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2015 Police Vehicle Design Contest Winners

First and foremost, a police vehicle’s design should be about safety and identification. Agencies’ designs have also begun incorporating state, county and regional symbols, mission statements and mottos to represent the communities they serve, and even URLs and QR codes for smartphones.

The 2015 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. LAW and ORDER would like to thank all the departments that submitted entries for the 2015 contest.

This year’s contest was judged by three law enforcement professionals and one industry professional: John Gerard, Deputy Chief, Kankakee, Ill. Police; Pat Vassar, Assistant Chief, Highland, Ind. Police; Glenn Cox, Patrol Supervisor, Highland, Ind. Police; Wendy Parenti, Marketing & Sales Manager, Adamson Industries.

The 2015 Vehicle Design judges focused on the safety of the officer driving and the ability to identify the automobile as a law enforcement vehicle. The overall appearance of the vehicle was, of course, factored into the results. The judges looked for departmental symbols, names in easy-to-read lettering, a badge, shield or community seal, emergency phone numbers and websites. For visibility, the judges looked for reflective tape/graphics and decals.

 

GRAND PRIZE

Apex Police Department

Apex, NC

 

In 2014, Chief John Letteney of the Apex Police Department in North Carolina directed the Administrative Division Commander to lead a Fleet Committee to assist with decisions to move to a new fleet vehicle. Additionally, a new graphic design was proposed: A black Ford modern-style vehicle with distinct transition of two colors, grey and white. The new graphic design material is highly reflective and covers the entire side and rear of the vehicle, allowing more visibility for enhanced police presence and more importantly, police officer safety during traffic stops and when responding to high-priority calls. The lettering is clear with professional text and font for easy recognition by citizens. Apex tradition is clearly showcased in the design. The new modern style vehicle completes a solid blend of success. Chief Letteney’s quote of the new vehicle design sums it up completely, “Traditional colors with a modern style.”

 

Judges’ comments: This is a one-of-a-kind design… a twist on the traditional black-and-white design; it could be the black-and-white police car of the future. The colors enhance each other and we really like the chevron on the back. The POLICE lettering on the hood and rear is easy to read. The badge is a nice touch, too!

 

BEST SEDAN

Davie Police Department

Davie, FL

 

The vehicle design chosen was in support of the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, to honor those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The colors chosen reflect the nationally recognized ‘Thin Blue Line’ symbol. A small committee was formed to review, with a special thanks to Officer Daniel Brito for the final design. The hood design, symbolic lion on either side, and the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund symbol are the key aspects of the design.

 

Judges’ comments: An impressive design; we especially how they incorporated the thin blue line symbol with the design to honor fallen officers. The lion graphic looks 3D! 

 

BEST SUV

Marquette County Sheriff’s Office

Montello, WI

 

In 2011, Sheriff Gaffney wanted a unique change to the graphic package of the Marquette County Sheriff’s patrol fleet. They went with the dark gold and flat black design for a classy and professional look. They also have matching gold chevrons on the rear of the squads. The design incorporates their seven-point star and SHERIFF in large, bold letters. The graphics package is easy for everyone to see day or night, thanks to the 3M reflective material. The K9 Tahoe has distinct K9 graphics, matching the rest of the design package. The K9 design includes paw prints, the K9’s name, and large red bold lettering on the K9 bail-out door.

 

Judges’ comments: They did a good job with the striping; we like the dark with the yellow lettering… The color combination and the rear warning really make it pop. This vehicle is easily identifiable.

 

BEST REAR WARNING

Folly Beach Department of Public Safety

Folly Beach, SC

 

This current design for Folly Beach is bright, looks very sporty, like it is moving even when sitting still, and the colors were chosen to match the city seal. All of the graphics are reflective vinyl for safety during nighttime operations. The design was a culmination of a number of staff that came up with and agreed on each aspect. The red-and-blue lighting package points to the department’s designation as a public safety department. The lighting package is all Federal Signal.

