Sheriff David A. Weaver is excited to announce that Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) will begin implementing a new more modern patrol car design. The graphics will remain unchanged, but the cars will be one color-black. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will no longer use the traditional black and white police cars.
In 2011 DCSO evaluated cost saving measures and one area that offered a significant cost savings was the patrol car paint and graphic scheme. In the past when DCSO purchased a new black car a portion of the car would be painted white. The cost of the paint would generally be about $1200 per car and DCSO orders about 10-12 marked patrol cars per year. Also, in the past few years, there has been an increase in cosmetic maintenance because the white paint has a tendency to chip off. In addition to the immediate cost saving measures of not painting the cars – solid-colored cars are worth more at resale. Ultimately, over the four years of his current term, Sheriff Weaver will save about $128,000 simply by leaving patrol cars black.
Other benefits of not painting the car include the speed in getting the cars in service. In the past, the car would not be able to go into service until after the car was painted and, after that the police equipment would be installed. In some cases this would delay the use of the car by weeks.
Sheriff David A. Weaver said he takes fiscal responsibility extremely serious and this is a common sense approach to saving money.
This will be a phased approach and existing cars will not be re-painted. The new 2011 cars will be put into service as soon as equipment is installed and within four years, all of our patrol cars will wear our new modern look.
Please see attached jpeg of the new car look.
The official unveiling of the new car design will be held at the:
Douglas County 150th Anniversary Celebration
When: Friday, August 5, 2011
Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds Indoor Arena
Ceremony commences at 12:30 p.m.
Event concludes at 2:30 p.m.
For more information please visit: www.douglas.co.us/150/