All Flagler County Schools have wrapped SRD patrol cars, some of which were designed with the help of students.
Flagler Palm Coast High School sophomore Evan Tomczak showed his Bulldog spirit through his design for one of the patrol cars of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office's FPC resource deputies.
Tomczak said he wanted the car wrap to have a “grungy” feel, so he utilized a matte black background and added texture and geometric shapes. Around the patrol car, plenty of Bulldog logos and green camouflaged paw prints can be seen.
“I pretty much just looked at other examples of resource deputy cars that I liked and just made a list of the things that I thought looked cool,” he said. “Then I just tried to compile them in a way that I thought looked nice and represented the school well.”
The design collaboration was part of a countywide initiative that began last summer when FCSO Sheriff Rick Staly said he wanted all the SRDs to partner with their respective students to assist them in designing a car wrap for the vehicles, FPC SRD deputy Jason Williams said.
After reaching out to FPC teacher Ed Beckett's Photoshop class, the SRDs narrowed down the students designs and then saw their vision come to life.
“It really just gives the students a sense of ownership,” Williams said. “We normally just drive around in cars and all you see is ‘Sheriff,’ so I think this gives them the chance to say, ‘Hey, I had input on designing that,’ and when you’re driving around out in town, the kids can see that and see the Bulldog and see the different logos.”
In addition to the student-deputy connection, Williams said the new car wraps will be a hit when FCSO deputies visits camps and go to events around the state, as now they can show off the students' work.
“I was very flattered by it,” Tomczak said about his design being chosen. “I thought it was super cool. I know that I put a lot of hard work into it and everyone in the class put a lot of hard work into their designs, so it’s just really cool that I get to see my stuff out in the community.”