UCSO beefs up its fleet

PENDLETON – The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners has signed off on leases that will beef up the fleet for the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicles are leased through Bancorp in partnership with Emergency Responder Services.

Board Chairman John Shafer said that the vehicles are from a Hermiston dealership, and will be fully equipped by ERS, including some extras.

“We were able to put seven additional in-car body camera systems,” Shafer said. “That’s going to allow the sheriff’s office to fully implement cameras in the existing fleet.”

The leases are for five Dodge Durango police package vehicles, a Ford F-250, and a Dodge Ram 1500 for a four-year period with an annual cost of $133,989. UCSO is also signing a two-year lease on a Jeep Grand Cherokee for its civil division with an annual cost of $13,531 a year.

Shafer said that leasing the vehicles is paying off. “In the first round of vehicles we sold back, we got a little over $30,000, and that was in a five-year period,” he said. “In the previous 10 years, I think they said they got about $1,900 back.