The Sheriff's Automotive Services Unit, located at Sheriff Headquarters, is responsible for monitoring all of the vehicles in the fleet. This function includes maintenance of patrol cars, motorcycles, buses, prisoner transportation vans, boats, administrative vehicles, and many other specialty vehicles.
The Sheriff's Department patrol vehicles continue to enjoy a reputation of having the most modern equipment in today's law enforcement fleets. Considerable thought is given to the placement of all equipment for the safety and ease of our deputies.
The department's fleet continues to grow. In the year 2006, the Automotive Division incorporated the Coroner's fleet into the Sheriff's fleet. The fleet is comprised of from 1600 to 1700 vehicles at any given time (this number fluctuates, as many vehicles are constantly being rotated out of the fleet while their respective replacements are being readied for use).
In 2006, Sheriff's vehicles saw an increase of 2,250,839 miles over the previous year in mileage traveled, to yield a total of approximately 25,000,000 miles driven.
All of these resources are monitored and maintained by a Sheriff's Fleet Supervisor, a Communications Installer, two Mechanic Assistants, four Motor Pool Assistants, a Fiscal Clerk II and one Clerk II.
In 2006, Automotive Division began purchasing patrol cars equipped with ballistic door panels, laminated side windows and side airbags. The Division also purchased and outfitted 10 new Honda ST1300 motorcycles to be used in the contract cities.