Law Enforcement Turning to Hybrid Cars

As the price of gasoline hits record highs all across the country, more and more people are getting into those hybrid cars, and now law enforcement agencies are going for them too.

Hybrids are going high profile with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. The average hybrid car can do zero to 60 in about seven seconds. The normal police car can do it in about five, so while the hybrid might not be a muscle car, it can get about 50 miles to the gallon and that's why the Leon County Sheriff's Office has a special plan for these hybrid cars.

SGT Chris Chase of the Tallahassee Police Department says, "There will be no pursuits or emergency lights. It's strictly to deliver and serve the civil process and paperwork."

Scott Bakotic, Leon County Sheriff's Office Chief Administrator, says, "I thought it would be a good idea to try on of these hybrid cars to get the benefits of the gas mileage."

A civilian processor is an employee of a law enforcement agency who spends the day delivering summons for court, and legal paperwork to the necessary places. Over a year, a civil processor racks up thousands of miles.

Chris Chase adds, "You're talking double, possibly two and half times the same gas mileage. When you drive all day, that will make substantial difference in fuel cost."

LCSO says the average life for one of its vehicles is seven years. With a hybrid, that could mean an almost $5,000 savings for the life of the car for taxpayers.