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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to test new police cars on patrol

9:59 PM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You could soon see two new police cars patrolling the streets of Jacksonville.  

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has purchased two new patrol vehicles to test because the police Chevy Impalas, which JSO has been purchasing since 2005, will soon be discontinued.

"So, we're just planning ahead," explained Assistant Chief John Lamb.  "We just want to be able to make a better informed decision so when that time comes that the Impala is no longer available, we'll be able to easily go with another vehicle and we put our time and research into it to make a better informed decision."

The Sheriff's Office will decide between the Chevy Caprice for $31,054 or the Ford Taurus "police pursuit package" for $27,448.  To help them in their decision, the cars will rotate so that officers in different zones and different shifts will be able to give their feedback.  

Lamb said JSO officers will compare several factors:

-Officer comfort
-Vehicle maintenance record
-Fuel consumption
-Life expectancy
-Cost
-Safety

"You need the vehicle to withstand the day to day demands and challenges that we put on a vehicle that the average person doesn't.  Our vehicles need to stand the test of time," added Lamb.  

Lamb said JSO officers will test the cars for about a year.  

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