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.
The 2012 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 500 entries, which made the judging difficult, especially in the popular Municipal 10 to 50 Officers, East category. LAW and ORDER would like to thank all the departments that submitted entries for the 2012 contest.
This year’s contest was judged by two law enforcement professionals and one industry professional: Marshal Chris Fine, Kingsford Heights, Ind. Police Department; Chief Dan Godfrey, Bedfork Park, Ill. Police Department; and Mike Navarro, General Manager, Pro-gard Products.
The 2012 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.
Wake Forest Police Department
Wake Forest, N.C.
The new design for Wake Forest PD consists of black vehicles with off-yellow striping. The center piece to the design is one side of the department’s challenge coin. The coin incorporates the department’s badge as well as the year the town was incorporated. Also included on the coin are the department’s core values—Courage, Honor and Integrity. The sleek shape of the striping was designed by Mincey’s Graphics in Durham, N.C., in such a manner that it could be used on any type of vehicle.
Judges’ comments: This car is sharp! Its universal graphic is very eye-appealing. We especially like that the design fits two different vehicles. It looks great on both makes and models. The black and gold color scheme is dramatic.
BEST FORD POLICE INTERCEPTOR SEDAN
Northfield Village Police Department
Northfield Village, OH
The Northfield Village design has a direct link to their new departmental patch in both design and color scheme. They reversed the patch lettering from gold with a red outline, to red lettering with a gold and white outline for effect. The black car also matches the solid black background on their patches. The design’s three-dimensional lettering, shadowing effects, and combination brushed aluminum and carbon fiber background design would not have been possible with reflective material. Their motto is: Honor, Integrity, Service.
Judges’ comments: The color scheme is bold and the red POLICE lettering really stands out. This is one sharp-looking Interceptor!
BEST CHEVY CAPRICE
Hagan Police Department
The design used was selected by Chief Kerry Blocker, Mayor Vernon Owens, Patrolman Danny Terry, with the help of West Chatham Warning Devices in Savannah, Ga. This design was chosen to connect the police department with the community. In Evans County, the local school mascot is the Tiger, so with a black car and gold stripe package, they hoped to achieve that bond through support of their local athletics.
Judges’ comments: The black-and-gold color scheme is striking and the design looks very modern.
BEST DODGE CHARGER
Radcliff Police Department
After selecting silver as the perfect neutral background, Chief Jeff Cross of the Radcliff Police Department chose blue as a bolder accent color. Following the sleek lines of the car itself, a one-piece reflective decal was developed for the sides. The clear, crisp font in the graphics has the feeling of movement when viewed. The gold badge hints at Radcliff’s close ties to Fort Knox, the home of the U.S. Bullion Depository, also known as the “Gold Vault.”
Judges’ comments: This is the first time we’ve seen a unique combination of silver and blue colors. It’s different and it works!
Jasper County Sheriff’s Office
This Chevy Tahoe is used as a Staff and Special Services vehicle. Originally it had no markings and was becoming confused with other agencies’ unmarked Tahoes. A “Ghost Graphic” design was chosen to allow the vehicle to remain semi-low profile. This graphic design allows someone in close proximity to easily notice it is a Sheriff’s vehicle, yet the vehicle can still blend in with other civilian vehicles at distance or not be confused with a patrol vehicle. A reflective decal was chosen because the vehicle is also used at DWI checkpoints and during SWAT operations.
Judges’ comments: Our favorite part about this design is the ghosted lettering: it’s very sleek.
BEST REAR WARNING
North Richland Hills Police Department
North Richland Hills, TX
The winning design – submitted by Sergeant Bill Schneider – was chosen after a review of over 100 submissions. Reflective decals were incorporated, including a highly visible and innovative rear chevron reflective graphics design and monochromatic front bumper chevrons. Other design features include the NRH City star logo and red striping, resized and relocated from the old design. The “NRH” was emphasized for city recognition through the use of a larger font and their values SERVICE, HONOR and INTEGRITY were added to the rear quarter panel.
Judges’ comments: Bottom line, the diagonal striping on the back really stands out; you can’t miss it!
BEST SWAT VEHICLE
Sunrise Police Department
The S.W.A.T. Bearcat - Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) accommodates the entire SWAT team, and it is used during high-risk incidents. Its floor plan was custom made to fit the needs of Sunrise Police Department SWAT team. The material used to paint the Bearcat is a non-reflective military specs flat black. The decals on the vehicle are minimally reflective and universally simple to recognize. The Sunrise Police Department’s Bearcat is designated as being the “armored rescue vehicle”; however, it is also being used to transport the Crisis Negotiation Unit and other officers during high-risk callouts.
Judges’ comments: This SWAT vehicle is simple, yet purposeful. The subdued colors are ideal for SWAT. It says no-nonsense!
