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2010 Police Vehicle Design Contest Winners: Part 4 of 7

Written by Law and Order Staff

Best Federal and State Agencies

1st Place

Colorado State Patrol
Lakewood, CO


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.

2nd Place

Arkansas State Police
Little Rock, AR


This design was chosen by members of the department among a variety of designs featuring different striping configurations. Reflective graphics were used for “command presence” in daylight or dark. The reflective material also increases safety for officers on the side of the road or in traffic lanes at accident sites.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This is a typical white police car with just a touch of blue. The striping gives it a different look with how it comes to a “V” on the hood.

Best Colleges & Universities

1st Place

California State University Stanislaus Police Department
Turlock, CA


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.

2nd Place

Western Oregon University Department of Public Safety
Monmouth, OR


With their red, black and silver color scheme, as well as the wolf mascot on the side, the vehicles of the Department of Campus Public Safety are designed to represent the pride of Western Oregon University. The campus emergency number is displayed on the rear quarter panels.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: The color scheme is interesting; the combination of colors works really well together.

3rd Place

Northeastern Illinois University Police Department
Chicago, IL


Earlier this year, with the authorization of NEIU Vice President Wilcockson and Chief Lyon, the Northeastern Illinois University PD purchased two 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid SUVs to replace their aging fleet. Wilcockson and Lyon chose the design to reflect the university’s colors of blue and gold.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: The broad and professional blue graphic immediately identifies this as a police vehicle. The gold “Police” lettering further accents this solid-color patrol vehicle.

Municipal Under 10 Officers, East

1st Place

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.

2nd Place

Village of Virginia Gardens Police Department
Virginia Gardens, FL


Recognizing that the Village of Virginia Gardens’ police cars were in dire need of an aesthetic overhaul, the department’s command staff sought out the opinions of its patrol officers and local government officials. Chief James Chohonis chose this design after carefully considering the needs of officers and local citizens alike.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This car has really clean lines; nothing is out of place, and you can tell they spent time on it. The design is different. It’s neat how the stripe ties the badge into the “Police” graphic.

3rd Place

Wenham Police Department
Wenham, MA


The colors and design for the Wenham PD’s vehicles were chosen by Chief Kenneth Walsh and Captain Thomas Perkins after a lengthy process of trial and error. After taking office, Walsh expressed his desire to modernize the department. They chose a two-tone color scheme of metallic silver and dark blue. The “Police” identification stretches across both doors in lettering that fades from royal blue to dark blue.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: This vehicle has a sharp appearance with the silver and blue color scheme. The shoulder patch is the perfect size and is proportionate in relation to the stripes.

Published in Law and Order, Aug 2010

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