Three new Ford Interceptors are in service by deputies
The Marion County Sheriff Department’s three new Ford Interceptors are now in service.
Sheriff Jimmy Shinn reported that news Monday during the County Commission meeting at the courthouse in Palmyra.
While Shinn said he has yet to be in one of the new vehicles he has heard positive comments from those who have used the Interceptors, the purchase of which was approved by the Commission in February of this year.
“The guys really like them,” said the sheriff. “There’s so much more room.”
The black vehicles with silver decals are specially made for law enforcement in mind, according to Shinn.
“They’re four-wheel drive which will help a lot,” he said. “They have heavy duty suspension, brakes and transmission.”
One addition that Shinn intends to make is a partition in each of the new vehicles to separate the back storage compartment, where the shotguns and rifles are stored, from the back seat, where prisoners are placed when being transported.
“If an inmate gets over the back seat they are where the guns are, which are kept in a case,” he said. “With the partition there’s no way they (prisoners) can get back there (near the weapons bin).”
Shinn said each partition will cost $300.
Two of the new vehicles cost the county $34,391 apiece, while the third, which features a slightly different equipment package, cost $33,904.
The three Interceptors will replace some aging vehicles, which are now being made ready for sale
“I have a work inmate taking the striping off the old police cars so we can put them out for sale in the coming weeks and get them off our insurance,” said Shinn.
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