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Rogers County Sheriff's Office receives 19 new vehicles

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Updated: 7/10/2013 11:35 pm Published: 7/10/2013 11:33 pm

FOX23 has learned the Rogers County Sheriff's Office is getting 19 new vehicles.

Deputies say it's a win for both them and the community because both will be safer.

"This vehicle is a 2003 Chevy Tahoe and it was donated to us by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office," said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.

It has over 200,000 miles and Walton says, with all the wear and tear it's costing the Sheriff's Office, more money just to keep it running.

"We see maintenance cost, fuel cost and everything go up when using these vehicles that are old and tired," he said.

It's the main reason Walton says getting 19 new vehicles was needed. The department is getting 11 SUV's and 8 sedans to help cover 700 square miles. FOX23 found out on average, the vehicles cost $27,000. But Walton says you can't put a price on safety.

"If a police vehicle breaks down if it's en route to a call then we certainly have a problem," he said.

The Sheriff's Office is saving at least $4,000 by reusing equipment such as the sirens, radio and lights.

There will also be a new gun and rifle lock installed. But there is still a huge need.

"I'm very grateful that we were able to get 19 cars but we could very easily use 19 more cars," Walton said.

They have 25 reserve deputies sharing cars with someone who's not on duty.

"In order to supply Rogers County citizens with what they need we need to have the transportation to get there and help them," Walton told FOX23.

He says a deputy travels about 300 miles during one 12-hour shift.

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