13 Police cruisers approved for Forsyth County Sheriff's Office
Money to come from special $5M fund

April 30, 2013

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – During their April 23 work session, Forsyth County Commissioners agreed to release $313,212 of $5 million taken out of the sheriff’s office budget last year. The money will go toward new police cars.

Last year, outgoing Sheriff Ted Paxton removed $5 million from the budget for new Sheriff Duane Piper.

Piper needed the money, which was put into a special public safety fund at the request of commissioners, to use for the purchase of 13 new Dodge Chargers police cars.  

The vote was 4-0 with Commissioner Todd Levent absent.

The majority of patrol cars used by the sheriff’s office are Ford Crown Victorias.

“They’re actually the preferred model, but they don’t make Crown Vics anymore,” Piper told the commissioners, adding that the sheriff’s office is planning to refurbish many of its patrol cars.

“We’re not done with the Crown Vic refurbishment yet. We’re going to do that with every one of them,” he said.

Commissioners also voted to approve the sheriff’s office request to apply for the U.S. Department of Justice Fiscal Year 2013-14 Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant.

The grant is not to exceed $41,760 and will require a match from the county in the same amount.

In other business, commissioners unanimously approved:

<i>This article was published in the Forsyth Herald May 2, 2013 edition<i/>