the reflective decal scheme of this vehicle to be utilized by the Columbus PD SWAT Team and Special Operations officers. The Chief had the final approval. It is a sharp, professional looking vehicle, and has been well received by the community. It makes a statement and provides much improved safety and security for the officers who must respond to these types of emergency calls.







Judges’ Comments: The big block lettering in white stands out against the black. We like the POLICE/SWAT logo on the door.

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Centralia Police Department

Centralia, WA

 

This 2005 MRAP was acquired as a replacement to Centralia PD’s current aging Peacekeeper armored vehicle. The chief decided to have the vehicle painted to match a lighting and graphics scheme on their other specialty vehicles. They chose not to use reflective materials in an effort to blend in better with its surroundings. The vehicle was painted by a local paint shop in accordance with the department philosophy and emphasis in community policing. They kept a tradition of displaying their shoulder patch on their vehicles and the block letters are more retro-style to match the rural community feel.

 

Judges’ Comments: The reflective POLICE lettering on the back with SWAT underneath it makes it easily identifiable. This is one sharp truck!

 

HONORABLE MENTION

 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Dallas, OR

 

The Polk County Inter Agency Special Response Team had an old armored 1970s-era bank vehicle until the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a Mine Resistant and Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP) from the US Army base at Joint Base Lewis McCord in Washington State. With help from local vendors and fabricators, they were able to convert the MRAP to hold all the members of the SRT team. Auto Additions of Salem, Ore. donated emergency lighting and other equipment to help outfit the MRAP for use during deployments. Volunteers helped paint the MRAP to its original color and simple, yet effective lettering was also put on all sides on the MRAP.

 

Judges’ Comments: Black on tan looks good; they did a decent job with the design considering all the bars on the vehicle. The star on the door is a nice accent.

 

BEST SUPPORT VEHICLE, COMMAND POST, CSI VEHICLE

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Galveston Police Department

Galveston, TX

 

The original goals of the design centered on making the markings unique, so at first glance you would know that vehicle was a Galveston unit. The colors of the striping are derived from the colors on their patch: the field of blue represents the law enforcement brotherhood. The gold lettering (which is also all reflective) is indicative of the “golden mean” used to symbolize balance and justice in ancient Greece, and the American flag, which acts as a reminder that no matter the city or state, we all serve one country, indivisible. Finally, the statement, “Protect with Respect” advertises their promise to the citizens and visitors of the community of Galveston to do just that.

 

Judges’ comments: Even though it’s a semi-truck/trailer, we like the color scheme. POLICE is big, bold, and identifiable. The flag and shield are integrated into the design well by having the large blue stripe turn into the flag on the end. 

 

SECOND PLACE

 

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office

Houma, LA

 

The design was chosen because of the patriotism of Sheriff Jerry Larpenter. The colors match the Terrebonne Parish patrol officers’ uniforms. Reflective materials were used for increased visibility at night. Lee Whitney of Whitney Signs also helped with the design. The one aspect of the design is the numerous flags on the units. There are four American flags on the vehicle, with one being the large flag on the hood. This represents freedom in America, and Colonel Tommy Odom said law enforcement’s main function is to keep communities free and allow residents the freedom to work and raise a family in a safe environment.

 

Judges’ Comments: The gold and black colors look good together. The name of the agency is big; star on the door and the back are not elaborate but stand out. You know what it is when it’s coming down the road!

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Rowlett Police Department

Rowlett, TX

 

The Rowlett Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Support vehicle is a non-armored GMC C5500 truck. The SWAT truck design scheme was intended to be subdued yet immediately recognizable as a police vehicle. The truck is painted all black with gray graphics and lettering and has a minimal emergency light package. The graphics are the Rowlett Police Department’s TRI-Patch (the historical Departmental patches) and the Special Weapons and Tactics team patch. The lettering on the SWAT patch stands for “Speed, Surprise and Violence of Action,” the core tenants of the Team.

 

Judges’ Comments: The color scheme blends well with the steel fabrication on the truck. We love the logos on the sides and how they have a faded/shadow effect.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

 

Green Bay Police Department

Green Bay, WI

 

This overall truck package and appearance was designed by and chosen by the GBPD Dive Team members. They specifically included the thin blue line to represent the law enforcement heritage of this team. The flowing line, from front to rear, gives the appearance of speed and swiftness, which embodies the unit. The Dive Team symbol was designed by a dive team member and unique to the team. This graphic design best defines the team: professional, courageous, selfless, and honorable.

 

Judges’ Comments: Simple design, nice use of colors, easy to read, recognizable. The thin blue line with the silver is classy.

