The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is slowly replacing its fleet of patrol cars with the Chevy Tahoe SUV. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said he prefers the Crown Victoria, but Ford stopped making it.
"I loved them. I wish that Ford had figured out a way to continue to make them, and we bought every last one we could get our hands on until they stopped making them," Gualtieri said.
He started looking into the future, surveyed his deputies, and picked the Tahoe, which is surprising less expensive that what people might think.
"We're only paying $21,000 and change for these. We're getting a great deal by buying them under the contract price," he explained.
The sheriff says gas mileage around town is pretty close to the cars, and the Tahoe offers more space for officers and is safer for everybody.
"It is going to be what the future is because it's the best product for our deputies, and it's an economical product, and that's what our fleet is going to be," Gualtieri said.
There are now 44 Chevy Tahoes on the street and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will add about 50 a year as older patrol cars are retired.
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