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July 10, 2013

Sheriff’s fleet gets an upgrade

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Local vendor, Visual Force, installed the lights and other equipment recycling materials from the old fleet to save the department money.
The cost saving measure is allowing the cars to be fitted with added equipment including gun or rifle locks, according to Walton.
The average cost of the equipment for a unit is $4,000, however this has been reduced by recycling the old light bars and other equipment, according to Smittle.
Walton said he is working to give his deputies the tools they need to get the job done.
The focus is on serving the public and making sure officers are ready and able to serve when called for assistance.
The Rogers County Commissioners approved the purchase last year, committing to the investment in public safety.
Commissioner Mike Helm also provided mechanical assistance on the old fleet vehicles in the past year and spoke at the Sept. 24, 2012 meeting of the board, reminding them of the importance of public safety.
Helm said the number one priority is the Sheriff’s cars and public safety being the number one priority of Rogers County. 
He also encouraged the board to add 2 to 3 additional deputies to the department.  
The Sheriff received the vehicles and now is looking to add the manpower to his department. 
The Rogers County Commissioners have not started the budget process for the 2013-14 fiscal year so it has not been determined is Helm’s request from last year’s budget will be filled.

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