Are you in the process of selecting new sheriff vehicle graphics for your fleet? We know this can be a complicated and overwhelming process. With so many options to choose from, you might not be sure where to start let alone which designs will ultimately be right for you.
What Kind of Sheriff Vehicle Graphics Should You Select for Your Fleet?
At Graphic Designs International, we live and breathe all types of emergency vehicle graphics. And that includes sheriff vehicle graphic design, along with graphic designs for a variety of other fleets. With that in mind, today we plan to focus on offering you all of the information you need to make the best decision when it comes to choosing graphics for your sheriff vehicles. Let’s begin!
There are a number of things to consider when it comes to the aesthetic design of your fleet graphics. In addition to personal taste, you will also need to take into account state requirements.
Some states dictate the colors of their sheriff vehicles for uniformity across the state. In that case, you’ll know where to begin, at least from a color palette standpoint. But other times, you’re starting from scratch and the colors you choose for your graphics are up to you.
What Information Will You Display?
Whether you choose the colors to display on your vehicle or the state decides for you, your next step will involve deciding on which information should be placed with your sheriff’s vehicle graphics.
First and foremost, you will need to decide on the font and size of “Sheriff” on your vehicles. For most sheriff vehicles, this is the largest decal on the vehicle. Along with this word, you will also want to include your department name and vehicle ID number somewhere in the graphics.
Along with the ID number, many law enforcement groups also decide to include phone numbers for emergency vehicles. In addition to 9-1-1, this can include non-emergency phone numbers. More and more departments are also including social media information on their vehicles these days as well.
Badges, Shields, and Stars
Most law enforcement groups also include a badge, shield, or star with their sheriff vehicle graphics. Not only does this help make the vehicle more recognizable, but it also creates an appealing aesthetic element that is uniform across the fleet.
Ghost Vehicle Graphics
Another incredibly important consideration for your sheriff vehicle graphics is whether your vehicles will be highly visible or operate as ghost vehicles.
In the case of ghost vehicles, your graphics will naturally be less obvious and more subtle than they are on patrol vehicles. For example, traditional emergency vehicle graphics often include reflective materials. This is important to help the public identify these vehicles as quickly as possible. Not to mention, it makes the vehicles appear to other drivers, keeping both the public and your officers safe.
For ghost vehicles, however, it’s important to stick to more subtle options for sheriff vehicle graphics. That way, the vehicles are identifiable up close, but they are able to ‘fly under the radar if they are using ghost vehicles.
If you do choose ghost graphics for your vehicles, they should be reflective so that the drivers at night can prevent auto accidents when your deputies are on the side of the road. The colors of the ghost graphics should be similar to the vehicle’s base color.
Types of Fleet Wraps for Sheriff Vehicle Graphics
In addition to the information you choose to display with your sheriff vehicle graphics, you will also need to decide on the type of vehicle wraps and graphics that are right for your fleet. Emergency vehicle graphics are mostly high-quality vinyl wrapping. This material is resistant to corrosion, heat, and also helps protect the vehicle from environmental damage that can occur over time.
Here are some of the options you have to choose from:
Wrapping your entire vehicle with this vinyl material is what we call “full wrap”. Whether it is for a sedan or an SUV, this creates the most eye-catching and comprehensive design possible.
This is another popular option for sheriff vehicle graphics. It involves wrapping a section of the vehicle with graphics, but leaving some spots as is. One advantage to this option is that it costs significantly less than a full wrap.
If you ever spot an emergency vehicle with a single graphic “stuck” on one spot on the vehicle, without a full or partial wrap, its what we call spot graphic. It essentially acts as a sticker on the vehicle.
Questions About Sheriff Vehicle Graphics
We know you might still have more questions about these graphics, so let’s answer some of the most frequent ones now.
Will the graphics damage my vehicle?
No! When your sheriff vehicle graphic is installed by professionals (like the ones at Graphic Designs International), they can actually have the opposite effect. Rather than damaging your vehicle, well-installed, durable graphics can help protect your vehicle from things like UV damage, wind, rain, and other environmental factors.
How long will my vehicle graphics last?
This number will vary on several factors, including the type of material that is used, what it is subject to, and who installs the graphics. It isn’t uncommon for graphics and wraps to last upwards of eight years. However, most organizations choose to update their graphics more frequently. This keeps their fleet looking modern and in the best condition possible.
Do you want to learn more?
Are you ready to explore these and other options for your fleet? The team at Graphic Designs International is here to help! As the only nationwide fleet graphics company dedicated to Police, Sheriff, Fire Rescue, Security, and the Public Safety Community, we have seen and done it all. Whether you’re ready to update your fleet or just want to know more, get in touch today. Click here to learn more or get a quote.