Branch County Sheriff replaces aging patrol vehicles

Last month, the Branch County Sheriff’s Office put six new 2022 Ford Explorer patrol cars in service. 

Undersheriff Keith Eichler said you couldn’t tell the difference from the older cars, “except for the size. The new ones are wider.”

The cars are part of the planned rotation of road vehicles.

“This will give most everybody newer vehicles,” Eichler said. “I still have one deputy who’s driving a 2017. It’s got 110,000 miles on it.”

There is also a 2019 with about 90,000 miles on it. 

Keeping road patrol deputies in a safe vehicle is a priority.

“Others in the department still have older cars, a 2015 that we’re still driving,” he said. “Also, for marine patrol, I still have 2010 vehicles that we’re still using.”