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Iowa State University Police Department
Chief Jerry Stewart
After Ford stopped making the Crown Victoria, we (like many other PDs and SOs across the country) began the search for our next model of police squad car. The Taurus was selected and the design process began. A committee was formed to inquire within the patrol unit what they wanted their squad cars to look like. The committee was comprised of two officers from each patrol shift, one administrative officer, and one investigator. The committee was headed by DET Grossman, who considered all the likes and dislikes and came up with a basic design scheme as a starting point. It was then revamped over several renditions until the final outcome was reached. 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 in reflective, as is the wording and chevrons on the backside and trunk lid. Additionally, each squad is identified by a two-digit number on the front and rear side quarter panels, which is also in reflective. 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.
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