The purchase of a new cargo van for the sheriff’s office was approved by the Washington County Commissioners during their meeting today (Tuesday).

Captain Jerry Green says the 2017 Chevrolet Cargo van is replacing a 23-year-old vehicle, which is no longer functional.

The van, which was approved along with a special insert, will be used to transport Washington County Jail prisoners.

The insert ensures both officer and passenger safety during transport. It also allows for both male and female prisoners to be transported together, while remaining separate from each other.

The lowest bid for the van came from a local company, La Roche Chevrolet. The van costs $26,923. The insert costs an additional $22,141.

In other business, the commissioners read a proclamation declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in Washington County.

“We don’t like to think that happens in our community, but we know it does” said Commissioner Fuchs.

The Sexual Assault Resource Center of the Brazos Valley will hold a number of awareness events throughout the month. For more information, visit

The commissioners also proclaimed April 2017 as Safe Digging Month in the county.

Representatives from Texas 811 urged professionals and homeowners alike to call 811 and follow safe digging practices that help to prevent injuries, property damage, and inconvenient power outages.

For more information on Texas 811, click here.

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