The empty parking lot across from the Sheriff’s Department/Correctional Facility looked like the staging area for an automobile auction – or for a movie chase scene involving a formation of police cars – one morning last week. The department had just taken delivery of five new Ford Explorer patrol cars, acquired at a total cost, including radios, lights, and on-board computer add-ons, of $174,000 and change. They were lined up in a phalanx, and the good guys were obviously proud of them, as Sheriff-elect Mark Moon, left, and chief deputy-to-be Brian Whitt pose with the stealthy-looking black beauties. “I’m thankful the commission released the money so we could get these vehicles out there on patrol in the county,” Moon said. “Installation of the radios and computers will be completed in about a week and then they’ll be out there on the job,” he said.
Bad news for the bad guys.