Ohio cruiser voted best looking nationwide
The Ohio State Highway Patrol topped the competition in the AAST-sponsored Best Looking Cruiser Contest, capturing just shy of 22,000 votes, with the West Virginia State Police trailing with 19,502 votes.
The contest ran on the AAST Facebook page July 1-15, with all 49 state police and highway patrol cruisers displayed in an album. Hawaii is the only state without a state police division.
“It is humbling to see that the citizens of Ohio recognize what we do and supported their highway patrol in this contest,” said Lt. Craig Cvetan of the OSHP. “Winning this contest would not have been possible without the support of the public we serve."
“Making Ohio safer requires a collaborative effort and the support of everyone,” Cvetan said. “This contest shows the community supports law enforcement in their efforts to improve the quality of life for the citizens in Ohio.”
Visitors to the page clicked “like” for the cruisers of their choice. The contest generated a remarkable 97,291 votes, 15,785 shares, and 12,311 comments. The competition grabbed the interest of the media nationwide and gives bragging rights to the winner, as well as front-page coverage in the Fall 2014 issue of AAST’s Trooper Connection newsletter. AAST representatives will present the Best Looking Cruiser trophy to the OSHP in conjunction with graduation ceremonies at the OSHP Academy on Oct. 10.
“As the contest progressed, the public posted comments and also messaged us about future contests,” AAST President Keith Barbier said. “They want to see more of what state troopers do, and we will live up to their wishes.”
Watch for the Best Looking Motorcycle contest next summer, which will again be on AAST’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/statetroopers.
The top 15 vote-getters in the Best Looking Cruiser Contest included the following:
1. Ohio State Highway Patrol
2. West Virginia State Police
3. North Carolina State Highway Patrol
4. Alabama Highway Patrol
5. Minnesota State Patrol
6. Kentucky State Police
7. Michigan State Police
8. Virginia State Police
9. Georgia State Patrol
10. California Highway Patrol
11. Massachusetts State Police
12. Tennessee Highway Patrol
13. Florida Highway Patrol
14. Alaska State Troopers
15. South Carolina Highway Patrol
For complete results and photos of all cruisers, visit