- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) - A grand jury has recommended the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department replace all of its patrol cars to ensure the safety of deputies and adequate enforcement in the county.

WLOX-TV (https://bit.ly/1oqPmT3 ) reports some of the current cars in the fleet have 200,000 miles and need constant repair.

Sheriff Ricky Adam says he’s asked for new patrol cars every year since his election, but the old board of supervisors denied the requests. Adam says he sees a more favorable relationship with the new board.

Adam says gambling money will be used to buy a few new cars in the next two months, and he expects the board to approve the purchase of more vehicles in the new budget year.

The grand jury also recommended pursuing buying body cameras for the department’s force.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, https://www.wlox.com

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