BEND, OR -- Three new Deschutes County Sheriff’s patrol cars hit the streets, Friday. They feature a new look reminiscent of the past. Sheriff Shane Nelson hopes it’ll help Deputies be more easily identified as law enforcement, "We went back – well actually, we’ve never had – but, we went to a black and white design. And, it’s very recognizable; it’s highly visible. And, I’ve gotten a lot of positive comments from citizens already, on the car, because we did have a car out and about for two weeks." He tells KBND News, "Given what goes on what law enforcement impersonators and things like that, I just felt that we need to have a car where, when someone looks at it they go, ‘that’s a patrol car; that’s a cop car’."
The cars feature several new graphics, including references to the Sheriff's Office social media profiles.
Sgt. William Bailey says the new color scheme won’t impact the agency’s budget, "Through last fiscal year and through the next fiscal year, we’ll be adding 30 new black and white vehicles to our patrol fleet. But again, there is no additional cost; they’re vehicles we would be replacing anyway. And, the new graphic scheme is no additional cost, either. We have to outfit our cars with graphics so people recognize them." Sgt. Bailey says patrol cars can rack up about a million miles a year and must be replaced every two to three years.
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