Douglas County Sheriff's Office patrol cars just got sleeker - and a bit cheaper. Sheriff David Weaver unveiled the latest addition to the …
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County Sheriff's Office patrol cars just got sleeker - and a bit
David Weaver unveiled the latest addition to the department's list
of crime-fighting equipment during the Highlands Ranch Community
Association's recreational advisory committee meeting July
black Dodge Charger squad cars have the usual DCSO markings with
the exception of white paint. A decision to leave the cars darker
will actually save the sheriff's office $128,000 over four years,
DCSO evaluated cost-saving measures and one area with great
potential was the patrol car's paint and graphic scheme. The
savings from leaving the vehicles dark is about $1,200 per car and
the DCSO orders about 10-12 marked patrol cars per
recent years, there has been an increase in cosmetic maintenance
because the white paint has a tendency to chip off. And, as
undersheriff Tony Spurlock points out, there have been more crashes
and fender benders with fleeing criminals.
run into us and we run into people," he said. "It's more expensive
to get them fixed if you have two different colors."
addition to the immediate cost-savings of leaving the paint off,
solid-colored cars are worth more at resale. Residents will have to
get used to the new vehicles, which are not likely to give deputies
any advantages in catching speeders.
very high-profile," Spurlock said, adding unmarked patrol cars are
used for better disguise. "We want people to see them and know we
have a presence."
vehicles will be based out of the department's new substation at
Highlands Ranch Parkway and Ridgeline Boulevard. “Serving Highlands
Ranch” will be written on the side panels.
are planning a phased introduction; existing cars will not be
re-painted. A batch of Chevrolet Caprices and Ford Crown Victorias
were retired with the recent purchase of 12 cars. The DCSO gets
roughly 100,000 miles out of each squad car. Old police vehicles
are typically sold to taxi cab companies, Weaver said.
2011 cars will be put into service as soon as equipment is
installed and within four years, all of the patrol cars will
display the modern look. Panasonic Toughbooks will be installed in
the new squad cars, as will new, longer-lasting LED flashers and a
Motorola APX 7500 multiband radio unit. An announcement from the
sheriff's office said the reflective graphics make the car easy to
spot during the day or night.
Newsome, a Highlands Ranch for 10 years, said he is glad that the
sheriff's office is publicizing the new vehicles so the public does
not get confused. He also admitted that he occasionally drives over
the speed limit and said he will now know what type of vehicle to
watch out for.
vehicle packages" give the cars improved suspension, but the engine
and transmission are stock, meaning the deputies will not have a
speed advantage over a normal Dodge Charger. The sheriff's office
could choose to have a different type of vehicle, but the Dodges
are part of a state bid, making them less expensive.
most significant benefit was fiscal," Spurlock said.
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