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JC dips into public safety fund
The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department is adding a new Dodge Durango sports utility vehicle, such as this one.
The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department is adding a new Dodge Durango sports utility vehicle, such as this one.
Since taking office on Jan. 1, 2015, Jennings County Sheriff Gary Driver says he has purchased eight vehicles for the department at no cost to taxpayers.

Buying and installing police equipment in the vehicles, however, is a different matter.

Instead of purchasing the cars from tax revenue, the sheriff uses profits from the jail commissary.

"I don't want a pat on the back; I'm doing this because this is the way it's supposed to be done," Driver told the Jennings County Council. "I'm a taxpayer, too. I want to save money for the taxpayers."

Two new sheriff department vehicles purchased this month need equipment - expensive devices such as radios, GPS units, radar units and dash cameras.

Driver came to the Council to request $29,000 to equip the two vehicles - a 2017 Dodge Durango sports utility vehicle and a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup truck.

"My plan is to rotate two new cars into the fleet every two years and I've done that," said the sheriff, now three years into his four-year term. "Now all our vehicles in our fleet have less than 70,000 miles on them."

Driver said his department has gained grants to equip several of those vehicles with radios. Now it is time for the council to pony up for the equipment, he asserts.

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