|Maintenance crew prepares new patrol vehicles|
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Maintenance Division put the finishing touches on a new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado which was put in service this week to replace an older patrol vehicle.
The talented maintenance staff completed the work to place the vehicle on the road by saving taxpayers a great deal of money over having the work completed by an assortment of vendors.
Since the road patrol deputies live in their vehicles and the vehicles serve as their office, the crew created a section of shelving in the back seat which allows deputies to store documents and other materials while also giving the deputy a place to work if they need desk space but don’t have time to come into the agency to use office space.
The crew does the radio, siren box and computer installations to save more money and has created a homemade cage in the back seat that creates a safe environment for the deputy when he or she is transporting prisoners to jail. The Silverado does not have a standardized back seat safety cage so the WCSO crew welded and created their own for only $125.
The Silverado trucks not only stand up to the many county dirt roads better than patrol cars they are replacing, but they have more storage space for items such as chain saws, shovels, fire extinguishers and other materials the deputy might need over the course of the day. A tool box is located in the bed of the truck. The trucks are also higher off the ground which makes responding to calls during times of bad weather such as flooding easier and safer.
The crew installed a standard door and window protector to keep inmates from damaging the inside of the vehicle while they are being transported. The vehicle was acquired through the Wakulla County One Cent Sales Tax collections and additional vehicles will be fitted in a similar manner when they are acquired.
Deputy Stephen Simmons received the first call from the maintenance division telling him to come get his new patrol vehicle and turn in the old Chevrolet Impala that was his office on the road. His five year old Impala had approximately 100,000 miles on it when the switch was made.