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AUSTINTOWN – Township Police Cruisers will have a slightly altered appearance after a donation of newly designed license plates that were donated to the Police Department.
Jeffrey McFalls, of Niles, created the new plaques and presented them to Police Chief Robert Gavalier at Monday’s directors meeting. The new design adds the Austintown Fitch “F” signifying the relationship between the high school and the police department, Township Trustee Jim Davis said.
“We wanted to show support from the community,” Davis said. “It was a way of honoring them.”
The new design began after Davis saw some of the work McFalls did on social media, but the two met while they were both enrolled in the police academy in the early 2000s.
“(Davis) asked me to do them. He knew what I was doing, we went to the police academy together, he reached out and I said I would be more than happy to (design them), ”McFalls said.
McFalls independently designs a plethora of items, from custom tumblers to athletic wear designs for local high schools. He said Greenwood Chevrolet helped clear coat so the plates last longer, and McFalls appreciates their help.
“They did a hell of a job,” he says. “They had no problem helping, and I appreciate their help, and the fact that they didn’t charge to complete them.
Davis said when he contacted McFalls about the design, he had a rough copy to show Gavalier. After some changes, Gavalier approved and the new plates were in the works.
“When (Davis) told us about it, we wanted to make sure it was done in a professional manner and it turned out to be perfect. It gives the cars a professional look, ”said Gavalier.
During the presentation, McFalls said he was grateful for the opportunity, saying he was “honored and honored” to take charge of the project.
“I did a few (license plates) of them, but I didn’t expect an entire police department to ask me to do them for the entire fleet,” McFalls said.
Sgt. Valorie Delmont said the Fitch emblem was a nice touch.
“It’s always nice that the cars are identifiable both for us and for the public. I think they look fantastic, ”she said.