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Fairbanks Police inviting local artists to design new look for patrol vehicles

Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 5:41 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Police Department is wanting to design new graphics for their patrol vehicles and they are looking to the public for help. Fairbanks Police Chief Ron Dupee said they are holding a contest for the design so the public can get involved.

“Patrol cars are out on the road every day being seen by the citizens, and we thought it would be great to have some community input into what goes on the outside of it. You know, somebody have the opportunity to say, ‘hey, that’s my design going down the road,’” Dupee said.

The department is wanting something that represents Fairbanks, Dupee said, “We want people to be creative. Show us what Interior Alaska means to them, the beauty and the wonders that we have here and we just want to showcase interior Alaska on our patrol cars.”

The new designs will be placed on two new patrol cars in the coming months.

“We have two vehicles that are at our public works being outfitted right now, so hopefully within the next month or so those will be ready to get the graphics put on them,” Dupee said.

The department does have some rules and guidelines for the contest that can be found on their website. Dupee says they have some idea of what a design will look like but are open to all suggestions.

“A lot of officers have expressed interest in seeing something involving the northern lights,” Dupee said. “That is a big part of the community and a big part of Fairbanks that people come to see so the northern lights would be good. But really anything from Interior Alaska, we want to showcase our town and our community.”

Also on the website are templates of the cars that applicants can use for guidelines for their designs.

Any Fairbanks North Star Borough resident is encouraged to submit their designs by April 16.

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