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2010 Police Vehicle Design Contest Winners: Part 6 of 7
Written by Law and Order Staff
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.
Eastpointe Police Department
With the black and white color scheme and the modern graphics, Eastpointe PD thought this design would be the perfect blend between old and new. They chose navy and gold for the graphics as they thought these colors worked well with the black and white vehicles.
JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This car is simple yet cool. The diagonal stripe sets off the plain white door, and the graphic on the rear is different from just the traditional “Police.”
Huber Heights Police Division
Huber Heights, OH
As a growing community with new residents from different parts of the country, it was important to Huber Heights that their patrol cars be easily visible and identifiable by residents. As a result, they chose a black and white color scheme which is universally recognized as a police vehicle. The design is a vinyl wrap and does not involve painting the vehicle. Materials are reflective for increased officer safety and visibility.
JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This is a nice, simple design—a classic black and white. We like the font of the city name and the grill lights.
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, many of which have black and whites. 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.
Dallas Police Department
The Dallas PD decided to change its vehicle design to update its image, be more visible and create long-term cost-savings. Black and white was chosen to make the cars more identifiable by the general public and to honor the historic tradition of police cars. Blue lettering was chosen in keeping with the previous designs.
JUDGES’ COMMENTS: The fade of the lettering is nice and keeps with Dallas tradition. The badge on the side blends well with the other graphics. The white hood is something you don’t see often.
Fayetteville Police Department
Fayetteville PD wanted a design that would compliment the body contours and features of the vehicle. The design features highly visible, reflective striping in traditional colors. “Police” and the city name are displayed prominently on the side and rear, and the city’s Web address appears on the rear as well. They chose a lighting package that can be seen from all angles.
JUDGES’ COMMENTS: White cars can be hard to decorate, but this car looks sharp. The blue and gold accents are nice, and we like how the city name blends into the stripe. The back of the vehicle is effective.
Sheriff up to 25 Officers, East
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
This design was chosen because the “Sheriff” identification is clear, but it is not overwhelmed by graphics. Gold was selected as the accent color as it works well against the black background, in addition to being the color of their badges and the dominant color in their department patches.
JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This car is simple with a plain front. The side looks cool, and the graphics are well proportioned. The word “Sheriff” is a good size in relation to the county name. The star on the front fender is simple and effective.
Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office
Roscommon County chose this vehicle design for its simplicity. They felt that the simple stripe with large lettering gave a crisp, sharp appearance. Yellow and black were chosen for consistency with the dark brown uniforms and yellow patch.
JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This vehicle has interesting stripe detailing, though it makes the lettering somewhat hard to distinguish. The SUV holds the graphics well, and the look is proportionate.
Greensville County Sheriff’s Office
The new administration of the Greensville County Sheriff’s Office wanted to get away from the brown sheriff patrol vehicle, so they chose a Dodge Charger in white. On such a blank palette, they felt that classic gold with black accents would make the vehicle come alive and call attention to the vehicle.
JUDGES’ COMMENTS: The design incorporates a nice mixture of black and gold; one color doesn’t dominate over the other, and it is well balanced. It is not a traditional black / gold / tan sheriff car.
Published in Law and Order, Aug 2010
Rating : 5.7
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