The York County Sheriff's Office patrol fleet won't be hard to spot. If you see a steel gray car with the words "Sheriff York County" in large yellow and orange reflective decals stretching over both doors with matching stripes along the front and back panels, that's one of theirs.
A total of 28 new units, with new decals and graphics designed by a Rock Hill company, already are on the road, and more will be replaced as they are rotated out of use. Cost of the vehicles is about $41,000 each with $460 of that going for the new decals.
This is the first time in 11 years that county patrol cars have been redesigned. The bolder look also includes the sheriff's star and the year 1786, when the office was established. Also featured is the sheriff's office Web site -- yorkcountysheriff.com -- and the Crimestoppers' phone number.
The sheriff hopes the new design will make the cars more visible. No worry there.
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The Rock Hill Police Department did much the same thing with its patrol cars in 2003. The idea is that a high-visibility patrol car may slow more speeders, help deter crime and assure residents that help is near in case of an emergency.
After 11 years with the old design, it's time for a change. Deputies reportedly like the new cars, and if morale is enhanced, that's another benefit.
All in all, it looks like a good investment.
York County Sheriff's Office patrol cars have a new look for first time in 11 years.