GCSO adopts new vehicle graphics
March 30, 2016
The Grand County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) has adopted a new design for the department's patrol vehicles.
Deputies with the GCSO recently began patrolling duties in Middle Park in cruisers sporting the new logos. Currently two vehicles from the department's patrol fleet feature the new graphic design and department administrators explained that two additional cruisers sporting the graphics would begin patrol operations by the end of next week.
While the department has plans to install graphics on four department vehicles in the near-term the remainder of the GCSO's patrol fleet will be outfitted with the new logo as older vehicles, with the older design markings, are rotated out of service over the coming years.
Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin spoke positively about the new design in a statement issued earlier this week. "We are very pleased with the new vehicle design and feel it provides a safer and more modern look to our cars," Schoretlin stated. "We are happy to have the work done by a local business and Triple V Design was great to work with."
The GCSO issued a press release announcing the new graphics Wednesday morning March 30. Triple V Design, operated by Vanessa and J.R. Stiefel out of Parshall, did the work for the new graphics that were added to the department's cruisers. The graphics are designed to work with both black and white patrol vehicles and are made from material that is 100 percent reflective, according to the release. "The reflective material provides added safety and makes the patrol vehicles more visible in low lighting conditions," the release states. "The Grand County Sheriff's Office wants the public to be familiar with the new design and easily recognize law enforcement vehicles.
The release notes that Triple V Design performed graphics work, for free, on the department's lake patrol boat that was donated to the GCSO last fall. The boat and graphics for the boat will be unveiled in May as part of Boating Safety Week.
According to the press release the existing design for the department's patrol vehicles was developed in the, "early to mid 1980's when Colorado Sheriffs pushed to have a standard design for every Sheriff's Office in the state". The release goes on to explain some counties within the state never adopted the standard design and that nearly all counties have phased out the older graphics over the last several decades.
"When Sheriff Schroetlin took office in 2015 he wanted to implement a more modern design for patrol vehicles but didn't feel it needed to be addressed as an immediate," the release states. "The Sheriff's Office has since added some new replacement vehicles that were left unmarked until we could reach a decision on how we wanted to mark them."
According to the release the cost of new vehicle graphics was budgeted as a portion of the departments 2015 annual budget and the GCSO prepaid for design and installation of the graphics.