 

BEST COMMUNITY RELATIONS (DARE, GREAT)

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department

Dadeville, AL

 

This design was chosen to represent the county public schools in Tallapoosa County: Dadeville High School (Tigers), Horseshoe Bend School (Generals), and Reeltown High School (Rebels). The colors match the colors of each school. This is a wrap design and reflective material was not used due to cost. This vehicle is a 2007 Dodge Charger confiscated during a drug seizure and is used in the schools by the School Resource Officers to appeal to the children of each school and used in drug awareness education programs.

 

Judges’ comments: The tail of the tiger down the back and the paw prints on the roof are great. We like how they incorporated the three schools with the different colors and mascots on the car.  A lot of detail went into this car!

 

SECOND PLACE

 

The Colony Police Department

The Colony, TX

 

The 2009 Ford Mustang got its start with The Colony Police Department as one of the undercover narcotics vehicles. It was later turned over to the School Resource Officer. The Colony High School and the SRO started fundraising efforts to wrap the vehicle in the high school’s colors of black and gold. The Cougar Nation mascot head was incorporated onto the hood along with the cougar stretched across the side. The Colony Police Department’s patrol vehicle graphics were also added in The Colony’s colors of blue and white. Pigment Press in the bordering city of Lewisville, Texas, helped bring this project to life.

 

Judges’ Comments: The graphics are cool, very detailed on the hood and back end corners. We like how the school mascot is incorporated into the design. Very good artist/airbrush work!

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Benton Police Department

Benton, AR

 

The 2012 Ford Mustang was added to the Benton Police’s fleet with the addition of the School Resource Sergeant position for the 2013-2014 school year. The vehicle was purchased with drug seizure funds. Chief Kirk Lane and Sgt. Lisa Stuart worked with a local company, Big Impressions Graphics, to wrap the vehicle. They chose to incorporate the school colors, maroon and gray, and school mascot, the Panther, into the design. The mascot logo was designed by students in the High School Art Club.

 

Judges’ Comments: This graphic design and color scheme are done well; subtle yet striking. It’s different and something you don’t see everyday… plus it’s on a Mustang! 

 

HONORABLE MENTION

 

Boise Police Department

Boise, ID

 

The Boise Police call it “the pink car” but in reality, it’s a bold mix of bright pink on a black Charger that’s drawn significant attention to an issue facing Boise Police families and many others—breast cancer. Created by the artists at Trademark Signs, the design follows regular patrol car markings but in shades of pink. Boise Police partnered with a local hospital to pay for the design’s production. Boise Police wanted to show the department’s support for awareness of breast cancer, treatment and prevention in a bold, unique, and visible way.

 

Judges’ Comments: Great use of pink on a black car. The ribbon on the hood and back make it easily recognizable to promote breast cancer awareness.

 

BEST MOTORCYCLE

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Village of Greendale, WI

Greendale, WI

 

The Village of Greendale in Wisconsin celebrated its 75th birthday this year. The graphics depict the original row housing (in a Sepia style to add to the historical appearance) that were erected when the Village was created and are still in use today. They have the Police patch on the gas tank and also used the department’s new logo on the faring and tour pack to incorporate the old with the new. They added reflective striping and detailing, plus the riders’ names to personalize the bike and help promote personalized interactions with citizens. The idea for the design was a collaboration between police personnel and a local graphics company.

 

Judges’ comments: The mural/artwork on the gas tank looks cool. Basic black lettering is traditional and gives an old-school feel.

 

SECOND PLACE

 

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office

Houma, LA

 

The design was chosen because of the patriotism of Sheriff Jerry Larpenter. The colors match the Terrebonne Parish patrol officers’ uniforms. Reflective materials were used for increased visibility at night. Lee Whitney of Whitney Signs also helped with the design. The one aspect of the design is the numerous flags on the units. There are four American flags on the vehicle, with one being the large flag on the hood. This represents freedom in America, and Colonel Tommy Odom said law enforcement’s main function is to keep communities free and allow residents the freedom to work and raise a family in a safe environment.

 

Judges’ Comments: This is a simple design, but the graphics are done well on the Spyder. It’s non-traditional, seamless.

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Winter Garden Police Department

Winter Garden, FL

 

The Winter Garden PD’s motor officers and several supervisors, by committee, all took part in the redesign of the motorcycle graphics. The motorcycle came from Harley with the two-tone paint, but was taken to a local emergency equipment company to have the graphics and emergency equipment added. All of the graphics were designed specifically for the department. The reflective lettering adds additional safety for the motor officers when they operate their motorcycles in low-light conditions. Not wanting to be normal, the Chief had the equipment boxes painted to match the primary color of the motorcycle.

