Armstrong sheriff replaces patrol cars with newer models
The Armstrong County Sheriff's Department's fleet of vehicles was back up to full force on Tuesday with the addition of two used police cars.
The department replaced its two out-of-commission Chevy Impalas with two 2011 Ford Crown Victorias. The cars were purchased from the Fox Chapel Police Department for $4,000 each, Armstrong County Sheriff Bill Rupert said. An additional $1,600 was spent to have Armstrong County markings put on the cars.
When the Impalas broke down this year, deputies were left sharing vehicles and using the department's van. Concerns about the cost of repairs led Rupert to look for replacements instead.
“Maintenance costs creep up to the point where you have to say it's not worth it,” he said.
Rupert jumped at the chance to buy the fully loaded police cars from Fox Chapel.
“These opportunities don't arise often, but when they do, it's nice,” Rupert said.
The county is waiting on word this fall about state grants that could cover the costs of the police cars retroactively, Rupert said.
The price of replacing the Impalas ended up costing less than it would have to fix them, said David Battaglia, chairman of the Armstrong County Commissioners.
“We had a need, and we had an opportunity,” he said. “This was a significant savings. We were getting two cars for really less than the price of one.”
Julie E. Martin is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1315, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Kittanning, Kiski police getting trained to help abuse victims
- Teachers at 2 Armstrong schools go casual for a cause