Pickett Sheriff's Department receives free equipment
The Pickett County Sheriff's Department participates in a program which provides free equipment to law enforcement. The Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) is a federal program of the Defense Logistics Agency which recently provided Pickett County with 22 new Dell Laptops, Ford transport van, Dodge community service van and other various equipment. The LESO program transfers excess military property to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with special emphasis given to counter-drug, counter-terrorism and other law enforcement activities.
The sheriff's department has obtained equipment through the LESO since 2012. The property is acquired for free with the only cost being from traveling to a military base to pick up the items.
The Ford van will be used to transport inmates and according to Sheriff Dana Dowdy, will save the county approximately $10,000 per year by cutting down fuel costs, maintenance on patrol cars allowing several inmates to be transported at one time.