One other one bites the dust_ FHP chomps the competitors and wins first place within the 2023 AAST Finest Wanting Cruiser Competitors!

July 31, 2023

~The competitors this yr was spicy, however Florida was on hearth thanks to at least one scorching Tamale~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-Right now, the American Affiliation of State Troopers (AAST) introduced the winner of its 2023 America’s Finest Wanting Cruiser Competitors is the Florida Freeway Patrol (FHP).

Closing outcomes have been tallied at midday and confirmed Florida Freeway Patrol within the high spot with a lead of virtually 39,000 votes. In second place was California Freeway Patrol, adopted by Nevada Freeway Patrol, Indiana State Police in fourth, and Kentucky State Police in fifth.

Florida Division of Freeway Security and Motor Autos (FLHSMV) and FHP used a wide range of methods to interact the group on this yr’s competitors which finally led to a rise in votes and a surge of teamwork felt all through the state as totally different legislation enforcement, state businesses, media organizations, companies, and public figures got here collectively to lift consciousness of the competitors and share within the state effort to win first place.

The competitors, which started on July 17, 2023, was fierce and, for these following, consisted of many ups and downs, with no clear winner holding the highest spot for a major size of time. And not using a clear forerunner, states resorted to playful but aggressive banter and went head-to-head like by no means earlier than, in actual fact there have been over 1 million votes forged on this competitors.

“I’m extremely proud that the Florida Freeway Patrol received first place on this yr’s competitors,” mentioned FLHSMV Government Director Dave Kerner. “I do know that the hassle displayed by these pushing us towards this victory got here from a deep love and respect for the patrol and its historical past as Florida’s best.”

“FHP was proud to have participated on this yr’s American Affiliation of State Troopers Finest Wanting Cruiser Contest,” mentioned Colonel Gary Howze, Director of the Florida Freeway Patrol. “It’s gratifying to see the inclusion and enthusiasm for supporting Florida by residents, different companions, and our FHP members.”

“FHP actually deserves to be the winner of the Finest-Wanting Cruiser contest! They went all out with their media platforms, legislation enforcement companions and engaged the residents of Florida to all get entangled,” mentioned John Bagnardi, Government Director American Affiliation of State Troopers. “We’re very proud to have the Black and Tan on our cowl!”

The FHP image submission was taken by retired FHP Lieutenant Jeff Frost and featured a 2019 Dodge Charger at Gatorland in Orlando and featured a 15-year-old, 8.5 ft lengthy, 180-lb feminine American alligator named Tamale.

We thank everybody who took the time to vote on this yr’s competitors and respect all of the shares and encouragement from people statewide. To the opposite collaborating states, thanks for stepping up your sport and growing consciousness and delight in legislation enforcement endeavors; all of us stand collectively in our public security mission.

The 2024 AAST calendar will characteristic FHP on its cowl and might be out there on their web site, keep tuned for extra particulars. The one remaining query is the place to take subsequent yr’s photograph.


The Florida Division of Freeway Security and Motor Autos (FLHSMV) gives freeway security and safety by means of excellence in service, training, and enforcement. Be taught extra on our web site.

The Florida Freeway Patrol strives to realize core values of courtesy, service, and safety. It’s FHP’s job to assist guarantee the security and welfare of tens of millions of Florida’s residents and guests each day.

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