 

Judges’ comments: This vehicle was the most recognizable from the back out of all the entries. It is very eye-catching, with the bright blue-and-yellow color scheme. The striping on the sides matches the rear.

 

BEST SWAT VEHICLE/SUPPORT, COMMAND POST, CSI VEHICLE

FIRST PLACE

Wise County Sheriff’s Office

Wise, VA

 

The SRT equipment van design was chosen to closely match the normal patrol vehicles the Wise County Sheriff’s Office uses on a daily basis. This decision was made so the citizens of Wise County would have no doubt that this was a Sheriff vehicle. Non-reflective and subdued colors were chosen due to the fact that the vehicle is utilized by SRT. SRT has subdued uniforms and patches, so the vehicle design goes hand in hand with them. Sheriff Oakes and SRT members made the decision on the color scheme and the use of non-reflective material for this vehicle.

 

Judges’ comments: For a special service vehicle, they really used the space on the vehicle well. Considering it’s an older vehicle, they did a good job making it easily identifiable as Sheriff/ Special Response.

 

SECOND PLACE

Rockledge Police Department

Rockledge, FL

 

This is the Rockledge Police Department’s first Crime Scene Van. This graphic concept was designed by the Crime Scene Unit and graphics company. The graphics embody the Rockledge Police patrol car scheme with the fingerprint design, which highlights the specific unit. The colors of the graphics are the standard police blue, but also mimic the high school’s color along with the city being located between the St. Johns River and the Indian River. The 3M 680 reflective material was used for visibility and officer safety at night, along with its durability.

 

Judges’ comments: This is a unique vehicle choice. We like the fingerprint graphic for CSI; it clearly identifies what it is. Looks like they had fun designing it! 

 

 

 

THIRD PLACE

Pulaski County DPS KY region 12 HAZMAT

Somerset, KY

 

The design is classic but unique to the Pulaski County DPS. All reflective material was used to increase visibility. The design is easily recognized in the communities, and by local law enforcement agencies, neighboring state agencies, and the Department of Homeland Security. Somerset and region 12 lie strategically between the KY Army Depot, a Chemical weapon stock pile facility in Madison County, KY and the Oak Ridge Nuclear facility in TN. The color blue and white represent the university of Kentucky Wildcats school colors and the addition of red highlights hints at a patriotic theme.

 

Judges’ comments: Good color combination, easily identifiable, professional-looking.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office

Rockingham, NC

 

In 2011 Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. and Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge worked together on selecting a vehicle design that would reflect the confidence and professionalism of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. The colors black and silver were chosen to provide a distinction that would make them easily identifiable in the community; and to match the colors of their patch and Class “A” uniforms. The black paint color creates a great background for the silver reflective broad stripes, letters, and symbols, allowing them to be seen easily and enhance officer safety.

 

Judges’ comments: We like the colors and the use of space with the POLICE lettering on the sides of the vehicle. The star emblem looks sharp.

 

 

BEST VINTAGE/COMMUNITY RELATIONS (DARE, GREAT)

FIRST PLACE

Titusville Police Department

Titusville, FL

 

The vintage design Titusville Police chose for their 1949 vintage car was derived from old photographs of the city’s 1949 and 1950 Ford sedans. What is particularly unique about the vintage design is that they chose lettering that was hand-painted just as it would have been in 1949. The white lettering is non reflective paint, as it was done on city vehicles decades ago. When close up, you can even see the brush strokes of the paint brush, which adds to the authentic look of the car. The vehicle was restored using forfeiture funds and is used as a public outreach tool and symbol of the department’s history.

 

Judges’ comments: This is a true, vintage car… Classic, traditional police look of yesterday. Nothing fancy, but everyone in their community will appreciate this car.