 

Judges’ Comments: The white on top of the wheel and below the windshield stands out. We like the pinstriping and how the badge is incorporated into the design.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

 

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Tampa, FL

 

The look of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s decal scheme was redesigned in 2004 when David Gee was first elected to Sheriff. The chosen design provided the office with a fresh and modern image with which the citizens of Hillsborough County could relate. Green and Gold have been the chosen colors used by the agency throughout its long history. These two colors are still used today to portray a recognizable image to the citizens of Hillsborough County. Reflective material is used on the patrol vehicles to provide added safety during operation at night.

 

Judges’ comments: Plain, simple, elegant. Nothing elaborate, just enough striping with the logo makes the design look consistent throughout the bike.  

 

 

BEST OFF-ROAD VEHICLE

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Daviess County Sheriff’s Office

Owensboro, KY

 

The image of a Kneeling Knight is key to a new design for the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office. The image is accompanied by the Latin “Ingenio Vir Bellator Corde Servi” (Skill of a Warrior, Heart of a Servant). Since it is bold, it sets a high mark for the Deputies. With such a bold image, the agency’s deputies work hard to back it up, firstly by truly seeing themselves as Servants and by training very hard to develop strong, fundamental skills with their weapons.

 

Judges’ comments: The diamond plate pattern in the lettering really stands out in silver. The star/shield is impressive, and the rivets are eye-catching, too!

 

SECOND PLACE

 

Sandy Springs Police Department

Sandy Springs, GA

 

Sandy Springs PD chose this design to give a new look and higher visibility from that of the older county police cars. The colors were selected to make the car stand out, particularly the blue with white bordered stripe. The original design was that of their first chief, Chief Gene Wilson. The original startup group of SSPD officers (12) voted on the design. The design was easily identifiable to the public, and it is considered professional because of its simplicity. The blue/white bordered stripe represents the “blue line” of law enforcement.

 

Judges’ Comments: The blue-and-black color scheme stands out with the white accents. The angle of the stripe through the letterings catches your eye.

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Lancaster Police Department

Lancaster, KY

 

This vehicle design was envisioned by Officer Ryan Hughes and completed By Scott Kennedy of New Horizon Graphics in Somerset, Ky. with input from Chief Kidd. All of the graphics are high-visibility reflective. The shield seen on both sides is identical to the ones worn by their officers and denotes the title of the officer to which the vehicle is assigned. This is very unique to the area, as is the diagonal hatched stripes, which add to the visibility both day and night. This vehicle depicts the wounded warrior project logo and is used to remind everyone of those who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for our freedoms.

 

Judges’ Comments: The white in the color scheme makes the vehicle stand out as law enforcement. The flag fits well on the back. We like POLICE on the front fender.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

 

Readington Township Police Department

Whitehouse Station, NJ

 

The design was a collaborative effort between officers and administration of the police department. The final design incorporated the black-and-gray color theme, which coordinates with their uniforms and newly designed patrol vehicles. The carbon fiber is something not typically seen on a police vehicle and gives a nice WOW factor. Although the carbon fiber does not show well in the photos, it really pops and draws attention when seen in person. The red reflective outline gives high visibility. The brushed aluminum plate in the rear draws attention to the Readington Police name.

 

Judges’ Comments: For the amount of “real estate” on this vehicle, they took good advantage of it, even putting POLICE on the windshield. They made a golf cart look like a mini-Humvee.

 

 

BEST VINTAGE POLICE VEHICLE

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Herington Police Department

Herington, KS

 

The Herington chief of police had a 1967 Dodge Coronet 440 restored into a vintage Herington police car for use in parades, car shows, and other special events. They used a traditional black-and-white color scheme and all the equipment on the car is correct for the time period, even down to 1960s coins in the coin tray. They utilized actual obsolete HPD door emblems on the car and also have a vintage HPD police chief badge on an old uniform shirt inside the car. A graphics arts company did rear window signs that read, “Serving Our Community Past & Present.”

 

Judges’ comments: This is an old-fashioned police car with the whip antenna and the radar on the side. Nothing fancy, just traditional… we like the “cherry on top” (siren)!

 

SECOND PLACE

 

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office

Bedford City, VA

 

The 1966 Ford Custom was chosen by the Deputy Sheriff’s Association to build as a department show car. The vehicle represents the first vehicle purchased by the State/County for officers. Many members of the Department, County mechanics and citizens helped to complete this vehicle. The car has the correct period emergency light, siren, and two-way radio. This vehicle is used with the school programs, parades, and other department functions.

 

Judges’ Comments: The brown color scheme and the brown rims look nice for a SHERIFF car. We like how the logo is incorporated into the body line of the car.

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Orleans Police Department

Orleans, MA

 

In 1987, Lt. John Fitzpatrick and the Orleans Police Relief Association were able to locate and restore a 1946 Chevrolet Fleetmaster police cruiser, which is reminiscent to the department’s first cruiser. In 1946, the town’s first full-time patrolman, Joseph “Jack” Higgins was appointed police chief, and he, along with full-time officers, used this cruiser until 1955 when the department took ownership of a new Belair four-door. This car has led every parade since 1988, and is commonly parked in front of the police station (not on inclement days!).

