New patrol car design honors deceased friend of Napoleon’s police department


JACKSON COUNTY, MI – A police patrol car in Napoleon sports a new look with special meaning behind it.

Around the beginning of February, “Car No. 2” became the first car in Napoleon’s police department’s three-vehicle fleet to sport a new decal design.

The new look comes courtesy of SignBytes, a Tecumseh-based graphics company, and features a bright green redesign of the department’s name, with silver and green stripes added to the background, reminiscent of Napoleon High School’s official colors.

“We’re just trying to change things up a bit,” said Napoleon Police Chief Duaine Pittman.

The redesign of car #2 also includes a “00-2” decal in the same font used by Phelps Towing Inc. The decal was added to commemorate the passing of the late James Michael “Mike” Ambs. January 26.

According to his obituary, Ambs was a veteran tow truck driver for over 40 years before his death at the age of 59. He could be counted on to tow vehicles as quickly and with as little damage as possible, Pittman added.

“Mike is a personal friend, but also a friend of the department in the more than 30 years he has worked for Phelps,” Pittman said.

“(He was) a top-notch tow truck driver and just a great guy, so we wanted to pay tribute to him.”

All cars in the fleet should sport the new design next year, predicts Pittman. SignBytes’ new look is expected to cost around $850 for each vehicle.

The older design, which still adorns the other two cars in the department’s fleet, features less vibrant graphics in a darker shade of green. This design was added to vehicles about nine years ago, Pittman said.

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