West Chester Regional Emergency Response Team
This design was chosen based upon the team’s colors. Olive Drab (OD) is the primary uniform color of the team. The design is simple yet team designated on all four sides. Reflective material was not used due to this vehicle being tactical. The design committee included Team Commander, Jim Morehead; Assistant Team Commander, Greg Stone; Squad Leader, Mike Carroll; and Team Members, Daren Sedlak and Rob Gilbert. The word, “RESCUE” was printed on all four sides of the vehicle. This particular vehicle is a 1996 International 4700 with custom bumpers, winch and side rails. This vehicle signifies Team Work. Many of the team members volunteered hours and hours on this old bank car, making it what it is today.
Judges’ comments: We like the subdued graphics and the flat black and green. It’s great the team members volunteered to paint it, too.
Butler County Sheriff’s Office
The Butler County Sheriff’s Office initial SWAT Truck was a converted armored car. It was refurbished and painted with donated labor and materials. The standard Sheriff vehicle color throughout the State of Ohio is black. The SWAT Team transitioned into a Regional Unit, by adding operators from several municipal and township police agencies through Butler County. The Regional Swat Logo was developed and the subsequent markings include a typical municipal / township law enforcement officer’s badge. Since the unit is operated in a stealth mode on most missions, the subdued gray coloring for the markings was chosen. Vehicle is also equipped with emergency lights and a siren / PA package when an emergency response is dictated.
Judges’ comments: This classic black color design is very task-oriented. It says “no frills.”
BEST SUPPORT VEHICLE, COMMAND POST, CSI VEHICLE
Texarkana Police Department
The new marked vehicle design transitioned all white vehicles and dated graphics to a new black-and-white scheme that incorporated a newly designed badge that uniquely reflects the story of Texarkana, Texas and its long history. The badge displays the “first” badge worn by law enforcement in the city, the State Line that separates the Texas side from Arkansas, the State Seal, and the founding date for the city. The vehicles also display the coveted Texas Police Chiefs insignia noting the department holds “recognized” status for its policies and procedures.
Judges’ comments: This design says classic police. It is bold and distinctive.
Beaverton Police Department
This van’s design was selected and created with the intention of drawing design similarities from the department’s previous police bicycle van, while incorporating the newly designed fleet insignia. It should be noted that the original van design received first place in the Special Purpose Category by LAW and ORDER in July, 1998. The department used a JAG grant to purchase the 2012 Ford panel van. They then used a series of local companies to sponsor, design and equip the necessary items on the van. In thanks to the local sponsors’ support, they placed business logos on the back of the van that include QR codes providing instant links to the company’s website. Drawing from the same design motivation, the trailer was a continuation of the van. The trailer was completely outfitted to support 18- to 20-officer Bicycle Event Management Team.
Judges’ comments: This vehicle shows strong community support with area businesses, vendors and sponsors. We especially like the bike graphic.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
This graphic design was developed by the Sheriff upon entering office in 2005 and offered up to line personnel as an alternative to the old graphic design then being used. The colors of red and blue against the solid white of the vehicle pay tribute to not only national colors but also to the state colors. Montgomery County is known as the “birthplace of the lone star flag” so the state flag colors are on the graphics of their vehicles. A unique characteristic in this design is the red and blue “V” across the hood of the vehicle. It is reminiscent of the trooper cars the Sheriff saw growing up as a boy in rural Arkansas. The graphics are reflective (except on the Bearcat) to allow for greater traffic visibility.
Judges’ comments: This is a traditional graphic design, but with bold graphics. It works on a lot of different vehicles.
BEST COMMUNITY RELATIONS (DARE, GREAT)
Bradford County Sheriff’s Office
The School Resource Officer vehicle was designed by the Patrol Division with multiple deputies and Bradford High School students offering suggestions that led to the finial concept that is seen. The crest of the school along with the Sheriff’s Office badge is on the sides of the vehicle to symbolize their partnership. The color of the badge and crest was chosen to give a subdued look on the vehicle. Reflective material was used in the design to increase nighttime visibility.
Judges’ comments: This car is very conspicuous! We like how it incorporates the school into the design of the vehicle with the mascot and name on the hood of the car and the back window. Every kid will recognize it.
City of Cuba Police Department
This vehicle was chosen and designed to spark the interest of the middle school students. The vehicle colors were used to match the school colors. The design and installation of the decals were donated by local businesses, and approved by D.A.R.E. America. Incorporated in the design of the vehicle was the school mascot and emblem. We found that not only did the vehicle spark the interest of the middle school students, but with the rest of the community as well. The vehicle’s design was kept secret from the D.A.R.E. officer until complete. The final design was chosen by our late Chief Richard “BO” Dildine, who passed away just before the vehicle was finished.
