MCSO gets ready to unleash new fleet

FRESNO, Calif.

They sped through cones and around corners to see how the Ford Explorer Interceptor handles.

The Sheriff's office is gradually switching its entire fleet to SUV's because Ford no longer offers the Crown Victoria.

Sheriff Mark Pazin says the new vehicles are faster, safer, and more fuel-efficient. Pazin said, "We can handle more equipment, we can put in more computer software and technology, we're able to carry the high powered rifles, and again it's just the new norm, and we're very happy to have it."

The SUV's cost about $4,000 more to buy, but Sheriff Pazin says they come with more equipment and will save money on gas in the long run.

The department has two of the new models now and plans to add more as the other cars reach their mileage limit.

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