 

Judges’ Comments: This is an old-school, tough, gangster-style police car. The whitewall tires are sharp.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

 

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Columbus, OH

 

The distinctive markings on every Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) vehicle were carefully selected to remain consistent with the historic image of the Highway Patrol, while still taking advantage of the modern lines on new enforcement vehicles. The centerpiece to the graphical design of each vehicle is the federally trademarked OSHP Flying Wheel logo. The logo has become iconic to the OSHP and is readily identifiable by the public. In conjunction with the Flying Wheel on each vehicle, the markings on each vehicle are clear and precise in their location and appearance.

 

Judges’ Comments: Even though it’s on a convertible, the logo with the wings is the traditional Ohio State Highway Patrol and looks great.  

 

 

MUNICIPAL UNDER 10 OFFICERS, EAST

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Wingate Police Department

Wingate, NC

 

While working with a local vehicle graphics company, the Wingate Police Department chose the new graphics for their police vehicles. With the new design, Wingate PD decided to use three colors, white, black and a dark blue. The chosen white that is used in the “W” matches the color of their white police vehicles. During the day, the white “W” is almost unnoticeable; however, at night because the graphics are made of reflective material, the white “W” along with the other colors offer an interesting, unique, and safe design. The new uniform patch is also located on the front fenders.

 

Judges’ comments: The reflective “W” is sharp and really stands out! The name of the town and POLICE are big, which makes it easily identifiable. The pinstripe offsets the lettering and looks good. The overall design is clean.

 

SECOND PLACE

 

Whispering Pines Police Department

Whispering Pines, NC

 

The department decided on the primary color of the vehicle to be metallic gray, which would replace the existing silver patrol vehicles. The department decided to utilize their previous graphic colors of black and blue since they seemed to flow well with the new vehicle color choice. VLO Signs & Graphics in Sanford, N.C. assisted with designing the graphics. The graphic design was a unique custom design and it turned out to be a perfect match for the metallic gray Charger.

 

Judges’ Comments: We like the color scheme and how the town name is at the bottom of the door. Not overly done, the POLICE on the hood and the shield on the side are nice touches.

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Lake Park Police Department

Lake Park, GA

 

The City of Lake Park purchased two 2014 Dodge Chargers this year. The goal for the new vehicles was to be safe and visible to all citizens. The color silver was chosen and the officers selected the design of the patrol units. The new bold design using reflective decals ensured the citizens would see the patrol units patrolling their neighborhoods as well as enforcing traffic laws on the highway. The front fender displays a replica of their police patch. The patch also has their motto imprinted on it: “Georgia’s Southern Gateway City.”

 

Judges’ Comments: The different color scheme of blue and green on a silver car is sharp. We like that it’s reflective at night as all green.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

 

New Lisbon Police Department

New Lisbon, WI

 

The New Lisbon Police Department made the transition from the Ford Crown Victoria to the Ford Taurus in 2013. They were looking to incorporate their American Pride in their color selections, and as an agency all agreed that Red, White and Blue was a must. Their long-time graphics company, Gawronski Signs, designed and installed the graphics. The police department is four miles from a military base and what better way to show support to the United States of America, than by displaying Red, White and Blue!

 

Judges’ Comments: This graphic design is different and looks good on the new Ford Taurus body style. The lettering is big and bold so it definitely stands out as a POLICE car.  

 

MUNICIPAL UNDER 10 OFFICERS, WEST

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis Police Department

Venice, IL

 

The Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis’ jurisdiction encompasses both the Illinois and Missouri region for Railway traffic. The design was fashioned to feature the region they work in and specific to The Terminal Railroad Association. The Gateway arch stands as the iconic monument symbolizing the westward expansion of the United States. The westward expansion was driven by the booming railroad industry and this is why they incorporated the Gateway Arch into the police vehicle logos.

 

Judges’ comments: The iconic St. Louis arch is incorporated into the design well, especially with the POLICE lettering. It’s easily identifiable and good use of colors; simple, not too much.

 

SECOND PLACE

 

Enterprise Police Department

Enterprise, KS

 

The Enterprise Police Department used social media to solicit votes from citizens allowing them to pick from multiple designs and color choices. In the end, they chose a design and small adjustments were made to accommodate vehicle make. Citizens also cast walk-in votes. This design beat three others. They are a very small department and only had approximately $200.00 to design, install, and fund the decals for the car. The car itself was a used vehicle purchased from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

 

Judges’ Comments: The POLICE on the hood in the stripe looks good with the dark colors, especially the flat black. They did a lot with a limited budget.  