Judges’ comments: We like how the school mascot is incorporated into the design on the doors. The gold lettering on black stands out.
Collier County Sheriff’s Office
This design was chosen with the emphasis of being big, bright and attractive to kids involved in the D.A.R.E. program. The Red, White and Blue theme was chosen because it is patriotic and appealing to everyone. Collier County did not use reflective material on this as they felt the theme itself was eye catching and would not require the reflective material. The Commander, Lieutenant, Sergeant, and Administrative deputy with the Youth Relations Bureau came up with the concept. They also used input from the Fleet Manager, the Graphics Company that did the work, and input from local kids. The design ties to the community due to its American flag theme and by incorporating the D.A.R.E. mascot “Daren.”
Judges’ comments: This car screams “patriotic”—the stars and stripes really stand out.
Barboursville Police Department
This design was chosen and adapted to the brand new Can-Am Motorcycle. The colors are the same as older designs except that with a more visible yellow instead of gold. Reflective material was used to enhance safety and visibility. The administration, as well as road patrol units, was involved with the design. The final product feels like it is a professional, easily identifiable, and unique vehicle for traffic enforcement officers.
Judges’ comments: This design is ultra-modern and fresh for motorcycle patrol.
Randolph County Sheriff’s Office
The design of Randolph County Sheriff’s Office’s motor unit was to reflect the white, blue and gold colors of their patrol fleet and to keep the lines of the bikes crisp and professional looking in every aspect. The reflective stripes were chosen for safety. The fact that the unit was funded by asset forfeiture monies from primarily seized drug money was a huge issue with the community. Many families have expressed how much they appreciate the officers guiding funeral processions and the dignity the unit adds. The basic clean, not overdone or overwhelming design of the bikes combined with a well-known color pattern and the professionalism of the team members have made the unit a favorite in the area.
Judges’ comments: The colors and design on this motorcycle give a clean look.
Vidor Police Department
In 2010 the Vidor Police Department allowed their motor officer to make a drastic change from the traditional Harley Davidson motorcycle to the Suzuki Hayabusa 1300. With this, the motor officer selected a graphic design that would flow with the design of the motorcycle and would also catch the attention of the public for the safety of the officer and others around him / her. The officer chose the more traditional black-and-white for the color scheme. The new change has been a great asset in the efforts of catching speeders on IH10 and has been a great PR tool in the community.
Judges’ comments: We like how the bold black-and-white lettering is carried over across the motorcycle. It is unique!
BEST OFF-ROAD VEHICLE
Washington Island Police Department
Washington Island, WI
This design was chosen last year to show Washington Island’s Scandinavian heritage. The colors were chosen by the patrol staff along with the design. The graphics show a Scandinavian Viking ship on the Great Lakes on both sides. Their police badge with the Wisconsin State Seal is also on both sides of the squad along with their website on the rear bumper. The design shows a very professional, easily identifiable, and exclusive vehicle for officers in the community.
Judges’ comments: We like the sailboat with the waves graphic—it is very unique and incorporates the entire theme into the design.
Broadview Police Department
This design is consistent with the rest of the Broadview PD fleet, and is based on the design of the Ford Interceptor Police package. The department has recently acquired the traditional black-and-white color scheme for the entire fleet. The reflective “Broadview POLICE” logo is an attempt to be as visible as possible in an urban setting. This vehicle utilizes Federal Signal’s newest “Valor” lightbar. This vehicle is one of a kind in the Chicagoland area. Whether it’s on routine patrol in parks, forest preserves or in a neighborhood parade, heads are turning. Residents are approaching officers to talk about the design, and conversations are starting.
Judges’ comments: This is a bold, “bad boy” design that shouts POLICE!
East Bangor Borough Police
East Bangor, PA
The East Bangor Borough Police asked the graphic company “Signs For Less” if they could come up with a design that was flashy, sharp and functional. As far as the color, the Mayor and Chief Robert J. Mulligan recently changed the blue class A uniform to a gray and black class B. They also changed the police patch from orange, black, red and blue to a more subdued, monotone patch as seen on the rear pillar of the Durango. As far as the reflectivity within the design, the chief felt POLICE on the sides and East Bangor POLICE along with a custom gray and black chevron for the rear would be sufficient.
Judges’ comments: The big, bold graphic fits the large size of this vehicle, especially on the rear.
BEST VINTAGE POLICE VEHICLE
Holmen Police Department
This is a 1959 Dodge Coronet two-door post sedan; an original California Highway Patrol car with 383 four-barrel engine, three-speed pushbutton automatic transmission, posi traction, 12-inch brake drums, police certified speedometer, no power steering or power brakes. This car led the field in bids for 1959. CHP tested several cars for orders and selected Dodge. The car was clocked in testing at 129 mph. The traditional black-and-white makes no doubt the vehicle is a police car. The Holmen PD’s simple mission statement on their cars is “to protect & serve.”
