Orange County Deputies Seek Approval of $1.1 Million Undercover Vehicle Rental Deal

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Blending in 
Boss at the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) want to extend a 2010 undercover vehicle rental contract worth more than $1.1 million annually through February 2014 without additional competitive bidding.

County supervisors will consider the request at their Jan. 29 public hearing in Santa Ana and, given the lucrative size of the deal, there's no doubt the owners of Enterprise Rent-A-Car are hoping for approval.

When undercover deputies use vehicles like a Toyota Prius, Mazda CX-9, GMC Yukon, Ford Flex, Ford Expedition, Chevy Suburban or Infiniti G35, Enterprise gets $1,030 per month per vehicle.

The department must pay more than $952 per month to rent a Ford Mustang, Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, KIA Borrego, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota 4-Runner.

At $780 per month, the cheapest undercover rentals include Nissan Xterra, Toyota RAV4, KIA Sorento, Jeep Liberty, GMC Canyon, Ford Escape, Dodge Dakota, Chevy Colorado, Toyota Camry, Pontiac G6, Mitsubishi Galant, Hyundai Sonata, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger and Buick La Crosse.

The OCSD also demands a minimum of seven utility trucks, eight extended cab trucks and 10 minivans with six cylinders, low mileage, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, AM-FM radios and dark tinted windows.

Enterprise is required to have a minimum 10 makes and models (preferably with muted colors) available to be swapped each day.

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Infiniti G35: undercover work in style
Money for the undercover rentals comes from the regional narcotics suppression program, federal grants, contract city charges and narcotics asset forfeiture revenue.

Department officials say the deal allows undercover officers (or dignitary protection deputies) to quickly and frequently change vehicles to keep their identities masked from criminal suspects, and "is the most efficient and cost effective" use of taxpayer funds.

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Chrysler Suburban?

I always thought a suburban was made by Chevrolet...

18usc241 topcommenter

Wondering who approves the money for the hiring of hundreds of Hispanic gang member types and white crack attic types to terrorize a Hispanic man as he goes about his business in Orange County California.

Specifically for the Orange County Sheriffs department, wondering who approves the money to illegally monitor the conversations of the same Hispanic so that you know that he is on his way to the Immigration and Naturalization office for deadline sensitive matters regarding his wife's LEGAL immigration into this country and sick sheriffs deputies on him. Complete with orders to return home and weird unrelated and out-of-context questions about my job (you know the Colombian engineering police project job - wink wink). (Reference traffic stop - Antonio parkway / Tijeras Creek 1997).

Also, why did your deputy ask me the "weird" question on our way to my 2 day stay at THE FACILITY in 2010. Also, why did the other deputy inside THE FACILITY single me out for unprovoked harassment at the mess hall. Even my brand new 2 day long "friends" at THE FACILTY asked me why that deputy singled me out that way. All happening AFTER I started attending the Garden Grove city council meetings and smack in the middle of an important financial estate matter? 

My life is just an interesting string of coincidences!

paullucas714 topcommenter

geez for that kind of dough you could buy two of those vehicles.

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