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Colorado City Police Department

Colorado City, TX

 

This particular design was created when Colorado City PD purchased a 2012 Charger and had to deal with their unique body lines. The colors chosen represent the colors of the local school, Colorado ISD. The graphics are non-reflective due to the need for covert patrol and surveillance. The design was submitted by Patrol Officer Nick Holbrook for the 2012 Charger and was slightly modified to fit the Ford SUV. The graphics link the police department to the community. In addition to using the school colors, the Wolf head is representative of the school district’s mascot.

 

Judges’ comments: The black and red stripe on the POLICE lettering is different. It’s easily identifiable with the black-and-white color scheme.  

 

 

MUNICIPAL 10 to 50 OFFICERS, EAST

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Hyattsville City Police Department

Hyattsville, MD

 

The Hyattsville City Police cruiser has had the same design for over 25 years. The officers felt that the look of the cruisers should reflect the advancement of the entire department. The initial designs for the new vehicle were submitted by a young patrol officer. The designs were circulated through the department and the favorites were chosen. A committee made up of officers of multiple ranks then tweaked the information displayed and the color scheme to fit the current standards. The graphics on the vehicle are made of reflective material.

 

Judges’ comments: We really like how the stripe goes from dark to light blue. The fading in the lettering blends well with the badge/shield. Nice, clean profile.

 

SECOND PLACE

 

Trenton Police Department

Trenton, MI

 

The Trenton Police wanted a new stand-out graphic design that reflected the new attitude and commitment of the department. The graphics are made from UV-resistant 3M materiel. All the text is reflective. The badge graphic is their actual badge design. The most significant aspect of the new design is the badge number “2968.” Every patrol vehicle shares this same badge number. The reason for this is that the Trenton Police Department has only had one officer killed in the line of duty. The badge number reflects the date 2-9-68, which is the date that Officer Pare lost his life in the line of duty. They honor him with this design, and make sure his sacrifice is not forgotten.

 

Judges’ Comments: The fading of the blue in the striping is a nice effect. We like the old-school detective badge. POLICE and the reflective hash marks on the back show up well. 

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Graymoor-Devondale Police Department

Louisville, KY

 

The Graymoor-Devondale PD selected these colors because they are easy to recognize and contrast nicely; reflective material was used for additional night visibility. The chief, deputy chief, and the sergeant overseeing their small fleet collaborated on the design. This design is unique, functional and professional because it is much different than the other agencies in the area. The important lettering is large and easy to read, plus the design is simple and uncluttered. The vehicle color (gray) is appropriate because of the name of the city.

 

Judges’ Comments: Plain, simple, traditional. The yellow/gold color for the lettering really pops. The striping from the back to midway looks sharp.  

 

HONORABLE MENTION

 

Berlin Police Department

Berlin, MA

 

The Berlin Police Department needed a new design for their Interceptor SUV. The color scheme was chosen to match the department’s unmarked vehicle and the graphic scheme was designed to be simple yet different. The mainly black-and-white graphic colors were chosen to blend with the low-profile design of the vehicle, while adding a touch of blue to highlight the graphics.

 

Judges’ Comments: The black with dark gray and just a hint of blue looks sleek. It’s minimal but sets off the body line. The POLICE and town name are big and bold.    

 

 

MUNICIPAL 10 to 50 OFFICERS, WEST

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Fremont Police Department

Fremont, NE

 

In selecting a new style, Fremont PD looked at changing to black and white cruisers. Officers’ and staff provided input on a design and this one was chosen as they were able to include the department emblem and motto. The colors were chosen because they seemed to fit well with the black background of the car. The material is reflective to provide clear identification during the nighttime hours.

 

Judges’ comments: The blue on black design really stands out and catches your eye. The seal and badge on the front are just the right size.  

 

SECOND PLACE

 

Rifle Police Department

Rifle, CO

 

This design was selected in honor of the centennial of Rifle, Colo. in 2005. The town name originated from a rifle left against a tree by what is now Rifle Creek. The symbol of the rifle is a point of pride for the residents of Rifle. The black-and-white color scheme was used as an easily identifiable police vehicle. The rifle itself, as well as the large POLICE on the side, are made from reflective material, and are easily seen at night. The design is unique, and tied to the community as it is a very clear reflection of the town.

 

Judges’ Comments: The rifle graphic in the design is great; especially with the reflective striping at night. It is unique, something you don’t see. Not over the top, either.  

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Boerne Police Department

Boerne, TX

 

The Boerne Police Department’s new design was selected by Chief Kohler. He stayed with the same colors of red, white and blue to match the design of the one being used on the older Crown Vics. The centerpiece is dark blue, which fades into a lighter blue. The blues are outlined by a solid red stripe that brings it all together. The colors are consistent with what is used on their uniform patch, which is part of the design and attached on the front fenders of the vehicles. The markings are made of 3M reflective material.