 

SECOND PLACE

Windsor Police Department

Windsor, CT

 

The Windsor, CT Police Department School Resource Officer (SRO) cruiser is a 2008 Dodge Charger. The vehicle colors are maroon and white, the official colors of the Windsor School District and the unique graphic emblems of the ”W” represent the symbols of the Windsor High School “Windsor Warriors” athletic teams. The most important aspect of the SRO cruiser is that it’s for the community, by the community. The design, painting, and graphics work performed were all done by Windsor High School (WHS) automotive classes and the after-school automotive club. This project was made possible through the generosity of two community members, Doug Kelly, owner of CarStar, who donated the paint and Michael Zoppa, owner of Zoppa Studio, who donated the graphics including the Windsor Warrior emblems. The team responsible for this collaborative effort was Mr. John Reinwald, teacher of the High School automotive program; Mr. Steven Bianchi, a paraprofessional at WHS; Sergeant Christopher McKee, SRO Supervisor; and Sergeant Todd Spencer, Fleet Manager.

 

Judges’ comments: A unique color combination; not typical for law enforcement. The graphic design shows 

support for the school, especially how they incorporated the W in the lettering. 

 

THIRD PLACE

Ninety Six Police Department

Ninety Six, SC

 

Reserve patrol officer Brian Sill and Chief Chris Porter collaborated together on the Ninety Six Police Department SRO car, a white 2014 Dodge Charger. The colors are primarily maroon and gold, the school colors. A reflective package was chosen, so it could stand out at night as well as during the day. The school mascot is the Wildcat, incorporated into the design as well. The department wanted a car design that would be completely professional, but could appeal to their school spirit and one to which teenagers could relate.

 

Judges’ comments: The white with the maroon and yellow color combination is unique. The school mascot stands out and the overall design shows a lot of school pride.

 

 

BEST MOTORCYCLE

FIRST PLACE

East Hartford

East Hartford, CT

 

The Town of East Hartford Police Department has had a motorcycle division since 1924. Their current fleet is made up of six Harleys, four older Road Kings, and two new Electric Glides. The new color scheme was picked to match the Jazz Blue of the new Dodge Charger Patrol cars. The blue on the bike is not paint, but blue reflective wrap and lettering. The design was a co-effort with the Motor Officers and Fleet Auto of East Haven’s design team. The one decal in the rear is a reflective blue ribbon with 251. This was the badge number of Officer Bran Aselton who was killed in the line of duty in January 1999.

 

Judges’ comments: We like the two-tone blue-and-white color scheme… it is clean, sleek and modern-looking.

 

SECOND PLACE

Chicago Police Department

Chicago, IL

 

2014 brought the CPD’s motor unit to the forefront of training and technology with the acquisition of 14 brand-new Harley Davidson FLHTP Electra Glide motorcycles and the enrollment of their officers in the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Motorcycle Instructor/Operator Training Program. Motor Unit sergeants Greg Reynolds, Jerry Garcia and Mark Andersen created an updated graphics scheme to best reflect and complement the current motif of the CPD’s vehicle fleet with the familiar blue stripe and red lettering as well as incorporating the Chicago city flag on the saddle bags. Another important and recognizable feature unique to the CPD is the famous checkerboard band from the uniform round crown cap. The design was accepted and approved by the Deputy Chief and the graphics were made in-house and installed by the City of Chicago Fleet Services. The LED lightning and reflective markings offer greater visibility and safety for both day and night operations.

 

Judges’ comments: Traditional, old-school design ties into their vehicle fleet. The flag and checkerboard are unique to the Chicago Police and implemented well on the motorcycle. 

 

THIRD PLACE

Georgia State University Police Department

Atlanta, GA

 

Georgia State University Police Department welcomed two brand-new Honda ST1300 motorcycles. Major A. Coleman saw the graphic design feature on Dodge’s advertisement for newly designed Chargers, and he was able to closely work with the marketing shop to add their own features and incorporate a similar look to the motorcycles. The design was accepted and approved by our command staff and the graphics were made in-house and installed by 144 Marketing Fleet, out of Peachtree City, Ga. The blue background with the white lettering represents the school colors.

