Shasta County Sheriff's Office prepares for new cars

REDDING, Calif. - Patrol cars for the Shasta County Sheriff's Office will soon get a make-over. Officials said on Tuesday that Ford is no longer making its signature 'Crown Victoria', therefore a new model is needed.

Deputies said that the department can choose from a Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Caprice, Ford Taurus or Interceptor or a Chevy Tahoe.

Sheriff's department officials said all of their choices are good cars but they are still deciding which make and model will be a better fit for them.

Whatever they pick will ultimately need new graphics, which cost about the same as the old ones.

"It's cost savings we're looking at," said Sheriff Tom Bosenko. "Savings to stretch the tax dollar any way we can, the new decals help us save money in addition to helping save labor."

The sheriff said his department will save about $600 per car.

A total of 50 vehicles will eventually be replaced. The department will not get rid of the older vehicles until they are damaged.

The sheriff's department does not yet have a set date when they will finalize their decision.

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