 

Judges’ Comments: This design fits the car well. Nice use of colors with the red, white, blue color scheme—very patriotic!

 

HONORABLE MENTION

 

Cleburne Police Department

Cleburne, TX

 

A committee of Patrol Sergeants, Corporals and Officers was selected to come up with ideas for the Cleburne PD’s new vehicle design. The committee wanted to include the color blue, a color known to police officers representing the thin blue line. They also wanted the design to incorporate the department’s new badge design. The design is highly visible with reflective material utilized on the sides and reflective blue and red bands on the rear of the vehicle. The most important aspect of the vehicle design was the phrase “Protect and Serve,” which is the simple version of their complete mission statement “To protect and serve Cleburne.”

 

Judges’ Comments: The blue on black is subtle, yet the red-and-blue rear striping makes the car look more high-profile.

 

 

MUNICIPAL OVER 50 OFFICERS, EAST

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Kentwood Police Department

Kentwood, MI

 

The design of the Kentwood Police patrol Dodge Charger was officer chosen. A key design element in choosing the graphics was an idea by two officers to restructure the badge decal on the car to incorporate the City of Kentwood seal in the center of the badge. Black reflective graphics are used on all the cars. Several arrests have been made by officers as they were able to covertly approach offenders in an actual marked/reflective police car. The gray traffic car has been nicknamed the “Ghost Charger” by citizens throughout the City.

 

Judges’ comments: The ghost lettering in gold against the dark blue looks stealth. Lettering is bold, easy to read. We like the placement of the badge, too. This is one sharp police car!

 

SECOND PLACE

 

Livonia Police Department

Livonia, MI

 

In 2012, Livonia PD transitioned their police car graphics to honor Officer Larry Nehasil, as well as three other Livonia officers, who were killed in the line of duty. The small badges at the rear of the vehicle are draped with mourning bands and bear the unique badge numbers of each of the fallen officers. Underneath are the words, “Never Forgotten.” A blue contrasting stripe is offset from the centerline of the car so when an officer sits behind the wheel he/she embodies “the thin blue line.” The “blue line” graphic was inspired by the blue laser light used in the candlelight vigil, during Police Week, at the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C.

 

Judges’ Comments: The “Never Forgotten” and badges honoring the fallen officers with the thin blue line running through them are very symbolic. This is an impressive color scheme and graphic design.

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Lexington Division of Police

Lexington, KY

 

The agency transitioned to the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor in 2012 after the Ford Crown Victoria (FCV) was discontinued. The color scheme and styling were kept but the striping had to accommodate new convex and concave curves along the side panels of the car. The trunk had a larger area to cover so “Lexington” was added and “POLICE” made larger. The design now flows seamlessly to the front grille of the vehicle where the previous design stopped at the headlamps.

 

Judges’ Comments: The striping wraps all the way around the car, which is unique. The lettering is big and bold. We like how it incorporates the blue line in the center. 

 

 

MUNICIPAL OVER 50 OFFICERS, WEST

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Galveston Police Department

Galveston, TX

 

As the first police department in the state, Galveston PD is heavily rooted in tradition and history, and the colors of the striping are derived from the colors on their patch: the field of blue represents the law enforcement brotherhood that those who wear the badge are all a part of, the gold lettering (which is also all reflective) is indicative of the “golden mean” used to symbolize balance and justice in ancient Greece, and the American flag, which acts as a reminder that no matter the city or state, we all serve one country, indivisible. “Protect with Respect”, above the flag, advertises their promise to the citizens and visitors of the community of Galveston to do just that.

 

Judges’ comments: The red, white & blue color scheme is very patriotic. The blue stripe flowing into the flag at the back of the vehicle is unique.

 

SECOND PLACE

 

The Colony Police Department

The Colony, TX

 

The Ford SUV Police Interceptor is the new addition to The Colony Police Department’s fleet after the decommissioning of the Crown Victoria. After the tally of votes, it was clear that the officers wanted their new vehicles to become all black, but keep with the original lettering and graphics. All lettering is reflective on the sides and back along with the amber and black stripes on the rear of the vehicle. The lettering and graphics tie in with the city flag design of having The Colony with Texas printed across the bottom accented with the Texas Star.

 

Judges’ Comments: We like the Texas lettering with the star as the “x”…as well as the red city seal in the shape of the state.  The faded blue stripe is eye-catching, too.

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Shawnee Police Department

Shawnee, KS

 

The design evolved in 2012 with acquisition of new Ford Police Interceptors. The graphic lines were “smoothed” and the lettering changed to a more contemporary font. In 2014, in an effort to enhance visibility and officer safety, reflective graphics were incorporated into the POLICE lettering on the primary door graphic, as well as the linear “City of Shawnee” designator on the rear. The patrol unit number with Shawnee “S” prefix was added to the roof based on recent, and more frequent, operations with airborne assets.

