2017-03-17 / Schools

Black-and-white patrol car gets star-spangled makeover

Vehicle is driven by school resource officer
By Stephanie Sumell


VROOM—A black-and-white Ventura County Sheriff’s Office patrol car was recently wrapped to resemble the American Flag by Auto Obsessionz in Camarillo, which donated the body work. The Dodge Charger, driven by sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer Mike Zabarsky, will also be used during parades and other events. VROOM—A black-and-white Ventura County Sheriff’s Office patrol car was recently wrapped to resemble the American Flag by Auto Obsessionz in Camarillo, which donated the body work. The Dodge Charger, driven by sheriff’s deputy and school resource officer Mike Zabarsky, will also be used during parades and other events. Dep. Mike Zabarsky of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is hard to miss.

The school resource officer for the Pleasant Valley School District has enjoyed making the rounds since the black-and-white Dodge Charger he drives for work was wrapped to resemble the American flag.

“I’m getting cars pulling up next to me, people waving and giving the thumbs up—just a lot of good opportunities to interact with the public,” said the deputy, who splits his time among the district’s elementary and middle schools. “It doesn’t matter where I am, I am constantly talking to people about the car and the symbolism on it.”

The wrap job by Auto Obsessionz in Camarillo took more than 50 hours to complete.

The company had adhered vinyl graphics to the car once before and recently offered to rewrap it for free.

The department accepted. Camarillo officers picked up the Dodge from the shop on Dawson Drive early last week.

The freshly wrapped car has several unique features, including the sheriff’s office emblem and the city seal on its hood.

It also has a symbol of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on the gas cap, as well as a tribute to fallen officer Dep. Yevhen “Eugene” Kostiuchenko, who died three years ago when he was hit by a drunk driver.

Senior Dep. Shawn Holzberger stopped by Auto Obsessionz during his off hours to see some of the wrapping process firsthand.

“They were very meticulous,” he said. “It’s like hanging wallpaper but much more precise.”

And the final product is a “great conversation starter,” the senior deputy said—something fortuitous for school resource officers, who try to establish a rapport with students, teachers and administrators to create a safe and positive atmosphere for all.

“It’s just a really cool thing,” Holzberger told the Acorn. “(Zabarsky) has been to several schools and the kids’ eyes light up when they see (the car).”

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