Part of the new Sheriff’s direction was to outline four priorities within public safety. One such area was the lack of planning on keeping a useable fleet available to respond to your calls for help and service. Prior to this Sheriff it was just get what you can for vehicles and drive them till the wheels fall off. Emergency vehicles with over 200,000 miles, no resale value and falling apart while in route to calls.
The new plan, which some of the County Commissioners do not want you to know about is replace the fleet in a three year rotation. A unit would only be kept for three years or 90,000 miles, and then it would be traded in while it still had resale value. That sale then used to offset future costs in the replacement unit. Seems simple enough, all professional Public Safety agencies have a plan in place to insure the units are safe and able to respond to your calls for assistance and are traded in when they still have enough value to be applied to the next police unit.
How come Dona Ana County officials, do not want such a plan in place? Well we can share with you the answer, because that would use up some of the GRT designated for public safety.
How come Dona Ana County officials, do not want such a plan in place? Well we can share with you the answer, because that would use up some of the GRT designated for public safety. Now Commissioner Garrett will boast to all who will listen that the Sheriff’s Department has all they need and they just bought more vehicles as proof. Yes more vehicles were bought but not enough to put a proper plan in place. Instead falling back to the old way of get enough to say they did but not putting anything in place to keep the fleet fully ready and able to respond when you the citizen are in need. Here again why would public safety not be first on the list of priorities? Simple it uses the GRT money that was designated and more than enough to put a fleet plan in place. There are County officials who just can’t have that cause you see they have other plans for that money and public safety is not one of them.
Again we ask you contact your County Commissioner and let them know this is unacceptable. Let them know your family and their safety is a priority. Let them know to allow the Sheriff to implement a plan which protects the ability to respond and have a fleet which is not a waste of Tax payer’s money. Here are some photos of some of our units which many citizens have adopted the term of Dalmatian patrol vehicle for its spots from missing paint and rust. Many of these units have over 200,000 miles and are not guaranteed to be able to respond when they are truly needed. Oh and yes that is white duct tape on the unmarked unit. We are the second largest county in the state yet we have no program in place to protect our citizen’s investment in patrol units. How is this possible, when you the public were told the GRT taxes you were increased would be used for such expenditures.