The Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department will soon be sporting five new 2018 Chevy Tahoes and a transport van to help keep the county safe.

The vehicles were purchased through the drug forfeiture fund for a total of $230,000. The first payment on the lease of the six vehicles will be in 2019 when the new budget cycle begins, according to Chief Deputy Louie Valadez.

Each vehicle is fully equipped, but are still not ready to hit the streets. The vehicles need radios, cameras and graphics before they are given to patrol officers. The transport van will be fitted to keep prisoners safe before it is used.

Some of these vehicles have more than 130,000 miles on them, according to Valadez.

New vehicles are needed to ensure the safety of officers and other motorists on the road. The older vehicles will be commissioned to other departments or sold at auction.