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The Logan County Sheriff’s Department wants to rotate two of its older, high mileage cruisers to help keep up with the battle of ensuring the fleet is up-to-date and up-to-par. The department has 16 cruisers on the road and three spares.

“It’s like a slow bleed,” said Sheriff’s Captain Stephen Stratton. “We try each year to swap out at least two cruisers in the fleet which helps slow the bleed down, but doesn’t stop it completely.”

Stratton attended the Tuesday, Aug. 12 Logan County Fiscal Court meeting presenting quotes to replace two of the department’s cruisers which had reached 150,000 and 200,000 miles. Stratton told the court although it wasn’t mandatory, the department tries to rotate when a cruiser reaches 150,000 miles.

Stratton got two quotes on two 2012 models. He reported to the court he tried to get more but the 2012 models are hard to come by.

Stratton’s first quote was for $15,750 each from the Missouri Highway Patrol. The Logan County Sheriff’s Department has purchased cruisers from them in the past. The second was from Freeland in Nashville, Tenn. for $18,075 each.

Magistrate Jo Orange mentioned it may be better to purchase two brand new cruisers at the state contract price of $24,700 each.

“Sometimes it pays to buy used, but if the department wants to change the cruisers out every 150,000 miles, it may be better to buy new,” said Orange.

Logan County Judge Executive Logan Chick mentioned there was $46,000 in the budget line item to purchase cruisers.

“Maybe some of the drug money could be used toward the purchase,” said Orange.

Magistrate Thomas Bouldin said he can’t remember the last time new cruisers were purchased for the department and didn’t think it’s been since he’s been on the court.

Stratton thought Orange’s idea of purchasing new was probably correct and would be the best decision. Purchasing new would help catch the department up.

Magistrate Drexel Johnson agreed with Orange’s idea and felt it need to be looked into more.

There will be added costs to the new and used cruisers either way the court decides, which include painting, striping and equipment. Magistrates asked Stratton to come back the next court meeting with quotes that included all costs on both the used and new cruisers so they could compare apples to apples.

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