Canadian County sheriff’s vehicles will be used for driver training

Five worn-out Crown Victorias declared surplus, transferred to DPS

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Canadian County Undersheriff Kevin Ward

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – Five worn-out Canadian County sheriff’s vehicles are headed west to Washita County to help train law enforcement personnel.

Sheriff’s deputies have “run the life out of them,” said Canadian County Undersheriff Kevin Ward, referring to five well-used Crown Victorias.

The group includes one 2006, two 2007s, one 2008, and one 2011.

The inventory has been transferred from the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Canadian County Commissioners made it official at their Nov. 1st meeting.

Since the value of this surplus county equipment is just $1,000, Ward said the sheriff’s office will supply the five vehicles for use at DPS’ “high-speed driving track” in Burns Flat.

There, state troopers and other law enforcement officers from across Oklahoma and in other states will use them for driver training.

In exchange, DPS will not charge the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office the normal $100 fee for training its deputies there.

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ODDS N ENDS …

In other business at their Nov. 1st weekly meeting, Canadian County Commissioners approved:

  • Awarding a $14,665 quote to Brian’s Flooring to install new flooring at the District 2 shop. District 2 Commissioner Dave Anderson called three vendors and received two quotes, the other $16,110 from Sooner Flooring.
  • Advertising for bids to buy new mowing tractors for District 3. District 3 Commissioner Jack Stewart prefers to obtain the tractors through a bid process instead of getting them off state contract.
  • Awarding a $9,137 “high” bid to Michelle Jones for a used Canadian County Treasurer’s Office vehicle.

Undersheriff Ward gave the weekly Canadian County Jail report, showing 236 inmates in custody – 207 prisoners at the El Reno detention center and 29 housed in other counties.

Canadian County’s inmate population numbers are “much better than they were a month ago,” Ward told county commissioners.

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