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2010 Police Vehicle Design Contest Winners: Part 2 of 3
Written by PFM Staff
BEST SUPPORT VEHICLE
MEDLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT
This addition to the Medley PD’s fleet was actually the demo vehicle for a company that manufactures vehicles of this type. They felt that the eagle graphic was the perfect symbol as it was purchased with the assistance of the federal government. The department name was added in reflective gold lettering to clearly identify it as a police vehicle.
JUDGES COMMENTS: This vehicle looks cool day or night. The bold, reflective graphics make it clearly distinguishable.
BEST VINTAGE POLICE CARS
YUMA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
This 1929 Ford Model A Standard Police Unit was built to represent the type of vehicle used in rural Yuma County in the 1920s and 1930s. This unit is all original, outfitted with code lights to the front and rear, vintage flashlight, period handcuffs, leather SAP, Model 1897 hammer pump shotgun in 12 gauge and colt .38 special police service pistol with duty belt.
JUDGES COMMENTS: As graphics in the first half of the century were limited, this vehicle makes good use of other symbols of policing to “show” it is a police vehicle.
BEST FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES
COLORADO STATE PATROL
This year marks 75 years of service to the citizens of Colorado by the Colorado State Patrol. To celebrate this milestone, a special paint scheme was developed for a select number of 75th Anniversary cars. The design combines visual aspects from three generations of the agency’s vehicles. The silver body with the black hood, roof and trunk recalls their police cars of 1935.
JUDGES COMMENTS: This car has a neat color scheme and a unique paint job, with the silver on bottom and black on top. The emblem on the door really jumps out. The vehicle looks clean and modern.
BEST COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
STANISLAUS POLICE DEPARTMENT
This design was chosen to meet the community’s need for a high visibility patrol car and to complement the vehicle’s unique styling. The color scheme is a combination of traditional black and white and the university colors of red and gold. Reflective materials were not incorporated as this vehicle is used for day-shift traffic enforcement and emergency response.
JUDGES COMMENTS: The “Police” identification on this car is big, bold and easy to read. The black and white color scheme with gold accents gives this car a classic look.
MUNICIPAL UNDER 10 OFFICERS–EAST
DAWSON SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT
Dawson Springs, KY
The Dawson Springs PD recently adopted silver as the new color for its police cruisers. With that change, a new graphics package had to be designed. The goals with the new design were to have a vehicle that would be easily identifiable, safe in low-light conditions, and not too “busy.” Community support for the new cruiser color and graphics package has been overwhelming.
JUDGES COMMENTS: The graphics on this vehicle are very well proportioned and well spaced. The silver and blue color scheme looks great. The lettering is clear, and we like that every graphic is reflective.
MUNICIPAL UNDER 10 OFFICERS–WEST
SPEARMAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
This design was chosen to increase the Spearman PD’s patrol vehicle visibility in the community, as previously they were using solid white vehicles with interior lights. The black and white paint scheme was selected as it is easily identifiable as a police vehicle, and reflective graphics were utilized to maximize visibility.
JUDGES COMMENTS: Spearman has achieved the look of a classic police car with their own touch. This car would stand out in a herd of black and whites. The gray to black fade in the lettering is a nice effect. The “Police” identification on the back is a nice size.
MUNICIPAL 10-50 OFFICERS–EAST
WADESBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT
With the induction of new Chief Janie Schutz to the Wadesboro PD in 2009 came a new era and a new look for the patrol units. Schutz began by switching the fleet from white vehicles to silver Dodge Chargers. One of the main objectives of the new design was to make the vehicles easier to identify, which was achieved by using shades of blue for the graphics.
JUDGES COMMENTS: The blue looks great against the navy, and the lettering is very clear and easy to read. The stripe is sporty but simple. We like the fanning effect of the “Police” lettering on the rear.
MUNICIPAL 10-50 OFFICERS–WEST
SAN ANSELMO POLICE DEPARTMENT
San Anselmo, CA
The design of the San Anselmo PD’s vehicle is centered on the message of town unity and progression. The decal features a silhouette of the town and the backdrop of Mt. Tamalpias, which is very much a part of the residents’ lives. They wanted to convey to the public that no matter what hardships they endure, they are a community that will always stand together.
JUDGES COMMENTS: The decals on this vehicle have a great story behind them, and we like that they have significance to the community. They portray a powerful message. The star on the fender is a good size, and the vehicle is nicely marked with the city name and “Police.”
MUNICIPAL OVER 50 OFFICERS–EAST
JANESVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
This vehicle’s look was the collaborative effort of a squad design committee. After agreeing on black for the body, they decided that blue and silver would best accent the base color. The reflective material is white vinyl with the colors digitally printed on. The more modernized lettering makes these cars stand out from other city vehicles and presents a positive image for the department.
JUDGES COMMENTS: This vehicle stands out from the rest in that it is not so traditional. The gray to black fade in the lettering stands out against the blue striping. There are a lot of reflective elements, and it is recognizable as a police car, including where it’s from.
MUNICIPAL OVER 50 OFFICERS–WEST
IRVING POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Irving PD chose a black and silver color scheme as opposed to the traditional black and white to achieve a classic look that would still be unique and stand apart from neighboring agencies. They also set their cars apart by making the city name “Irving” the predominant feature of the side graphic rather than the word “Police.”
JUDGES COMMENTS: The black and silver is an interesting color combination. The mustang logo behind the lettering is cool and subdued, though we felt it could be more prominent. Nice reflective stripes on the bumpers.
Published in Police Fleet Manager, Nov/Dec 2010
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