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WV State Police In Running For Best Looking Cruiser

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 9, 2014 10:44 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 9, 2014 12:59 PM EDT
West Virginia State Police Facebook Photo
West Virginia State Police Facebook Photo

Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

The blue cruiser with the gold top is a trademark for the West Virginia State Police.

Cruisers for the state’s police agency have had that familiar paint scheme since 1963, the Mountain State’s centennial year.

Now West Virginia State Police are putting their pride and joy in a nationwide online contest to see which state police agency across the country has the best looking cruiser. West Virginia State Police are running neck and neck with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, which currently leads by less than 4,000 votes with its gray-colored cruiser. Ohio has 11,397 votes, while West Virginia has 7,866.

“There are some others within striking distance,” Lt. Michael Baylous, spokesman for the West Virginia State Police, said. “We’ve kind of separated from the pack a little bit.”

Baylous said the winner of the free contest will have its cruiser displayed in the newsletter of the American Association of State Troopers, which is conducting the contest. Baylous said it would be great publicity for the West Virginia State Police and a great recruitment tool.

West Virginia’s cruiser is really distinct because of its paint scheme, he said.

“I think it’s the color,” Baylous said. “The blue with the gold top stands out from any other state’s cruisers that I’ve seen.”

To cast your vote in the best looking cruiser contest on the American Association of State Troopers Facebook page, click here. The state police agency that has the photo of the cruiser with the most "likes" will be the winner.

Voting continues until July 15.



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