One of the most important roles of government is keeping residents safe. As the newest county commissioner, I can’t say enough about the hard work of our Lorain County Sheriff’s Department. Under the leadership of Sheriff Phil Stammitti, we have a dedicated team of brave men and women who serve and protect our county each day.

I wanted to share with you a recent report presented by the department about the challenges of running our safety fleet of road patrol cars. First, the cars travel more than 1.4 million miles a year. Most of these miles come from patrols covering 18 townships in our county.

There are 83 vehicles in the fleet with 44 designated for road patrol. The national average for when a patrol car is replaced is 100,000 miles. Here in Lorain County, a patrol car on average is replaced when it reaches 160,000 miles. Four vehicles are used by the department’s auxiliary team. These volunteers provided more than 17,000 hours of assistance at community events and with traffic control.

The department’s Support Car Program has made it possible for deputies to rapidly respond to an emergency while on their way to or from work. Last year, deputies responded to more than 670 such calls. Finally, outfitting a patrol car is expensive. The average overall cost to buy and install all of the needed equipment is $38,000 per unit.

The Sheriff’s Department plays a vital role in our county as it works with local departments to keep our families safe. The Commissioners salute these brave men and women.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have about county government at 440-329-5301 or email mlundy@loraincounty.us. I work for you and look forward to serving you.

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