Judges’ comments: This design shows yesterday and today with updated lights. It shows the history of the agency.
Monett Police Department
Car 52 is a 1952 Chevrolet coupe. Monett PD’s School Resource Officer started the old squad car project in 2006. He was killed in a motorcycle accident before it was finished. This car was purchased and built by a local used car dealer who donated it to the department. The department chose the traditional colors because nothing says POLICE like a black-and-white. They wanted a car that would attract the attention of young and old alike. They use the car for programs and parades.
Judges’ comments: This is a classic, cool police car that makes us think of the ’50s.
Woodford County Sheriff
Sheriff Wayne Wright purchased this 1964 black-and-white Chevrolet Belair since it stands out as “Mayberry.” The equipment installed was used here in Woodford County, Ky. The lightbar and siren belonged to a deputy from the ’60s, and the radio is a ’62 Motorola. Sheriff Wright used this radio when he started in 1985 as it was installed in his first cruiser. 1983 was the first year for county purchased vehicles; before that, sheriffs drove their family cars. One time Sheriff Wright pulled up on a lost out-of-state driver and what a laugh they had when they saw this was not a current vehicle.
Judges’ comments: This car is a good example of a classic Chevy police car.
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Galveston Police Department
Chief Mike Clark wanted the flag incorporated into the design, and “Galveston, Ind.” on the back because it fit perfectly on each side of the lights. POLICE is centered on the lower part of the trunk and the Web address is on the back bumper. The Department website was put on the back for information purposes, but was done in reflective material for safety and visibility at night. Jake the Striper added the stripes, changed the look of the POLICE, and made the badge on the doors stand out to the point it almost looks three dimensional.
Judges’ comments: We like the lines on the car; the striping is a very modern graphic. This vehicle is sharp-looking!
Lee Police Department
The Chief of Police, Chet Murch, came up with the design for the Lee Police Department’s cruiser. Wanting something a bit different than the traditional black-and-white cruiser, the Chief took the design from the look of an old Bentley vehicle.
The Chief then took the guidelines that were offered in the Vehicle Graphics Design Contest by Hendon Publishing. The vehicle markings for this new design are all reflective. The markings include both the symbol and the wording for the Lee Police Department. The website of the Lee Police Department was also added to the trunk area, as well as the 911 informational markings.
Judges’ comments: This is a contemporary design; it’s very different on a Charger. We like the way the white is wrapped around the headlights.
Nolensville Police Department
This design was the final result of a mixture of different ideas and suggestions from existing designs, the officers, and Chief Rigsby’s vision for something new, bold, and innovative. The graphics were cut and installed by A-1 Signs of Burns, Tenn. The black is a non-reflective carbon fiber material, which is more durable than a flat material. The POLICE outline is reflective against the black background for increased visibility. The design incorporates the department patch on the fender, and was tailored to fit the body lines of the 2012 Charger. It can also be adapted to other model cars.
Judges’ comments: This is a very clean graphic on a new body style, and it looks great.
MUNICIPAL UNDER 10 OFFICERS, WEST
Calmar Police Department
The design was created by Chief Joe Ward and several other city employees. The badge on the front doors is the same as the patch on their uniforms. The graphics in the badge show the railroad that runs through the town and the bike trail that is used by many members of the community. Chief Ward believes the badge is the most important graphic on the Charger. Many people in town have commented on how sharp the vehicle looks.
Judges’ comments: This is a very bold and easily identifiable police vehicle. They used the body lines of the car (Dodge Charger) well.
Andale Police Department
The colors are the same as the local high school colors. They are yellow/gold and the patch decals are reflective. Using the school colors was the idea of Lt. Robert Bailey and the design was the work of Lt. Bailey and Chief Schenck. They went through about 20 different designs before the final design was chosen. The Indian head is the local school’s mascot design and that makes it unique for the town compared to others in the area. It has gotten positive feedback from citizens in the community.
Judges’ comments: It is more complicated to decal an Explorer since it’s not as defined. They did a decent job with the graphics and the body contour of the Explorer.
Neodesha Police Department
Neodesha PD bought four new Dodge Chargers in the late summer of 2011. The entire department was involved in the design process and the design they came up with not only worked for the two different colored Chargers, but also their remaining Crown Vic and their Ford F-150 quad cab patrol truck. They chose to be reflective with the graphics. The design clearly identifies Neodesha’s units day or night.
Judges’ comments: We like the color contrast; it’s very noticeable.
MUNICIPAL 10 to 50 OFFICERS, EAST
New Castle City Police
New Castle, DE
The New Castle City PD was challenged with redesigning the graphics on their marked patrol cars due to the new body style of the Dodge Charger. They believe they found the perfect balance between class and eye-catching with their new graphics. They chose high-resolution, reflective material to ensure the police vehicles would be highly visible at night as well as daytime. The design team consisted of Chief Kevin P. McDerby, patrol officers, and Vaughn Fitch Graphics and Design of Newark, Del.
