The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office may soon be adding additional vehicles to the department, Sheriff David Carpenter told the Times-News last week.
The agency procured a new Ford police interceptor SUV in September, at a price of $25,313. If the vehicle proves durable, spacious and successful in carrying out the assigned sergeant’s daily duties, it could be the first of many more of its kind to call the Sheriff’s Office home.
In addition to offering a roomier drive, the SUV is useful for inclement weather due its all-wheel drive capacity.
The department already boasts a fleet of nearly 130 Ford Crown Victorias and Dodge Chargers, of which 100 are used for patrol.
“The number varies due to spare cars and switching out of worn out cars,” Carpenter said.
The Sheriff’s Office projects the department’s yearly mileage totals and totals for the next 10 years, annually replacing an average of 15 vehicles, a number that’s regularly given to county officials keeping an eye on expenses.
“We have a great plan worked out with our county manager,” Carpenter said, “And we always purchase them on the state contract for purchase of new vehicles.”
Typically, vehicles are replaced at between 150,000 and 200,000 miles, bringing the yearly total of mileage for Sheriff’s Office vehicles to a little more than 2 million, Carpenter said.