Fairbanks Police are rolling in style with new design

Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 9:40 AM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - It has been months in the making, but the time has finally come for a new design on Fairbanks patrol vehicles to finally hit the streets.

In April of last year, an officer at the Fairbanks Police Department pitched an idea to hold a contest to revamp the look of their patrol vehicles. Now to kick off 2022, what was once a high school student’s design, has turned into the new look of the Fairbanks Police Department’s patrol vehicles.

“This is something that we started off with early. Shortly after I got promoted we held this contest because one of our officers had the idea we should engage with the public, and come up with a new car design. [sic] so we could have a contest and we had a winner back in June,” said Fairbanks Police Chief Ron Dupee.

The winner was Fairbanks local Ryker Snow. Back in June, Snow said it was a big surprise he had won. “It’s not every day that you get to design a police car, and I love living in Fairbanks, and I love being here. So it would be nice to help the community and produce a cool design for our police officers,” said Snow in an interview back in June 2021.

There were several options to choose from said Dupee. They were finally able to narrow it down to twelve, then to six, and finally landed on Snow’s design.

When it came to moving forward, there were a couple of setbacks. Dupee said COVID put everything back a while, but after public works signed off on the vehicles, the first SUV rolled out of the department in style in early January.

“It’s ready to hit the road. It has our new design on it and we are excited,” said Dupee.

This vehicle is just one with this design for the department, Dupee says another will be out next week, with three other patrol cars to follow.

“We should have five of these vehicles on the road by the end of the month,” he elated.

Dupee says with everything that is going on nationally with police and communities around the US, we are so glad to have found a way to get the community involved.

“We feel a lot of support from the Fairbanks community. We couldn’t think of a better way to show it. We are one community, and having someone from the community design the logo that goes on the outside of our cars, and to be able to see that on a daily basis was a great idea,” he added.

A new year, with a new look for the Fairbanks Police Department.

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