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Contest winners Stanislav Semukhin (left) and Scott Oancea (right) stand in front of an image of their graphic design

Photographer: Ben Siegel

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Winning graphic design for joint patrol car

Photographer: Ben Siegel

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President Roderick J. McDavis and Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl share a laugh during the contest winner announcement

Photographer: Ben Siegel

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Joint police cruiser design contest winners announced

Printing Services team takes honors


The Joint Police Advisory Council (JPAC) announced the winners of its joint police cruiser design contest on Tuesday.

Scott Oancea, a graphic designer at Ohio University Printing Services, and his student assistant and Athens native Stanislav Semukhin won the contest with an innovative stylized hybrid graphics design that blended the colors and logos of the Ohio University and Athens City police departments.

The contest asked participants to develop a graphic design for a new joint police vehicle that the Ohio University and City of Athens police departments will use for the joint patrol. The police cruiser, which is
a decommissioned Ford Crown Victoria OUPD patrol vehicle, will don the winning design sometime this summer.

"We are very pleased our design was chosen and it's a great portfolio piece for Stanislav in the future," Oancea said. "We found out about the contest in Ohio University Compass and decided to collaborate on the design."

For winning the contest, Oancea and Semukhin can ride in the joint patrol car when it leads the Ohio University Homecoming Parade this fall and have their names printed on the car as the designers of the graphics package.

Athens City Police Chief Tom Pyle, who coordinated the contest with the help of Ohio University Police Chief Andrew Powers, said the winning design was a near unanimous choice out of the four entries because it did a nice job of combining the different elements of the two departments while still keeping a police car theme.

The City and University's joint patrol, which has been in existence for more than two years, has a regular shift of 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thursday through Saturday.

Pyle said an Athens Police Department car has been primarily used for the joint patrol in the past, but this new joint patrol car will enable the departments to better share the associated costs.

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, Athens City Mayor Paul Wiehl and Athens City Service Safety Director Paula Horan-Moseley also attended Tuesday's announcement.

"This joint patrol is an example of how we can make our community stronger and safer by working together," McDavis said. "I'm very pleased with the responsiveness of this joint patrol, which in barely over two years has had 437 calls for service. Creating a design to distinguish this patrol is an important milestone in this effort."

The JPAC, which was formed as a result of a new Ohio University-City of Athens Memorandum of Understanding, is charged with:

  • Developing and maintaining lines of communication between the City and University communities

  • Facilitating shared solutions and resources that best meets the needs of the community


The JPAC comprises both police chiefs and about 19 other members of the University and City communities. The members are appointed by President McDavis and Mayor Wiehl.