The Harrison County Board of Supervisors approved a new car fleet for the Sheriff's Office. The board approved nearly $500,000 for the purchase of 20 new police vehicles. Sheriff Melvin Brisolara says the cars are unsafe once they reach 300,000 miles on the odometer. The department has over 60 vehicles and hopes to replace 20 every year. As the current cars get worn down, the Sheriff has been forced to put multiple deputies in one car.
Brisolara says, “We have cars out there that are totally unsafe. You know, we have 581 square miles of Harrison County to patrol and we do that with a small patrol fleet which just induces the mileage on the cars and we have to make sure that we keep these officers in safe cars and replacing the fleet every three years is the only way to do it.” Now, every year, the Harrison County Sheriff's Office is set to receive 20 new deputy vehicles.