Judges’ comments: The three-quarter side graphic pulled to the back of the vehicle looks sporty; it gives it an edgy look.
Mauldin Police Department
In the spring of 2010, the Mauldin Police Department started on the process of a “police vehicle overhaul.” Under the guidance of Chief Bryan Turner, officers from the department provided input on a new graphics design for the patrol fleet with the original color scheme being kept. The design was implemented when the first new Chargers were added to the patrol fleet in late fall 2010. Inspired by the schools’ colors and mascots, a School Resource Officer (SRO) graphics package was developed. Mauldin PD strived to provide a graphic look that embraces the modern bodylines of today’s vehicles, while still being able to conform to future body styles. All graphics are on reflective material.
Judges’ comments: The contemporary font design stands out and we like the monochrome color scheme.
Holly Springs Police Department
Holly Springs, GA
One of Holly Springs PD’s goals in looking for a remake of their patrol vehicle was to provide a modern, authoritative appearance while maintaining the traditions of yesterday. Officers patched together a collection of thoughts that altered an existing prototype into a common idea that resulted in a modern, bold and very visible black-and-white paint scheme. The color separation follows the body design and presents a characteristic image that is unique and easily visible. The white color is segmented around the back of the vehicle, allowing a visual flow that incorporates the unit number, department identification, and uniform patch. New low-profile lightbars, camera system, Blac-Rac long-gun mounts, and wrap-around push bumpers make this a no-nonsense patrol vehicle.
Judges’ comments: This is a classic black-and-white color scheme with a contemporary design.
MUNICIPAL 10 to 50 OFFICERS, WEST
Huron Police Department
The graphics are unique for South Dakota and clearly identify the car as a police car of the Huron Police Department. The design also takes advantage of the Charger profile as it both enhances and complements the overall body design of the car. The design is recognized now around the region as the Huron Police Department as Huron is home to the South Dakota State Fair. The most important aspect of the design is the slanting police ending at the officers’ badge, which has been worn by city officers since the department was formed in 1883.
Judges’ comments: This is a crisp and clean, classic style. It incorporates the traditional police car colors with a new twist and design.
DeWitt Police Department
The DeWitt, Iowa Police Department partnered with students from DeWitt Central High School’s graphics art class to help design what is now the current police vehicle graphics. They also enlisted the help of the residents of DeWitt to select the design. Initially, students were given general guidelines to follow that included incorporating the school’s team colors of yellow and purple as well as the school mascot, a sabertooth cat, into the design. The students were also told they had to incorporate the City of DeWitt’s “Crossroads” logo. After all the designs were submitted, they were placed on the police department’s website and also in the local newspaper and residents were encouraged to vote for their favorite design. The winner’s name is now proudly displayed on the rear bumper of each vehicle that sports the new graphic design.
Judges’ comments: This car shows the community pride with the graphic of the tiger mascot.
Pittsburg Police Department
In 2011, Chief Mendy Hulvey and her command staff chose to move to the Dodge Charger for the Pittsburg Police patrol fleet. Along with the new vehicle, Chief Hulvey chose to return to the traditional black-and-white paint scheme. Two vehicle renderings were presented to the department’s officers, with this current reflective, graphic design being chosen. A replica of the door shield used on the original black-and-white fleet was incorporated into the overall graphics design and applied to the front quarter panel on both sides of the cars, to honor the department’s proud history and traditions.
Judges’ comments: This was a voter favorite. We like the swoosh incorporated into the design on the doors.
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Concord Police Department
Concord PD believes this design gives an energetic look to their new fleet of 2013 Ford Interceptors. Concord is a community that hosts NASCAR functions and is home to many race teams and families. The contemporary design reflects an active sporting flare that matches the pace of their community. The officers requested a new design and were given the opportunity to work together to design it. The uniform patch is included on the sides of their cars. They did use reflective material for officer safety and visibility.
Judges’ comments: The graphics cater to and fit the design of the Taurus. The lettering on this vehicle is unique.
Wheaton Police Department
The design of the Dodge Charger is modern and commands attention where it goes. The design flows naturally with the lines of the car on the sides and displays the word “POLICE” in a bold and distinctive font. The font’s size was made larger to make a bold statement. The department’s patch on the front quarter panels stamp their identity on the car. The patch also provides a striking contrast to the rest of the squad. The hood has aggressive striping on it with “WHEATON POLICE” along the edges. The rear of the vehicle has the classic “TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE” to remind the public of their root cause. The lettering is done with reflective tape for day and night visibility. Also, the interior blue of the fonts was sampled from a picture of futuristic lightning. This blue comes alive when light strikes it and almost seems to move within the lettering.
