LIVINGSTON COUNTY —The Sheriff’s Office is making upgrades to the department that the Sheriff says will result in improved safety for Deputies and savings for the tax payer with replacing gas guzzling vehicles and the addition of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has already purchased one new 2014 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, and is likely to get approval from the County Board of Supervisors for four additional ones that will replace the Chevy Tahoes currently being driven by officers. The Interceptor offers valuable standard features such as a durable breaking system and a V6 engine that offers excellent fuel economy, a back-up camera and a heavy duty frontal brush guard to prevent damage from deer strikes and accidents. The vehicle also features a bluetooth wireless connection for cell phone operation.
Durability is a key component in the Interceptor’s design. The Interceptor features a heavy-duty breaking system, the large diameter of the rotors are made of a high mass material, which allows for a higher thermal capacity and direct air flow toward break pads to keep components cooler. Heat reduction and increased durability supports break durability and quick stops, keeping maintenance costs low and officer safety in mind.
The Interceptor’s engine is a V6, V6 refers to the number of cylinders in a vehicle’s engine. A 6 cylinder vehicle is more fuel efficient than an 8 cylinder engine, as fewer cylinders means less gas is being pumped into the engine, shaving off fuel costs. Ford estimates that the V6 engine has 20% better fuel economy than a V8 engine.
Other standard features include a backup camera and an all-wheel driving system, which is designed and calibrated for pursuit. The driving system is able to transfer torque before wheel slippage occurs, putting more control in the hands of officers, beneficial for Livingston County’s hard winters.
The proposed purchase of the UAV will provide a great resource for the Department, and could potentially contain cameras and thermal imaging devices to assist in rescues. The cost to purchase one UAV is approximately the equivalent of two Helicopter missions, which is around $10,000. The flexibility for the the Office to use them on Rescues and search operations will serve them as an invaluable tool. The purchase of the vehicles has passed committee level and look to be approved at the next full Board of Supervisors Meeting. Funding for the UAV was obtained via a New York State Grand by New York Senator Pat Gallivan.
PHOTO CAPTION: The first of the new 2014 Ford Explorer Police Interceptors is already ready to roll out into the community. (Photo/Josh Williams)
Correction: The article referred to the Chevy PPV V8 engine in regards to fuel economy, stating that specific engine was less efficient. This is not the case.