Sheriff’s Department okayed to buy 7 patrol vehicles

The La Paz County Board of Supervisors has authorized the purchase of 7 used Chevy Tahoe patrol vehicles.

The vehicles, which are used law enforcement-equipped Chevys, are being sold by the City of Avondale, AZ, which usually rotates vehicles out at around 60,000 to 70,000 miles, according to Lieutenant Richard Epps.

“The City of Avondale told me they serviced them every 3,000 to 4,000 miles, and that they’d rather send them to agencies like ours that need them than send them to auction,” Epps told the Supervisors.

“And these will be black and white,” added Sheriff Bill Risen. “We’ll continue on the color scheme of black and white. It’s a safer vehicle on the roads, studies have proven that people are more cognizant of black and white than a white car coming down the street, especially in Arizona, so we won’t change them from a black and white scheme. We will change the decals.”

The Supervisors had some questions, particularly around cost. District 2 Supervisor Duce Minor urged continued caution around spending, saying the County was in better shape than last year but not yet in a fully optimum financial condition.

But with safety in mind, the Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the vehicles.

6 comments

  1. Darren Rude

    To many miles for a Chevy!

  2. Do they REALLY need these new vehicles? Seems like alot more money than necessary is spent on law enforcement vehicles every year. Maybe the ones they have wouldn’t have so many miles on them if the officers using them didn’t have to drive them home everyday.

  3. Kristin Brundige – Are you being serious or just trolling? You do realize an officer spends the majority of their time in a vehicle, going from call to call. $100,000 for 7 vehicles that are already equipped is a pretty sweet deal. That is a little over $14,000 a car. The average cost of a new patrol vehicle, equipped and ready for the road is $45,000 to $55,000 per car.

    Having take home cars has actually shown to prolong a vehicle’s life due to the officer taking better care of the vehicle.

    Before making asinine comments like this, you should probably do a little research.

  4. Byron Mcmahon

    yeay now i get my own 💁‍♀️💁‍♀️🙆‍♀️🙆‍♀️

  5. a car is needed in thse places for the peoples securety. We all need to bare arms pronto.

  6. It’s not that I have a problem with La Paz county getting new cars now and then… But just seems like they get them every year. And sure, it is a fantastic deal. Would really love to see La Paz County spend some money on a drug rehab center. I’m sure there is a good reason why that could never be worth looking into.

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