Judges’ comments: We like the simplicity and reflectiveness of the POLICE lettering on this car.
Statesville Police Department
Statesville PD chose this particular design as a way to incorporate the black-and-white car concept without going strictly to a black-and-white patrol car from the factory. They used reflective material for more visibility at night and for officer safety. The design was that of mostly top brass, but the patch was designed by various members of the department. It was then incorporated into the design of the patrol car. They made sure “Statesville” was very visible on the sides of the patrol car. In the patch, they incorporated the All-American city symbol under the eagle since Statesville has been voted an All-American city two times.
Judges’ comments: This graphic design is unique; we haven’t seen it anywhere else.
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Field Operations Port Arthur Police Department
Port Arthur, TX
Port Arthur believes this black Traffic Charger along with the stealth graphics has assisted in the change of driving behavior in Port Arthur. Without lightbars on top, this vehicle has been difficult to detect on the roads of Port Arthur. Therefore, motorists are more careful to obey the traffic laws. Everywhere Port Arthur officers go, people tell them it’s the cleanest police car they have ever seen and the car just looks mean.
Judges’ comments: The graphics are appealing and we really like the ghosted lettering. This is a good traffic car for night patrol due to all the graphics making it safer.
Texarkana Police Department
As the Texarkana PD embraced new leadership, a committee was formed to research and approve a rebranding of the department. The new marked vehicle design transitioned all white vehicles and dated graphics to a new black-and-white scheme that incorporated a newly designed badge to reflect the story of Texarkana and its long history. The badge displays the “first” badge worn by law enforcement in the city, the state line that separates the Texas side from Arkansas, the state seal, and the founding date for the city. The vehicles also display the coveted Texas Police Chiefs insignia noting the department holds “recognized” status for its policies and procedures.
Judges’ comments: This is a classic black-and-white design on a modern car—and it works!
City of Kirkland Police Department
The Kirkland Police Department is a leader in the area of DUI enforcement. The Black Charger with subdued graphics was the brain child of two former Traffic Sergeants who wanted a stealth DUI enforcement vehicle, but didn’t want to sacrifice visibility. This stealth vehicle blends into the dark streets at night but screams Kirkland Police when the emergency lights are on and the headlights of a passing vehicle reflect the subdued lettering.
Judges’ comments: The graphics with the ghosted lettering are very sleek.
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Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
After the Charger was chosen as the new vehicle for the Fulton County patrol officers, Jake the Striper sent a few design ideas to the office for consideration. The Sheriff’s Office wanted to maintain the star design currently on the squad cars into the new design. Jake incorporated the star into the design that was chosen. The Sheriff felt this design would be an updated look for the new squads.
Judges’ comments: The decal and band across the bottom grounds the car and makes it look very sleek. The white with brown and gold color scheme really stands out.
Woodford County Sheriff’s Office
The current design on the vehicle is a continuation of the package used for the last seven years. The design was chosen because it flows with the body dynamic of the vehicle and the colors are consistent with the colors used for the uniforms worn by sworn personnel. The design was selected by then Chief Deputy Wayne Wright and was placed on patrol units that were a shade of gold. The reflective striping was selected to give maximum visibility to the vehicles at night in traffic and the striping also blends much better with the white vehicle body than the previous vehicles.
Judges’ comments: We like the gradient of gold color on this vehicle; it pops on the white.
Bradford County Sheriff’s Office
The new design was chosen by the Patrol Division using multiple suggestions from the employees at the Sheriff’s Office. The old design was in place for about 15 years and seemed plain. One of the aspects of the design is an American flag with the words “In God we trust” placed underneath, the official motto of the United States of America. This “Slick Top” vehicle is designed with no identifying insignia on the front or rear to combat aggressive driving in Bradford County. Reflective material was used in the design to enhance nighttime visibility.
Judges’ comments: This is a very fresh look; it is bright and seems to fit the state of Florida. The rear quarter panel swoosh of color is eye-catching, but not overdone.
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Rockwall County Sheriff Department
Deputies were given the opportunity to vote to choose the outcome of the next-generation vehicle design concepts. The colors were chosen carefully to provide an overall contrast to the vehicle. The reflective material marking the front and rear of the vehicle was chosen for higher visibility to traffic and for officer safety for deputies working overnight hours. The graphics are unique due to the personal touches incorporated into the overall design, down to the vehicle ID number placement, size and location of the Rockwall County Sheriff Badge, and the placement of the Texas State Flag on the vehicle.
Judges’ comments: They didn’t use the body lines of the car like most do; they used their own. It is very pronounced and that’s a good thing—it separates it from the rest!