 

Judges’ comments: This is a non-traditional design for a police motorcycle, which makes it unique. We like the POLICE lettering on both sides of the back.  

 

 

BEST OFF-ROAD VEHICLE

FIRST PLACE

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office

Yulee, FL

 

Sheriff Bill Leeper decided to keep the vehicles white and put a clean looking decal package on the marked cars, as well as add reflective and distinctive markings on the rear in order to reduce rear-end collisions. Since the new decal scheme was installed, they have not had any rear-end collisions. Leeper chose the current design after several samples were reviewed by the Agency Improvement Committee with the present package the one of choice. Giving the men and women a voice in what they would be driving gives them more pride when they patrol the roads and neighborhoods. They have received positive remarks from citizens as well.

 

Judges’ comments: This vehicle is extremely patriotic; a very unique design. A lot of effort and thought went into this vehicle. It’s a real attention-getter!

 

SECOND PLACE

Rockledge Police Department

Rockledge, FL

 

The Rockledge PD’s Humvee is used for search and rescue operations, parades and other community events. This graphic concept has been changed several times with different colors, with some graphics and colors being deleted to form the current design. The colors of the graphics are the standard police blue, but also mimic the high school’s color along with the city being located between the St. Johns River and the Indian River, which ties the vehicle to the community. The 3M 680 reflective material was used for visibility and officer safety at night, along with its durability. The design was voted on by all members of the agency, and the first time they have put the badge and agency patch on a vehicle.

 

Judges’ comments: Nice, clean design with the silver and blue color scheme. We like the badge on the back end.

 

THIRD PLACE

City of Lancaster Police Department

Lancaster , KY

 

This design was selected to mimic the Lancaster Police’s normal fleet vehicles and honor their veterans, keeping in mind a throwback to the reflective police fenders and a large pronounced shield on both sides. The shades of blue, white, grey and black were selected as they best represent local police colors in this area. Heavy blue and white was used to mimic the colors of the University of Kentucky Wildcats, due to our close proximity to Lexington, Ky. The graphics were conceived by Officer Ryan Hughes with input from Chief Kidd and designed by Scott Kennedy of New Horizon Graphic Co.

 

Judges’ comments: The way the striping is broken up/separated in the back is unique. Great color scheme and use of patch, flag, Wounded Warrior graphics. 

 

 

MUNICIPAL UNDER 10 OFFICERS

FIRST PLACE

Ninety Six Police Department

Ninety Six, SC

 

It was decided that the Ninety Six Police Department wanted a car to represent pride and professionalism. Reserve patrol officer Brian Sill and Chief Chris Porter collaborated together. A black 2014 Dodge Charger was the car chosen. The decal design package colors are primarily bright blue and white. They wanted a design and lettering that would stand out in the day, as well as at night. A reflective package was chosen to identify themselves on stops and calls. The Star Fort is a site of unique historical significance, and a holder of two American Revolutionary War records, so that was incorporated into the design as well.

 

Judges’ comments: The blue-on-black color combination stands out. Unique blend with the patch full forward to the wheel well.

 

SECOND PLACE

Athens Police Department

Athens, IL

 

In 2013, Athens Police sought an updated design to the traditional black/white design of the past. Being a small city, the school is the heart of the community. To reinforce that community spirit, the design incorporates the school colors of green, black and white. Input on the stripe design was provided by each officer in the agency as well as the city police commissioner. The subdued colors on the black vehicle offer a tint of covertness when emergency lights are not activated but offer exceptional reflection at night when emergency lights are activated. They incorporated their new star onto each side of the vehicle as part of the striping package.

 

Judges’ comments: The shading/fading on the POLICE lettering is really different and unique.  

