Iowa Ranks Among Top 20 Best Looking Patrol Cruisers
Every year, the American Association of State Troopers has some light-hearted fun for a cause with a survey of the country's "Best-Looking State Patrol Cruisers". Each state submitted an entry for the contest and the Top 13 would get bragging rights and a page in their 2023 (and January '24) calendar.
Unfortunately, Iowa's sleek but straightforward patrol car did not make the final cut, perhaps not being "flashy" enough. The winner for the second straight year was the Kentucky State Police (car seen above). Not a bad-looking ride, but clearly they might have tipped the scales in their favor with the background of a horse farm. One midwest neighbor made the calendar, making it quite obvious that background played a role.
Nebraska?? That really hurts. But at least we still have better sports teams. In all seriousness, while the poll was held in good fun, we appreciate the courage and bravery of the men and women driving these cars and trucks day and night to protect their communities and states, even if many of them outdo the simple yet practical look of the Iowa State Patrol entry seen below.
Here is that "Top 13", and month-by-month list of featured cars, and votes received.
- Cover and Month of January 2023 - Kentucky State Police 65,169
- February – Tennessee Highway Patrol 55,737
- March – California Highway Patrol 50,534
- April – Georgia State Patrol 38,972
- May – Florida Highway Patrol 27,543
- June – Idaho State Police 22,047
- July - Alabama State Troopers 21,158
- August – Nebraska State Patrol 20,478
- September – Kansas Highway Patrol 17,454
- October – Colorado State Patrol 16,763
- November – Utah Highway Patrol 16,611
- December – Michigan State Police 16,416
- January 2024 – Ohio State Highway Patrol 15,316
In case you're curious, according to a media release from the American Association of State Troopers, a last-ditch rally for votes put the Iowa State Patrol entry in 20th Place, with 7,671 votes.
The cause behind the calendar is even better, so if you like the idea of decking out your wall or refrigerator door with some pictures of sleek patrol cruisers while supporting the American Association of State Troopers Scholarship Fund, you can now purchase one here.