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2010 Police Vehicle Design Contest Winners: Part 7 of 7

Sheriff up to 25 Officers, West

1st Place

Davison County Sheriff’s Office

Mitchell, SD

For this vehicle, a local graphics shop submitted design options to the sheriff and chief deputy tying together elements from past vehicle designs. The black and gold color scheme was chosen to represent the traditional colors of sheriff’s offices in the area. Other than the black striping, all material is reflective. The county’s name is proudly displayed on the side to distinguish to the public who is operating the vehicle.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This vehicle’s design has a nice color contrast. It is clear, and you can see the lettering and graphics very well. The striping is very original.

2nd Place

Box Butte County Sheriff’s Office
Alliance, NE

All the material on this vehicle is reflective except for the K-9 decals on the rear door and trunk. The windows have been tinted to maintain a more K-9-friendly interior temperature. The design presents a highly visible vehicle both day and night, yet blends into the road when moving down the highway. At night, the car stands out well with the reflective material running bumper to bumper.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This car stands out. The stripe is neat and so is the name “Box Butte County,” though we would prefer “Sheriff” in a color other than yellow. The 9-1-1 in the lower rear quarter panel looks tough.

3rd Place

Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office
Canadian, TX

The Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office is proud of their community and chose graphics they felt would positively reflect the area of Texas in which they live—the Texas Panhandle. One of the primary goals in choosing their graphics was to develop uniformity in their agency, as well as pride in both their agency and community. The colors match those of the local high school athletic programs to show their support.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This is a very artful design. The gold graphics on the tan vehicle are low-key, but the black outline is an excellent accent.

Sheriff Over 25 Officers, East 

1st Place

Union County Sheriff’s Office
Marysville, OH

The Union County Sheriff’s Office feels that the design of this vehicle, along with the professional appearance of the graphics, makes it stand out among other law enforcement fleet vehicles in the county. The reflective hood scoop decal, new to the graphics package, was an additional feature and adds to the intimidating appearance of the vehicle.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: The yellow “Sheriff” decal along the hood scoop is a cool and unique detail. The star is a nice size; it is large and clear and identifies the vehicle as a sheriff’s car.

2nd Place

Broward County Sheriff’s Office
Fort Lauderdale,


The Broward County Sheriff’s Office recently adopted this green and white paint scheme in a traditional black and white layout. The paint scheme was chosen for its high visibility and eye-appealing, uniformed appearance. The graphics incorporate large, reflective lettering for quick recognition day or night. The department credo “Pride in Service with Integrity” is displayed on the rear quarter panels.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: We like the unique dark green and white color scheme. The green is subdued, and you don’t see a lot of green and white police cars. The letters on the door are spaced well.

3rd Place

Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office
Rock Island, IL

This design was selected when the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office switched to Dodge Chargers. The colors of the graphics were chosen to contrast with the black body. The word “Sheriff” dominates the side of the vehicle to make it easily identifiable. The sheriff’s star begins in the front of the lettering and trails to the rear of the vehicle where the department’s name is, tying the lettering together.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This design incorporates interesting colors in the graphics with the red and gold.

Sheriff Over 25 Officers, West

1st Place

Marion County Sheriff’s Office
Salem, OR

This vehicle was designed to represent a respectful and clean pillar to the community. The gloss black and green color scheme is bold, strong, and indicates diligence and trust for the community. The new design saved more than $800 per car from the previous design. With these vehicles, the sheriff’s office hoped to reflect the pristine, lush and beautiful environment of Marion County.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: The big, bold block letters are sharp and effective, and the outlined style of the lettering is a nice, different look. This is a non-traditional approach to a sheriff’s vehicle with a tactical appeal.

2nd Place

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office
Oklahoma City, OK

The look of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office’s vehicles was updated at the end of 2009 when it was determined that the graphics needed to be much more visible for deputy safety. Sheriff John Whetsel worked with a local graphics company and came up with this reflective pattern that is much larger and more visible at night. The new graphics package also includes a highly visible pattern on the rear of marked vehicles.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This is a very different and distinct vehicle design. The graphics really jump out and are unique in that the rear stripes match the side stripes.

3rd Place

Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office
Martinez, CA

The black and white scheme was chosen by their contract city, Roundhill, because they wanted something different from all-white that would stand out from the rest of the fleet. The graphics are the same as those used on the white-only cars. The black, gold and white coloring of the graphics works well and blends with the vehicle’s two-tone paint scheme.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This car has an old-school look. It’s a traditional black and white with a nice touch. The black outline and gold inlay of the lettering look sharp. The graphics are symmetrical.

Published in Law and Order, Aug 2010

Rating : 10.0

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