Kit Carson County Sheriff
In 2011 the Kit Carson Sheriff wanted to freshen up the look of the agency’s vehicles. He worked very closely with their existing graphics company (The Artworks Unlimited) to come up with something new. The design that was chosen integrates 100 percent reflective material, which is new for the Sheriff’s vehicles. Since these deputies patrol such a highly rural area, reflective materials were chosen for the added safety for both the deputies and the public alike. This new design has been installed on an SUV, several pickup trucks, a transport van, and has even been integrated into the department’s business cards.
Judges’ comments: This design with the badge reminds us of an Old West Marshal. It’s old-school, even a bit villainous.
Seward County Sheriff’s Office
With the assistance of the Sheriff, Chief Deputy and a Lincoln, Neb.-based graphic design company, the bold but informative design was fabricated and put into production. The new graphics are bold and stand out against the various colors of patrol vehicles in its fleet. The reflective graphics with the subtle county name make this design a unique feature to the Lincoln, Neb. region. With 25 miles of I-80 passing through the county, the Dodge Chargers make for quick response from calls for service to conducting drug interdiction. There is no mistaking this patrol vehicle as it is equipped with extra LED lights in the push bumper, rear deck, and around the license plate.
Judges’ comments: This design has a nice contrast with the colors; it sticks out. You won’t lose this car!
SHERIFF OVER 25 OFFICERS, EAST
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
When Sheriff John B. Gardner of Carroll County, Va. began replacing the older police vehicles he wanted to make a change to the graphics on the new vehicles. Carroll County happens to be the home to one of the best graphic design artists by the name of Chad McCreary of Copperhead Graphics. The design incorporated the badge and is easily recognizable as a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.
Judges’ comments: This is not your standard black-and-white police car. It’s a simple, but classic and clean design. The color of the car goes well with the graphics and complements them.
Randolph County Sheriff’s Office
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office was forced to develop a new decal design for the 2011 Dodge Charger, as the lines of the car are very different from the older model. The new design, developed by Sheriff Reid’s Command Staff was assisted by Beane Signs, Ltd. The department chose to maintain the current color scheme, which has been used for many years. The colors correspond with the colors on the department’s uniform patch. Surrounding counties and other agencies associate the blue and gold with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.
Judges’ comments: The design follows through the curve of the car. We like that not too many colors are mixed together, and we also like how the badge sticks out.
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
The “subdued” design was selected to utilize the vehicle for standard patrol functions along with covert drug investigations. This fleet vehicle is dedicated to K-9 patrol with drug enforcement emphasis. This design incorporates silver, gray, and matte black colors into the graphics. The colors were chosen to address the importance of public recognition during daytime lighting conditions but yet allow for low recognition during evening and nighttime patrols. This graphics package incorporates reflective materials into the design. During normal daylight conditions, the black vinyl appears black. In direct light, the black vinyl transitions into white reflective as demonstrated in the supplemental photo. The design was coordinated by the Chief Deputy in partnership with Two Rivers Design in Portage, Wis.
Judges’ comments: We like the color-changing graphics. The shadow/ghost effect is cool and very stealth.
SHERIFF OVER 25 OFFICERS, WEST
Dallas County Sheriff’s Office
Dallas County Sheriff’s new design follows the body lines of the Charger, Caprice, Ford Interceptors and Tahoes. They chose 3M Scotchlite Reflective for all graphics except the roof, which is non-reflective. Dallas County SO kept their traditional black hood and black trunk, which dates back to the 1950s and kept their badge on the vehicle as their trademark. Sheriff Valdez and her staff approved the final design and it is currently on their Charger and Caprice.
Judges’ comments: They did something different with the body lines; it’s simple and very clean, easy to read. This design is not overdone and it’s pleasing to the eye.
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office
Oklahoma City, OK
In 2011, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office unveiled a brand-new vehicle logo for the 2011 Dodge Chargers. The update was made to fit the design changes made by Dodge, including a vent along the doors of the vehicle. The new black, blue, and gray graphic includes a racing stripe that runs the entire length of the car, making a rounded turn along the newly introduced Charger door vents. The graphics are reflective and the design also includes some highly visible graphics on the rear of the vehicles, resulting in improved visibility for oncoming motorists. Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel, working with a local graphic design company, created the new design, and it has been well received by the community.
Judges’ comments: The lines of the Dodge Charger stand out on this unique black with blue-and-white color scheme. The striping looks like a “lightning bolt.”
Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton began the process of upgrading the branding of the agency. In July 2012, the first batch of Steel Gray Metallic 2012 Tahoe PPVs joined the fleet of silver 2012 Chargers; sharing a lot of similarities in the graphics but also remaining unique to each field of work. This silver Charger was chosen for its sleek and cutting-edge looks. Black material is used on the Charger that is reflective in orange, increasing visibility and recognition as a police vehicle. Leading the charge to design the 2012 Charger was Highway Enforcement Sgt. Mike Canales and his team of deputies.
