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WCSO uses donations, inmate labor to stretch tax dollars

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office recently received 10 donated surplus center vehicle consoles which were no longer needed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The WCSO Maintenance Division is outfitting 10 of the road patrol trucks with the new consoles which include a place for the in-vehicle computers, a spot for the light and siren controls and a place for the communications equipment. FWC also donated 20 blue light and siren control modules.

Image In addition, the new consoles have an adjustable computer table and a place for law enforcement officers to store valuable items inside a locked compartment.
WCSO Maintenance staffer Gene Darby estimated that each console that was donated is valued at $500. In addition, a local business, Residential Elevators, donated thousands of dollars worth of wood that is being used to spruce up the offices and other locations at the WCSO Range and Training Center. Inmate labor is also being used to create new desk tops in the jail for the detention staff. Darby estimated the value of the donated wood at $50,000.

The tool boxes have been carpeted to provide the best storage area possible for the deputies. The maintenance crew created new storage space in the back seat of the Chevrolet Silverado trucks to provide law enforcement with a work table and storage space behind the passenger seat. The WCSO crew also created the mesh metal security over the glass windows which saved taxpayers several more thousand dollars.

Darby also installs all of the emergency lighting in the patrol vehicles which includes lights in the third brake light and stop lights, the front of the vehicle and the top of the cab for extra safety for the deputies when they are stopped with a vehicle on the side of the road.

Image “Our maintenance department is second to none,” said Sheriff Charlie Creel. “The crew does an outstanding job handling all of the demands this operation puts on them while also saving the taxpayers money whenever possible. We will use inmate talent and labor whenever possible to get the biggest bang for our buck.”

 

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