 

Judges’ Comments: This is a simple design, but it pops. The striping on the angle fits the car perfectly. The silver outline around the POLICE lettering is classy and stands out.  

 

HONORABLE MENTION

 

Caldwell Police Department

Caldwell, ID

 

The Caldwell Police Department decided that a new design and new colors were needed after acquiring four 2013 Ford Police Interceptor SUVs. The vehicles are tied to the community since the distinctive “swoop” on the vehicles represents Indian Creek in Caldwell. Reflective material was used because, since the vehicles are black, they needed to be seen at night. The vehicles were made more personal by adding the Caldwell Police Department logo on the hood of the vehicles. An additional aspect of the design that is significant is the unit number on the roof of each vehicle, as well as on the front bumpers.

 

Judges’ Comments: We like the logo on the hood—that is sharp! The blue on black is easy to read; the swooping stripe with the big POLICE lettering in white sets off the black of the vehicle.

 

SHERIFF UP TO 25 DEPUTIES, EAST & WEST

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Benewah County Sheriff

St. Maries, ID

 

Sheriff Dave Resser wanted a bold new design that would be readily identifiable and uniquely Benewah County. The sheriff, the administrative officers, and the patrol deputies were involved and designs were posted to the Sheriff’s Facebook page for public comment. One design was overwhelmingly chosen by the citizens. A subdued silhouette of a bull elk along with mountains and trees span the lower section while a custom reflective door star and bold SHERIFF stand out in green and gold to match not only the uniforms worn by the agency but also the colors of the local school sports teams.

 

Judges’ comments: The black mural/graphic matches the black rims. The SHERIFF lettering in gold stands out, as well as the star/shield. We love the elk graphic on the door!

 

SECOND PLACE

 

Coosa County Sheriff’s Office

Rockford, AL

 

Sheriff Terry Wilson decided to utilize a gun-metal gray vehicle with gold accents. The Sheriff’s star was retained and incorporated into a gold reflective swoosh. This design was unlike any in the surrounding area, although some have since used a similar look. The design is distinctive, highly visible, and clean. Deputies appreciate the fact that when they arrive on the scene, there is no doubt who they are and that they have the best-looking vehicle there.

 

Judges’ Comments: The gold on the dark gray really jumps out at you. We like the angle of the striping and the placement of the star. The Sheriff’s name on the car is a nice touch.  

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Hickory County Sheriff’s Office

Hermitage, MO

 

This design was picked by several Hickory County Sheriff officers because the department had the old block-style letters and needed to be updated. This graphic follows the lines of the car. It is functional due to the colors and the contrast they have with the car’s colors. They used a local graphics company, Vinyl Works, owned by Matt Ginnings out of Hermitage, Mo.  

 

Judges’ Comments: A unique design with the honeycomb graphic in the striping; flows well with the lines of the vehicle. Nice color scheme with that shade of blue.   

 

 

SHERIFF OVER 25 DEPUTIES, EAST & WEST

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Bingham County Sheriff’s Office

Blackfoot, ID

 

The American Flag is a symbol to which we all pay tribute; it is a symbol, which represents those who came before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice. It was important to Bingham County Sheriff that the flag flow toward the rear of the vehicle, representing a charging flag, because they are answering the call for service. They also included the Eagle to represent the freedom law enforcement officers strive to protect everyday.

 

Judges’ comments: The accent on the SHERIFF and county name lettering make it look shiny and almost 3D. The American flag/eagle graphic is great.    

 

SECOND PLACE

 

Wood County Sheriff’s Department

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

 

Sheriff Thomas Reichert revamped the Wood County Sheriff’s squad graphics with staff including administration, EVOC instructors, and patrol deputies. The current design pays homage to a previous graphics package used years ago. With a new color scheme and an increased emphasis on the SHERIFF marking, the squads appear more visible, professional, modern, and readily identify the vehicle as being a Wood County Sheriff’s Department vehicle.

 

Judges’ Comments: The thin blue line runs through the SHERIFF lettering and star, and it’s just the right size. A simple, yet very sleek design.   

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Daviess County Sheriff’s Office

Owensboro, KY

 

The Image of a Kneeling Knight is key to a new design for Daviess County Sheriff’s Office. The Image is accompanied by the Latin “Ingenio Vir Bellator Corde Servi” (Skill of a Warrior, Heart of a Servant). They feel the image immediately conveys a Servant, but one who is prepared and very capable of protecting. With such a bold image, Daviess County Sheriff’s deputies work hard to back it up, firstly by truly seeing themselves as Servants and by training very hard to develop strong fundamental skills with their weapons.

