MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies will soon begin driving new vehicles with a new color and graphics design.
According to Sheriff Joe Gerace, the first new patrol vehicle was put into service last week.
“For over a decade, the Sheriff’s Office operated the Chevrolet Impala Police vehicle as its main patrol car,” the sheriff’s office said in a media release sent out late last week. “For 2018, Chevrolet pulled the Impala from its line of police vehicles. The Sheriff’s Office was forced to evaluate other offerings for its fleet. After careful consideration of the available vehicles, the Ford Interceptor Utility was selected due to price, safety and gas mileage.”
Sheriff Gerace said the new vehicle gives deputies considerably more storage space for equipment they carry. This is especially true for those deputies who are EMTs. The vehicle is also all wheel drive which is very important for navigating throughout the County in a variety of road conditions.
With the change of vehicles, it was also decided to change the color of the vehicle from the traditional red and white to black and gold. Although a small amount of red was kept in the design as a part of tradition, the color change and graphics are unique and a significant change.
The sheriff’s office said the red and white cars will continue to be utilized until a full conversion is eventually complete.