5-26 sheriff's column — BCSO patrol vehicles updated

By Sheriff Steve Lawson
Posted 5/24/19

BCSO Patrol Vehicles Updated

I have discussed previously the challenges we face with an aging fleet of vehicles at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

When I took office, many of the vehicles in service had close to 200,000 miles, with several well over that mark. Each year we have only $135,000 to work with to purchase new or previously owned vehicles. This has been part of the challenge as well.

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5-26 sheriff's column — BCSO patrol vehicles updated

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I have discussed previously the challenges we face with an aging fleet of vehicles at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
When I took office, many of the vehicles in service had close to 200,000 miles, with several well over that mark. Each year we have only $135,000 to work with to purchase new or previously owned vehicles. This has been part of the challenge as well.

I am proud to report that we are beginning to make great strides in correcting and addressing this issue.

To date we have been able to purchase nine pre-owned Ford Explorer Police Interceptors, and two Chevrolet Impalas. These vehicles have been inspected, fully equipped, labeled, and have been placed into service. It is important to point out that each and every one of these new vehicles were rotated directly into the patrol lineup, and not given to any members of the command staff or upper level supervisors. The greatest need was on the frontlines, and this is where we’ve begun to use these vehicles.
The two Impalas were put into rotation in our Criminal Investigations Division to be used by detectives.
We have worked hard to provide these “new to us” vehicles to be able to update our fleet. There is still much work to be done. I will continue to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars and the funds the County Commission gives to us to spend on resources. I am grateful we were able to do what we could with the $135,000 we had. I would like to do more, and hopefully in the future we will be able to do so.

Thank you for your continued support of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office! I remain honored to serve as your Sheriff, and I am proud of the progress we’ve made so far. Our work is not done, and my Command Staff and I remain focused on getting better each day.

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