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Sheriff’s Office purchases two new hybrid vehicles

Anticipates saving more than $3,000 on fuel a year

The Sheriffs Office recently purchased two new hybrid vehicles to add to its fleet. The vehicles will be used for administrative and investigative work. They will not replace patrol vehicles.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office recently purchased two new hybrid vehicles to add to its fleet, according to Lt. Andrew Wright.

The new Toyota Highlander hybrids will replace traditional SUVs and be used for administrative and investigative work, Wright said. They will not replace patrol vehicles.

"We have looked at the options for going fully electric, but it is not practical based on the work we do and amount of equipment we put in this vehicles," Wright said.

Every year the Sheriff's Office rotates vehicles out of use once they reach approximately 100,000 miles, Wright said. He added four have been identified that reach the mark and an additional eight hybrid vehicles have been requested as part of the 2018 budget.

"Does it really save money in the long run because these vehicles are quite a bit more money? Over the life of the vehicle, you probably break even. But, we estimate we will save up to $3,000 a year on fuel and we are excited about supporting the county's goals in terms of environmental stewardship," Wright said.

Sheriff Justin Martinez said in a statement the vehicles will also help reduce law enforcement's carbon footprint.

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"The Sheriff's Office is excited to support the County Council's strategic plan by reducing emissions generated from County operations," Martinez stated. "Additionally, these two hybrids are projected to reduce the Sheriff's annual fuel cost … That allows us to repurpose those funds for other safety needs."