 

THIRD PLACE

Estill Springs Police Department

Estill Springs, TN

 

This particular design was chosen because it can incorporate all of the colors that represent The Estill Springs Police Department. The colors of this vehicle were selected because they represent the Estill Springs Police Department in the following ways: Gray-Represents the color of the Estill Springs Police Department's uniform. Blue- Represents the "Thin Blue Line", the brotherhood of Law Enforcement. Black-Represents those fallen officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. Reflective materials are only used on the "POLICE" the other colors are non reflective because we believe that the colors look more professional and symbolic without the "glow" that they would bring. The patrol Lieutenant and Chief of Police chose the design because they felt that the design was somewhat "trendy", but at the same time remained functional and professional.

 

Judges’ comments: The color combination is unique and good use of the whole car for the graphics. POLICE is big and bold and we like the striping.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

City of Lancaster Police Department

Lancaster, KY

 

This design was selected to accent the body lines of the newer Dodge police vehicles, keeping in mind a throw back to the reflective police on the hood and fenders and a large pronounced shield on both sides. the shades of blue white grey and black were selected as they best represent local police colors in this area. heavy blue and white was used to mimic the colors of the University of Kentucky wildcats, due to our close proximity to Lexington ky. The Graphics were conceived by Officer Ryan Hughes with input from Chief Kidd and designed by Scott Kennedy of New Horizon Graphic co. all graphics are made of high intensity reflective material giving a great color flash at night from all sides.

 

Judges’ comments: The vertical striping is different and the overall design follows the lines of the car well.

 

 

MUNICIPAL 10 to 50 OFFICERS, EAST

FIRST PLACE

Isle of Palms Police Department

Isle of Palms, SC

 

This design was created by Sgt. Amabas and Pfc. Storen, a patrol supervisor and patrol officer, after the previous graphics package reached 25 years. The new design was created to be a highly visible graphics package, to let drivers and citizens see a fully marked car on patrol or conducting traffic enforcement. The colors used were black and blue with a thin blue line added as a law enforcement symbol. The black vinyl is non-reflective with the blue outline reflective vinyl to create a very bright look at night. A unique aspect to the design was the addition of the city’s website to the rear of the vehicle, and the police department’s logo added to the side of the vehicle. The logo was created by current Chief Buckhannon when he was a patrolman over 20 years ago.

 

Judges’ comments: Very clean-looking design, the patch with the striping is sharp. The POLICE, Fire, EMS icons/logos on the rear of the vehicle add a nice touch.

 

SECOND PLACE

Folly Beach Department of Public Safety

Folly Beach, SC

 

This current design for Folly Beach is bright, looks very sporty and like it is moving even when sitting still, and the colors match the city seal. All of the graphics are reflective vinyl for safety during nighttime operations. The design was a culmination of a number of staff that came up with and agreed on each aspect. The department is proud of their red and blue lighting package as it points to their designation as a public safety department. In South Carolina, state police lights are blue, but as an agency that runs both police and fire calls, they are authorized to use both colors.

 

Judges’ comments: The blue with the gold outline on silver jumps out at you. The striping is the traditional state police sash, looks clean.

 

THIRD PLACE

Lincolnton Police Department

Lincolnton, NC

 

The Lincolnton Police Department’s vehicle committee chose the Dodge Charger. A black-and-gold reflective stripe was chosen to match the shoulder patches. In addition, the committee chose to use the badge instead of the city seal. Light-N-Up made three drawings using the committee’s ideas. The final design is fresh and clean while keeping the traditional black-and-white design for which the department is known. Every member of the department, including non-sworn personnel, played a part in the selection process.

 

Judges’ comments: The gold striping on a traditional black-and-white color scheme gives it a unique twist. Big, bold POLICE make it easy to identify. The American flag and badge are nice touches.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Rockledge Police Department

Rockledge, FL

 

The colors of the Rockledge PD’s graphics are the standard police blue, but also mimic the high schools color along with the city being located between the St. Johns River and the Indian River, which ties the vehicle to the community. The 3M 680 reflective material was used for visibility and officer safety at night along with its durability. The design was voted on by all members of the agency, with the assistance of the graphics company. The graphics are not duplicated anywhere in the country and are unique in that aspect, along with the agency going to the silver vehicle paint scheme, which is also unique. The bold graphics are also easy to read and are professional in their appearance.

