On Friday, Law enforcement at the Escambia County Sheriff's Office unveiled to the public a brand new cop car that they recently converted from a Chevrolet Corvette. What was once acquired in a forfeiture seizure from a suspect who was facing felony drug charges, is now an impressive-looking vehicle that has rendered many residents in the area awe-struck. But once photos of the cop car surfaced online, it also sparked debates about police reform, while calling into question the way in which various cities allocate funds to their respective law enforcement agencies. Nevertheless, the Escambia County Sherriff's Office has assured the public that their newly constructed "cop corvette" was privately funded by the Escambia Sherrif's Office Foundation, while also stating that it was intended to bring people together within their community and it will not be used to apprehend suspects.
"What you're looking at is the newest addition to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office fleet," authorities said in the video. "It is a 2017 Corvette Z06...it cost zero taxpayer dollars...We wrapped it as a cruiser car...There are police cars that we have that are designed to put bad guys in. This police car was designed to put the good guys in. We're going to use it for public engagement."