CATEGORY: Lee County
Lee County gets new patrol cars
By Cynthia M. Jeffries
The Lee County Sheriff’s Department is starting off the new year on new wheels.
On Dec. 31, nine 1996 Ford Crown Victorias were rolled onto the lot at the sheriff’s department. The fleet of Fords were purchased from Homer Skelton Ford in Olive Branch through a state contract for $19,100 each – $3,300 less than the sticker price.
The white V-8s with power windows, power locks, airbags and blue interior still have to be equipped with police radios, lights and cages, as well as be detailed with sheriff’s department decals and striping.
Businesses in Guntown, Oxford and Tupelo are slated to do the work.
“We try to get as much of our equipment locally as possible,” Chief Deputy Steve Brooks said.
Three of the vehicles were given to the department’s investigators Tuesday to replace their vehicles, which were old and had either high mileage or mechanical problems.
On Wednesday the remaining six were parked behind the sheriff’s department on Front Street.
Brooks estimated that all of the vehicles should be fully equipped and on the road within two weeks.
This is the first large fleet of replacement cars the department has received since 1993, when 12 vehicles were put in service. Last year, the department got three vehicles as replacement cars.
Most of the cars that will be taken off patrol will be sold at a county auction later this year, said Sheriff Harold Ray Presley. A few of the older vehicles will be driven by reserve officers, he said.
On average, deputies put 300 miles a day on each of the cars. All told, the department has 35 vehicles, 25 of which are marked. The marked vehicles are shared by 13 full-time deputies, 10 reserves, warrant servers, court workers and Metro DUI officers.