 

Judges’ comments: The silver and blue colors work well together. The striping and Dial 911 are bold and easy to read.

 

 

MUNICIPAL 10 to 50 OFFICERS, WEST

FIRST PLACE

Lemoore Police Department

Lemoore, CA

 

The Lemoore Police Department’s previous patrol car was all white with a lot of stripes/decals.

A vehicle design committee was formed (made up of an officer, two corporals, and the commander) and a unanimous decision was made to switch from an all white car. They decided they wanted the American flag incorporated in the new design. They have a large population of U.S. Navy personnel in their city and a great relationship with military members. The committee worked with Plain Insane Graphics in Lemoore to come up with design. The POLICE decals on the sides and rear of the car are reflective for safety reasons.

 

Judges’ comments: This car is very patriotic; we like that they considered the Naval base community for the design. It is recognizable and stands out. Unique take on the black-and-white scheme with the black going down the middle.

 

SECOND PLACE

Peculiar, Police Department

Peculiar, MO

 

The Peculiar, Mo. Police wanted to incorporate aspects of their past vehicle graphics, while at the same time, adding a new, modern look that would be visually appealing on both a Ford sedan as well as the Ford SUV. The blue and POLICE transition color effect carries over a little bit from the most recent graphics kit they used. The black color used in some of the stripes and wording is reminiscent of the black and white cars the department utilized prior to transitioning to all white vehicles.

 

Judges’ comments: The striping from the rear to the front of the vehicle is sharp. POLICE stands out with the color gradient, and the badge also looks classy.

 

THIRD PLACE

Normandy Police Department

Normandy, MO

 

This design was chosen to reflect the cutting edge of the Normandy Police Department, which is represented by the stark contrast of the black vehicle with the brilliant blue reflective decals trimmed with silver. Designed by the Chief and Major Tony Madigan, they reflect the city’s heritage with the fleur de lis, in addition to having the names of several of the cities that contract police services from them adorned on the vehicle. A recent addition to the graphics package was the certification seal that was added when the police department became recognized as a State Certified Agency in the State of Missouri.

 

Judges’ comments: This is a bold design. The big block lettering and the fleur de lis graphic are eye-catching!

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Kaysville Police Department

Kaysville, UT

 

The Kaysville Police Department chose this vehicle design after considering input from all of its department members. They incorporated an ethos in their design to represent country, service, and sacrifice. The American Flag at the front most part of the vehicle represents the department’s commitment to their country and the constitution. The Thin Blue Line through the center of the word POLICE on the side of the vehicle serves as a reminder of what police work is: service, sacrifice, and courage.

 

Judges’ comments: We like the blue line running through the middle of POLICE. The blue lettering on the black background pops. 

 

 

 

MUNICIPAL OVER 50 OFFICERS

FIRST PLACE

Sandy Springs Police Department

Sandy Springs, GA

 

With modifications made over the years, Sandy Springs Police Department now has a distinct presence, instantly recognizable throughout the metro area. Their car is black to match the SSPD officers’ uniform color. A blue line was added to associate with the Thin Blue Line, to commemorate fallen officers, also symbolizing the relationship of police in the community as protectors of the citizenry. Each stripe on the emblem represents certain figures: the blue centerline represents law enforcement; the top black stripe represents the public, with the bottom stripe representing the criminals. The logotype was created to maximize legibility and improve visibility at a distance in the dark and during daylight.

 

Judges’ comments: This is a simple, clean design yet bold at the same time. The graphics work well with both the SUV and sedan. The lettering stands out, giving an almost 3D effect.

