FLEET DEPARTMENT READIES UNITS FOR INFLUX OF NEW DEPUTIES

FLEET DEPARTMENT READIES UNITS FOR INFLUX OF NEW DEPUTIES

Technicians with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department’s fleet division have been tirelessly working to prepare 17 additional patrol units that will be handed over to 17 new deputies on Dec. 17.

The new deputies are recent graduates from the department’s 18th Law Enforcement Academy that graduated in October.

Since graduation, cadets were paired with field training officers for Phase 2 of their training program. After the field training phase, deputies will be ready for solo patrol duties on January 19, 2013.

Finding 17 additional units was a challenge for Steve Dunn, fleet coordinator for the department who was tasked with ensuring each unit is in the best mechanical condition.

“Upon issue to the deputy, every unit will have gone through three overall performance checks,” said Dunn. “We make sure each unit runs smoothly, has a calibrated radar unit, a laptop, a dashboard-mounted camera, fully-functional light bar and a police radio.”

Fire extinguishers and first-aid kits are also issued to each unit.

The cruisers, all Ford Crown Victorias, range from 2003 to 2007 models and were used as spare units to the existing motor pool, said Dunn.

Deputies are able to take home their units, according to contracts they have with Doña Ana County.
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