The focal point of the 2012 Charger is the use of the Sheriff’s Office patch that will also be used in different ways on the 2012 Kawasaki Police M/C and 2012 Tahoe PPV.
Judges’ comments: We like how the department’s logo and patch are worked into the design. The contrast of the black and silver colors is sharp.
FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES
Wisconsin State Patrol
The design was chosen for the 75th anniversary of the Wisconsin State Patrol. Reflective Material was used for safety and visibility day and night. Involved were Supt. Fitzgerald, Capt. Pabst, Fleet Manager James Krause and troopers. Graphics are simple, economical and highly visible especially the rear of the vehicle and from all sides. Design ties to traditional door shield and blue-and-white color scheme of the Wisconsin State Patrol. The most important overall design aspect is the excellent reflectivity to the rear of the vehicle, increasing officer safety on the roadways they patrol.
Judges’ comments: This is a simple, but very classic/old-school design. It strikes a fine balance: just enough and not too much.
Air Force Office of Special Investigations
This vehicle is used to provide federal law enforcement support to the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command’s nuclear convoy mission. The design was created by the four Special Agents who initiated the new program. The agency’s badge is prominently displayed on the side of the vehicle over a blue stripe to represent the Air Force. The program’s mission to provide protection to our nation’s nuclear deterrence is incorporated into the graphics on the side of the camper shell. Every decal is made of reflective material to provide added visibility in low-light conditions and LED lighting provides coverage from all viewing angles.
Judges’ comments: This graphic design is very vivid, noticeable and eye-catching, but not gaudy.
Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services
This particular design was chosen to stand out in the communities which the Bureau of Indian Affairs patrols. The color scheme of Silver vehicle, Blue streamer and Gold contrasts in a way that makes the vehicle stand out from their partner agencies. The graphics are reflective to stand out in the dark. The vehicle design includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs seal, which identifies it as a federal agency and contains the year they were established: 1869. The slogan “The honor is to serve” was added to the vehicles at the request of the patrol officers. The single eagle feather in their culture shows a crowning achievement or a deed of bravery which was done by an individual, a subtle reminder to each officer to strive to do their best.
Judges’ comments: The simple, clean design clearly identifies what type of vehicle this is. We also like the feather graphic.
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
University of Kansas Public Safety Office
Four student designs were submitted and elements from two different designs were combined to produce the final design approved by Chief Ralph Oliver. Andrew Meier’s design created a blue vinyl wrap from one side of the car to the other with a red reflective pinstripe and “POLICE” on all four sides. George Ressler’s design added the highlight on the hood and headlights. Both the blue and the red on the car are the official Jayhawk colors and complement the Jayhawk facing forward on each side of the car. Details on the rear of the car include the department website address, KU CrimeStoppers phone number and a decal in support of the Jayhawk Buddy System.
Judges’ comments: The blue swatch highlights the car nicely. It is different than the traditional black-and-white, adding the blue and red outline.
Northern Kentucky University Police
Highland Heights, KY
This design was chosen due to the visibility in both daytime and night conditions. The reflective design uses the colors of the university and allows the vehicles to stand out throughout the university. The entire department had a hand in designing the markings along with the blessing of the university administration. The design and the color mix give the vehicle a professional look while expressing university pride. The Norse insignia on the rear quarter panel is used in many university logos. This the first time the University has allowed the word POLICE on the vehicles and shows the evolution of the Northern Kentucky University Police Department.
Judges’ comments: This is a nice, clean design with a good balance to the graphics.
College of DuPage Police Department
Glen Ellyn, IL
College of DuPage PD’s design was chosen specifically to identify the department with the college mascot, colors and students, representing a fresh look. The green graphics on the silver body reflect the college colors and the blue is symbolic of the Police profession. Reflective material was used to enhance the design and to increase visibility both for community awareness and officer safety. After the design was approved by the police department staff and the college’s senior management, it also received support from student test groups. The most important element of the design is the youthful partnering with the community, reflected in the graphics which incorporate elements students might use on their own cars to customize them.
Judges’ comments: We like the color choices; the color scheme is different but not overpowering.
York Police Department
The York PD incorporated their new patch on the rear of the Tahoe on both sides of the rear hatch as well as on the front license plate. The patch and the city name on the doors of the Tahoe display their city seal prominently as the “O” in York. The patch also details where they are located within the state designated by a star on the outline of the state along with the state flag’s palmetto tree and crescent below POLICE. All of the striping is 100 percent reflective for greater visibility at night, and the rear has reflective “ghost” chevrons that are extremely visible at night for enhanced officer safety. They incorporated a Facebook logo on the lower right rear of the hatch and the city website is also prominent on the rear glass.