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2010 Police Vehicle Design Contest Winners: Part 1 of 3

The 2010 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 300 entries. Police Fleet Manager

would like to thank all the departments that submitted entries for the 2010 contest.


Deputy Chief Ray Cordell, South Barrington, IL Police
Deputy Commander Michael Hamady, Lake County, IN Sheriff
Chief Mike Stills, Lake Station, IN Police


Jasper, TX

This D.A.R.E. car is a product of the work of the Jasper community and D.A.R.E. Officer Wanda Brister, who collaborated with several local businesses and community-involved individuals in acquiring and designing the vehicle. Brister uses this attention-grabbing car in her day-to-day work. It aids her in teaching D.A.R.E. not only within the city, but all over Jasper County as well. A joint effort of the City of Jasper Police Department and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, this vehicle boldly portrays the D.A.R.E. message wherever it goes. 

JUDGES COMMENTS: We love the graphic on the hood. The American flag pattern incorporated in the eagle’s wings is bold and instills a sense of patriotism, and we like how the wings are enveloping the badge. All the graphics are bold and really jump out. This is a beautifully designed vehicle.


Plainville, KS

When the Plainville PD decided to order 2010 Dodge Chargers, they chose to update their graphics at the same time. They wanted to get the community involved, so they asked the high school’s art students to draw up a new design for all the vehicles. The chief and captain chose the winning design. The color of the body is titanium, while the graphics are in the school colors of black and red. They installed interior emergency lights and refrained from using reflective material to maintain stealth at night. The dark color of the vehicle makes it very stealthy head on, but the large graphics on the side clearly identify it as a police car. 

JUDGES COMMENTS: The colors of this vehicle blend together nicely; the stripes play well off the gray body. It’s nice how the black and red stripe are differentiated by the thin white outline. This car has a racy look but is very easy to identify as a police car.


Kalamazoo, MI

In 2008, Sheriff Richard Fuller introduced the first K-9 unit to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department, at which time he also decided to redesign the graphics for the entire fleet. The new fleet sports a black-over-white color scheme and bigger, more modern lettering which is immediately identifiable to citizens. The traditional sheriff’s star appears on both sides of the vehicle, as well as the back. The gold lettering and graphics are highly reflective. “K-9” is featured boldly in gold to incorporate the new unit and to introduce its service to the community. 

JUDGES COMMENTS: This vehicle’s design is unique and really jumps out at you; it incorporates a lot of graphic. While we would prefer that the sheriff’s star be closer to the front than the rear of the vehicle, we did like the inclusion of the state of Michigan on the back.


Shorewood, IL

The design of the Shorewood PD patrol cars is the product of collective input from the fleet committee and was voted on by members of the department. The design highlights their village colors and six-pointed service star. It also incorporates graphics to demonstrate support of the D.A.R.E. program, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Crime Stoppers of Will County. The design maximizes the use of reflective material throughout to emphasize officer safety and the safety of the motoring public. The village Web site is featured on the back as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to improve communication with citizens. 

JUDGES COMMENTS: The graphics on this car are really sharp, and we like how the striping emerges from the tire. The green is an interesting color choice. They did a lot with a white car; it really stands out.


Jasper, GA

Pickens County Sheriff Donnie Craig wanted a patrol car that would show the community that the agency was “Determined to Make a Difference,” which is the agency’s motto. By using white on top of the vehicle and black on the bottom, the new design takes a twist on the traditional black and white color scheme, giving an authoritative yet modern look. The agency’s motto was incorporated into the design, along with the national motto “In God We Trust” and the agency’s Web site. The gold badge and large “Sheriff” graphic clearly identify the car as an official law enforcement vehicle. 

JUDGES COMMENTS: This vehicle is an interesting and unique interpretation of the black and white color scheme. The coloring makes it non-traditional for a sheriff’s car, yet it is still “old school” and simple.


Bismarck, ND

The goal of the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department in designing its fleet was to increase squad car visibility while attempting to decrease expenditures. They decided to go with all-black vehicles and all reflective striping. It was important to the committee in charge of the redesign that the colors of the striping coincide with the colors of the department and that all graphics be made of reflective material to increase public exposure and officer safety. Citizens were allowed to vote between two final design options. The winning design features large, bold reflective striping and lettering that contains a fading effect. The hood design incorporates a star and the date the department was established in 1873. 

JUDGES COMMENTS: The graphics on the side of this car really stand out. The bright gold striping detail on the rear bumper really pops against the black of the car, and the fade from purple to gold in “Sheriff” is a unique effect.


Pocatello, ID

This car was intended as a tribute to late D.A.R.E. Officer Dan Gilbert for all the years he dedicated to teaching children the D.A.R.E. program. Funds, labor, tires, paint, graphics, tinting and lighting were donated by corporate sponsors. The fire design was selected to appeal to children; eight hidden D.A.R.E. messages are incorporated into the flames which kids can try to find. 

JUDGES COMMENTS: We like the flame graphics on this vehicle; the car looks like it’s on fire. The flames fade nicely into the black. It makes a bold statement without being too overdone.


Titusville, FL

For this ATV’s design, the City of Titusville PD worked with a local vehicle graphics vendor to produce a look that would stand up to harsh off-road environments but still present an official, clearly marked police vehicle. Command staff chose black as the color for the ATVs to maintain an official look and minimize the appearance of mud picked up during off-road driving. 

JUDGES COMMENTS: We like the patch on the hood and back quarter. The graphics are proportional to the size of the vehicle.


Oklahoma City, OK

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team is required to perform in high-risk situations, and their tactical vehicle is designed to functionally support these duties, both with installed equipment and graphics.The truck is easily recognizable to the public as a law enforcement support vehicle from all sides, day or night, because of the reflective graphics used. 

JUDGES COMM­ENTS: We like the gray color scheme and the graphic with the crossed rifles. This vehicle looks tough.


Addison, TX

When choosing a design for this motorcycle, the top priorities for the Addison PD were promoting officer safety and finding a unique look that would stand apart from other agencies. The town of Addison uses blue and silver on most of its printed documents, which is why these colors were chosen for the design of this vehicle. 

JUDGES COMM­ENTS: The checkerboard pattern stands out. We also liked the challenge coin mounted on the front fender.

Published in Police Fleet Manager, Nov/Dec 2010

Rating : 10.0

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Deputy Commander/Lake County Sheriffs Dept.

Posted on : Feb 23 at 11:18 PM By Michael Hamady

I was an honor to be selected to be a judge for this contest. I would like to thank Ed Sanow and his team for the priviledge. Keep up the good work..

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