(Summerville, S.C.) – When it comes to community oriented policing, the Summerville Police Department pretty much writes the playbook. The agency pro-actively embraces initiatives that provide its officers opportunities to interact and engage the citizens through open and positive dialogue. These include everything from wearing pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, appearances on LivePD by its K-9 unit, regularly hosting Coffee with a Cop at local businesses and collecting donations that provide a little extra cheer for families in need during the holidays. The term SPDPride is at the core of everything the agency does and signifies the commitment the officers make to each other and the community they serve.
The Summerville Police Department recently took community oriented policing one step further by unveiling a specially designed cruiser to pay tribute to members of the United States Armed Forces. Before explaining more about the vehicles design, it’s important to understand that Summerville is located in a region that has a rich military history. The town is located a few miles from Naval Weapons Station Charleston, U.S. Coast Guard Station Charleston and the Charleston Air Force Base. As a result, not only do many of the residents have ties to the military, but the department itself also employs many veterans, some of which still actively serve through the national guard.
The vehicle is the first of its kind in South Carolina. It features a partial digital camouflage wrap that boldly shows Marines raising the U.S. flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima on both sides of the cruiser. As you move further down the door your eyes are instantly drawn to the pop of color from the U.S. flag emblazoned with the seals from each branch of the United States Armed forces. While making our way to the front of the vehicle we see a tribute to POW’s and those missing in action in the form of a large graphic on the hood. Overall, this cruiser is a beautiful mobile memorial that turns heads everywhere it goes. It was designed and wrapped locally by the veterans at Mr. Sign who worked closely with the command staff at the Summerville Police Department to create this masterpiece. We at SCPoliceCruisers tip our hats to the agency for coming up with such an out of the box idea, and look forward to seeing what else this great group of professionals have up their sleeves.