 

Judges’ Comments: The image of the knight with the shield makes the car! Nicely done with the color scheme and lettering.  

 

HONORABLE MENTION

 

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department

Belleville, IL

 

Sheriff Richard Watson believes law enforcement should step up its role in preventing violent crimes. Therefore, choosing the black and reflective gold was an easy decision. This vehicle stands out anywhere it goes. No other agency in Southern Illinois has a vehicle like this. Sheriff Watson’s vision is to have this vehicle in front of as many schools and public places as possible with Deputy Matt Dobler and his Explosive K-9 partner “NITRO” patrolling inside. When this vehicle is parked, a person would have to think twice before committing any crime.

 

Judges’ Comments: The deep gold on black is striking and really stands out. The shield/star connected to the striping is a bold effect, too.

 

 

FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Delaware Capitol Police

Dover, DE

 

This graphic design is for the Delaware Capitol Police’s new fleet of Police Interceptor Sedans, which are replacing Crown Victorias. The specific shade of blue is only used in Delaware by the Division of Capitol Police. Reflective material was used on the sides and the rear. The logo on the side of the vehicle includes the Delaware state seal, and outline of the state of Delaware and Legislative Hall. This logo represents the Division of Capitol Police’s current state-wide mission as well as the Division’s origins as security for the state capital.

 

Judges’ comments: The unique design shows up well and really pops with the bright colors. Nicely done!    

 

SECOND PLACE

 

Tennessee Highway Patrol

Nashville, TN

 

Ford Police Utility Interceptor Vehicle with a 3.7L V6 304 horsepower engine was the chosen police utility pursuit vehicle for the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 2014. 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 since the Tennessee Highway Patrol inception in 1929, and it is highly recognizable by the citizens of the State of Tennessee.

 

Judges’ Comments: The very traditional design/ color scheme is simple yet recognizable. It takes you back!  

 

THIRD PLACE

 

Ohio State Highway Patrol

Columbus, OH

 

The distinctive markings on every Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) vehicle were carefully selected to remain consistent with the historic image of the Highway Patrol, while still taking advantage of the modern lines on new enforcement vehicles. The centerpiece to the graphical design of each vehicle is the federally trademarked OSHP Flying Wheel logo. The logo has become iconic to the OSHP and is readily identifiable by the public. In conjunction with the Flying Wheel on each vehicle, the markings on each vehicle are clear and precise in their location and appearance.

 

Judges’ Comments: The iconic flying wheel logo looks good centered on the door. Pinstriping adds a touch of class.  

 

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

 

FIRST PLACE

 

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

 

The colors represent the long-held colors of the department, which are red, black, and silver. These colors also represent the original colors of ISU before gold was added later on. The outline of the lettering is reflective, as is the wording and chevrons on the backside and trunk lid. This design is completely unique, and the negative space used within the design was intended to produce an aesthetic effect on a more traditional design by playing with the black vs. white areas on the vehicle. The design features a graphic of the uniform patch on each side, which is unique to the university police department.

 

Judges’ comments: We like the color scheme with the red lettering and stripe.  The design stands out yet looks clean.  

 

SECOND PLACE

 

College of DuPage Police Department

Glen Ellyn, IL

 

This design was chosen to represent the colors of college and the school mascot. Reflective material was used to highlight the dynamics of the design and offer safety to the officer and other persons. The design was selected with input by police officers, students and school staff alike. The most significant aspect of the design is the forward motion, indicating that they are on the move to provide a better learning and creative environment that meets the needs of our community.

 

Judges’ Comments: We like how they utilized the bed topper for the lettering and logo of the school mascot. Nice color combination, too.

 

THIRD PLACE

 

State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo

Geneseo, NY

 

Blue and silver are incorporated into the design as they are the colors associated with the university and athletic teams, thus drawing to the community. The design includes reflective materials for greater visibility during low-light situations for officer safety. The gold badge is the most significant design element as it identifies the community of the State University of New York at Geneseo as well as setting the expectation of delivery of a gold level standard of service.

 

Judges’ Comments: The striping on the rear catches your eye. The badge graphic next to the POLICE lettering stands out. Nice color scheme.  

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

 

Lexington Division of Police

Lexington, KY

 

The Lexington Division of Police transitioned to the Ford Police Interceptor Sedan in 2012 after the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) was discontinued. To incorporate the CVPI design onto the Taurus, the overall design dimensions were reduced and a number of graphic modifications were made. The color scheme and styling were kept but the striping had to accommodate new convex and concave curves along the side panels of the car. The trunk had a larger area to cover so “Lexington” was added and “POLICE” made larger. The design now flows seamlessly to the front grille of the vehicle where the previous design stopped at the headlamps.

 


Published in Law and Order, Aug 2014

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