 

SECOND PLACE

Titusville Police Department

Titusville, FL

 

The Titusville Police Department chose their current design because it presents the immediate appearance of a law enforcement vehicle while also displaying their patch logo and mission statement. The colors were chosen to represent a classic look. The stripe along the side increases in height as it goes down the vehicle to represent the department’s progressive approach to policing. Reflective lettering was chosen for a bold look at nighttime, but the black stripe along the doors is not reflective as to help the POLICE lettering and reflective border stand out. The white color on the doors was applied around the car’s original black paint to ensure a clean appearance and consistent black paint color throughout.

 

Judges’ comments: Upgrade on the traditional black-and-white design; clean, crisp look. The patch is a nice touch.

 

THIRD PLACE

Kernersville Police Department

Kernersville, NC

 

This design was created by Captain T.C. Leonard of the Support Services Bureau of the Kernersville Police Department and Will Mabe, Fleet Manager. The word POLICE was used in large print on the sides of the vehicle and it has also been placed on the front and back. All decals on the vehicle are reflective except for the black. The badge was created with a 3D look and multiple colors incorporated into the design to create a one-of-a-kind police badge design. With the badge being reflective, it enhances the word POLICE to ensure to the public, that without question, this is a police vehicle.

 

Judges’ comments: Sharp-looking, multi-color design; 

the angle of the striping makes it unique.

 

 

SHERIFF UP TO 25 DEPUTIES

FIRST PLACE

Martinsville Sheriff’s Office

Martinsville, VA

 

The Martinsville Sheriff worked with the local sign designer and, after reviewing several different schemes, this one was chosen. The gold and black were used because they matched the gold and black in some of their patches. Reflective material was chosen so the vehicle could be visible during the nighttime hours. This graphic scheme is unique to the area because the Police Department has black and gold graphics and the neighboring Sheriff’s Office has a larger star on the side vehicle door; it sets them apart from the other agencies and makes them identifiable.

 

Judges’ comments: The zig zag striping is unique; not a standard design. We like the black-and-gold color scheme and the star makes a statement and stands out.

 

SECOND PLACE

Thayer County Sheriff’s Office

Hebron, NE

 

The design was chosen due to the change in the body on the 2011-2014 Chargers. Reflective material was chosen to help make the car more visible at night working traffic stops and vehicle accidents on the highways in the county. Thayer County has over 110 miles of highway to patrol. The Sheriff, Sergeant, Deputy Sheriff and the local graphic company all played a part in the design of the car. The design has the three county schools listed on the upper driver-side quarter panel. The one aspect that makes this design significant is that the public and the coworkers really like how this car turned out. Every time you get out of the car, people smile and want to take a closer look.

 

Judges’ comments: The graphics follow the aerodynamics of the car. The colors on silver and reflective tape on the rear all look sharp.  

 

THIRD PLACE

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office

Tuscaloosa, AL

 

This design was chosen to accentuate the words Sheriff and Tuscaloosa. The colors chosen, minus black, are blue and gold. Reflective material was used. Lieutenant/Assistant Jail Administrator Andy Norris and Sheriff Abernathy were involved in the design process. The design ties to the community of Tuscaloosa. The lines on the vehicle as well as the Twitter logo and the agency website on the back are the significant aspects of this design.

 

Judges’ comments: Good color combination, along with the star/badge icon and American flag. A clean, professional look. 

 

 

 

SHERIFF OVER 25 DEPUTIES

FIRST PLACE

Wise County Sheriff’s Office

Wise, VA

 

When Sheriff Oakes was sworn into office, the patrol cars had a simple five-star badge emblem on the door. He chose this current design so the Sheriff’s Office would be more recognizable to the communities served, and distinguished from the other area law enforcement agencies in the county. The colors and a reflective material were chosen for the high visibility aspect for the patrol car.

 

Judges’ comments: This is a beefed-up traditional design, easily identifiable. The bold lettering works well with the curves of the vehicle and the pushbar. The striping is unique.

