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Sheriff’s Office purchases 13 new patrol units
Dodge makes the lower bid under Ford
By M. Susanne Hinkle -   May 25, 2006

Pictured is Sheriff Greg Champagne, Jan Madere (Madere's Garage) and Deputy Thomas Mayville
Pictured is Sheriff Greg Champagne, Jan Madere (Madere's Garage) and Deputy Thomas Mayville

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s department recently purchased 13 new patrol interceptors for its officers through a government program.

Patrolling communities on 12 hour shift intervals, police vehicles rack up lots of miles. Sheriff Champagne purchases a dozen new police units a year, and retires older units with high maintenance costs.

The 13 Dodge Chargers were purchased at the statewide bid price of $20,900 each. The bid award is a change from the traditional Ford Crown Victoria that had consistantly been the low bidder.

The new police cars will be patrolling the streets of the parish once all the electronic equipment has been installed.

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