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Press Advisory Tulare County Patrol Car Donation

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									July 25, 2008

TULARE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DONATES FIVE PATROL CARS TO
COLLEGE OF THE SEQUOIAS FOR USE BY TULARE-KINGS POLICE ACADEMY

WHAT: The Board of Supervisors will donate five surplus Ford Crown Victoria patrol
cars next Tuesday, July 29 to the College of the Sequoias for use by students enrolled
in the Tulare – Kings Police Academy.

“Whenever we can, we want to support local law enforcement,” said Board Chairman
Connie Conway. “We have the cars and they need the equipment.”

College of the Sequoias President Bill Scroggins said the Police Academy can make
good use of the donated vehicles.

“This is a great sign of the strong partnership between our two organizations,” President
Scroggins said. “Community colleges train over 80% of the law enforcement officers in
California. We could not be effective in this work without the support of our local
agencies. It is with the utmost appreciation that COS accepts these vehicles, and we
will put them to good use in training the next generation of officers to keep our state
safe and secure.”

Lt. Richard Miller, Interim Director of the Tulare-Kings Police Academy, said The
donated ex-County patrol cars will replace aging vehicles that date back to the mid-80s
that are long past their prime.

“The police cadets will use these cars to learn proper operation and training procedures,
and modern equipment is essential to these tasks,” said Lt. Miller, expressing his thanks
to the Board and the Tulare County Sheriffs Department for the surplus vehicles. “These
will be a central part of our training program.”

WHEN/WHERE: 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29 at the Board of Supervisors chambers,
located at 2800 W. Burrel Ave. in Visalia.

WHO: Board members will present the keys to the patrol cars to Lt. Richard Miller, the
interim director of the Tulare-Kings Police Academy.

WHY: The Tulare-Kings Police Academy is a very important training and recruiting
resource to virtually all local law enforcement agencies in Tulare County, including the
Tulare County Sheriff’s Department and the incorporated cities of Dinuba, Exeter,
Farmersville, Lindsay, Tulare, Porterville, Visalia and Woodlake.

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