A growing relationship over the past years between the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Carl Black Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC of Kennesaw continue with a brand new truck provided to the Sheriff’s Office for their use for 2021.

The PCSO has been provided with a new truck to use from Carl Black GMC over since the beginning of a partnership begun in 2014, and in return, after outfitting the vehicle with logos and equipment the Sheriff’s Office usually seeks permission to purchase the truck afterward for a discounted cost. In recent years, the Commission has mostly gone along with the request and approved the purchase.

Five of those vehicles, per the PCSO, have been purchased out of the past seven years.

Pickups and SUVs have been the vehicles of choice for new purchases for local police departments when possible due to their greater resale value, and because the cost of working on the previously popular option of Dodge Chargers for regular maintenance is higher than with previous vehicles in the fleet.

Additionally, trucks and SUVs provide departments with the ability to get around on many of the backroads of Polk County that aren’t paved. Some also provide a greater amount of room for officers and their equipment and can be turned into K-9 vehicles with rear seat cages with more room as well for four-legged officers.

This week, the Sheriff’s Office continued this trend when Sheriff Johnny Moats and Chief Deputy Jonathan Blackmon went to go get a new pickup from the dealership.

On Wednesday, the PCSO Facebook page provided a public show of thanks for the use of the vehicle for the year.

Here’s the posting:

We want say thank you to our faithful friends and supporters at Carl Black of Kennesaw; another new vehicle donated for us to use for a year at no cost to the taxpayers.

They also include donated funds to add needed Law Enforcement equipment such as lights and siren.

This is the seventh year in a row with their partnership and we have been able to purchase 5 of the seven at a great deal for Polk County.

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