SHPD gets new logo, thanks to local artists

The Sweet Home Police Department has selected one of six designs by local resident Abe Burns as its new logo.

Burns finished first among 15 designers, who submitted some 21 designs for a competition held by the department.

Community Services Specialist Gina Riley and Sgt. Jason Van Eck announced the top five designs two weeks ago.

The winning logo is a shield. At the top is a mountain representing Mt. Jefferson, which is visible to the northeast across Foster Lake. A bar across the lower-middle part of the shield has the word “department,” which will be removed. An eagle at the bottom of the shield will be enlarged to ensure detail is not lost if the design is used for department patches. It will be completed in silver blue.

“Sweet Home is a beautiful city, with lakes, mountains, forests and rivers,” Burns said. “Incorporating one of the most memorable landmarks, Mt. Jefferson, along with a shield, wings and an eagle represents what the Sweet Home Police Department is all about, protection and strength.”

Burns, 34, is a graphic designer with an event planning company, Dynamic Events, in the Portland area. He is a 1993 graduate of East Linn Christian Academy. He studied graphic design at Linn-Benton Community college from 1993 to 1996.

He has worked with Nike, Adidas, Microsoft, Columbia Sportswear and many other comapnies.

“I’m pretty excited,” Burns said. “I didn’t know who entered or how many people entered. I was glad I could contribute in some way.”

He said it was an honor to be able to help his hometown department.

Second place went to Sweet Home Police Sgt. Jeff Lynn, who designed a logo similar to the existing logo. His $50 award will be given to a charity.

The first-place award was $200. Third- through fifth-place winners received gift certificates to A&W.

Blake Roberts, 19-year-old freshman at Linn-Benton Community College, designed the third-place logo, a pen drawing featuring Weddle Bridge.

Anne Marie Miller, a 16-year-old junior at Sweet Home High School, finished fourth with a logo that incorporated an eagle and American flag.

Colby Montigue, 10, designed a circular logo featuring the Oregon Jamboree.

Riley kept Miller’s logo for possible alternate uses later.

“I didn’t even think I’d make the top five,” Miller said.

The department’s 20 officers and staff members voted on the top five, Riley said. Judges chose the winner from among those five.

Among the staff, the winning logo was also the favorite, Riley said. “They wanted something different. They wanted something new.”

Judges included City Manager Craig Martin, his executive assistant Wendy Younger, Fire Chief Mike Beaver, insurance agent Joel Keesecker, city Maintenance Supt. Pat Wood, Dispatcher Lisa Davis and Officer Sam Posthuma.

“The same scheme has been used for the past 20 years,” Riley said. This one gets away from tradition and looks more modern.

“The bottom line for us is this is a more realistic logo,” Riley said. The current logo is outdated.

The logo will be used on new letterhead and stationary, Riley said.

“It’s basically going to be the Police Department logo we’re going to incorporate into every aspect.”

Eventually, as need arises, at the police chief’s discretion, it will replace the uniform patch and insignia, Riley said.

The new logo will begin appearing on materials after it is complete and after existing supplies carrying the current logo are used up, Riley said. “I’m hoping by the first of the year, we’ll have everything in place to make the switch.”