 

SECOND PLACE

Iredell County Sheriff

Statesville, NC

 

This design was chosen because of the way it flowed on the Iredell County Sheriff vehicles as well as it was something different in the area. The black-and-red color scheme isn’t something seen in western or central North Carolina. They chose to use the white reflective letters on the vehicles in order to provide additional safety for the officers while working the night shifts as well as to be a deterrent to criminals. Graphics Galore in Statesville, N.C. came up with the design and then the command staff made some adjustments and presented to other officers within the agency as well as some people from the public to get their thoughts.

 

Judges’ comments: Unique color scheme with the black and red/maroon…The lettering/font works well with the lines of the car. The star/badge graphic makes a statement.  

 

THIRD PLACE

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office

Rockingham, NC

 

In 2011, Sheriff James E. Clemmons Jr. and Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge worked together on selecting a design for the vehicles that would reflect the confidence and professionalism of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. The colors black and silver were chosen: to provide a distinction that would make them easily identifiable in the community; and to match the colors of their patch and Class “A” uniforms that were adopted in 2008. The black paint color creates a great background for the silver reflective broad stripes, letters and symbols, allowing them to be seen easily and enhance officer safety.

 

Judges’ comments: Striking color combination, good use of the vehicle’s body contour. The SHERIFF lettering is pronounced.

 

 

 

FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES/COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

FIRST PLACE

Georgia State University Police Department

Atlanta, GA

 

Major A. Coleman saw the graphic design featured on Dodge’s advertisement for newly designed Chargers. After taking that design into consideration, he was able to closely work with the marketing shop to add their own features to the Chargers. The blue background with the white lettering represents the Georgia State University colors. The design was accepted and approved by command staff and the graphics were made in-house and installed by 144 Marketing Fleet of Peachtree City, Ga. The agency has met the Gold Standard in Excellence with CALEA. They are IACLEA certified as well as accredited through the State of Georgia. The LED lighting and reflective markings offer greater visibility and safety for day and night operations.

 

Judges’ comments: Very unique two-tone blue color combination on a dark car. Not your standard white police car dressed up; this graphic design works well by following the curve of the Charger door. Looks sharp at night!

 

SECOND PLACE

University of Central Florida Police Department

Orlando, FL

 

The University of Central Florida Police Department had a committee of police administrators, including the Deputy Chiefs, the Patrol Lieutenant, the Fleet Manager, Community Relations Officers and the Public Information Officer convene to select campus photos that showcase UCF as unique and contemporary. A team from Technowraps incorporated the photos into an eye-catching car design. The driver’s side of the vehicle features a photo of UCF’s iconic Reflection Pond and administration building, while the passenger’s side displays UCF’s Bright House Networks Stadium during a nighttime football game. The hood features the department’s challenge coin, while the rest of the vehicle is trimmed in black and gold, the school colors.  

 

Judges’ comments: We really like how they dressed up the hood. The aerodynamic flow of the car with the 3D graphics is impressive. 

 

THIRD PLACE

University of Virginia Police Department

Charlottesville, VA

 

All University of Virginia Police patrol personnel were involved in voting on this new design. A new design was desired to increase visibility in the community, enhanced professional appearance, and to better distinguish police vehicles from security and other service vehicles. They utilized the blue and orange to tie into University of Virginia colors. Reflective materials and the word POLICE were used on all four sides. The design even incorporates a custom, color-matched reflective CALEA decal. This design was chosen for its high visibility, simple and effective design, and its suitability on different types of department vehicles.

 

Judges’ comments: This is a simple, clean design yet it creates a statement. The POLICE lettering stands out with the reflective outline.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Furman University Police Department

Greenville, SC

 

The Furman University Police Department reached out to the Art Department and participated in a class project of redesigning the police vehicle fleet. The purple and white colors represent the university colors, the black and white of the vehicle stand out and allow for campus police officers to easily be seen while on patrol. Within the purple are words identified by students that describe the university police officers, words such as honor, integrity, valor.

 

Judges’ comments: We like how they put the words in the striping describing the school’s officers. The color scheme matches the university’s colors, too.













































Published in Law and Order, Aug 2015

Rating : 1.3


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