Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin can replace several aging patrol cars following Monday action by the county council. They agreed to appropriate money from the Jail CEDIT and Therapeutic Community funds to cover the cost.
Dulin plans to buy one new Ford Interceptor patrol car from Best Ford in Knox with money from the local option tax. He’s also looking to purchase three or four reconditioned police vehicles from a dealer in Chicago for between $15 and $20,000 each.
Dulin says they have less than 50,000 miles each and come with warranties. He adds the Chicago Police Department purchases vehicles from the same dealer to supplement its fleet.
The commissioners agreed to the purchase and noted they like the idea of purchasing one new vehicle along with the reconditioned ones. The Starke County Sheriff’s Office did not buy any vehicles last year.
Dulin says four of the five they are looking to replace have more than 110,000 miles, while the fifth one has 92,000.
The Sheriff’s Office truck will still be used by the jail maintenance director, while the other vehicles will be allocated to other departments within the county.