They are the first 30 new Richmond County Sheriff's Office Dodge Chargers that will patrol the streets of Augusta and Richmond County.
“It is a faster car, it is less expensive then the Ford product by about $2,000,” says Ron Crowden, Augusta's city Fleet manager.
The cars are being equipped with new lights, as well as a new Richmond County Sheriff's Office logo. But, the new cars will have an additional new logo. It will be a circular logo going on both front doors. It will say Richmond County Sheriff's Office on the top of the logo, and on the bottom…Sheriff Richard Roundtree.
“All we're doing is using the logo that we're using throughout our agency. We've changed our logo and my name appears on the logo, so I don't know see why that's even an issue,” says Sheriff Roundtree.
For decades, patrol cars have had Richmond County Sheriff's Offices door logos, and Augusta was added after consolidation. But, the logos haven't included the sheriff's name.
So, does the public buy into adding the logo to the cars and adding the name of the sheriff?
“It should be Augusta on the bottom of it, like it is on that one, not the Sheriff's name, because he represents the county, not the sheriff,” says Charles McLeod, of Augusta.
“I'm not really concerned about that, I just want to see them in the neighborhood,” said Andre Griffin, who said he doesn't mind what's written on the side of the patrol car door. “I don't care, as long as they're out there,” he said.
But, others have a different reaction…
“I mean, come on, what an ego trip. We need leadership, we need protection. We don't need that big an ego,” says Tom Turner.
“It should be still Richmond County or Augusta, not identifying the sheriff…whether it be Roundtree or the other sheriff,” said McLeod.
We asked Sheriff Roundtree whether he felt some might think this is about ego, or publicity, since he will be running for re-election with his name on the cars patrolling Richmond County neighborhoods. “I think only those who are small minded would think that way, George,” he said.
Putting the bells and whistles on the new patrol cars will still take several weeks, so the new cars and new logo with the Sheriff Roundtree on it will not be on the streets until late next month.