If you see a pick up truck with blue flashing lights and the words "Sweetwater Police," it's not a hoax -- that is a police cruiser.
"People don't recognize us, this police car, until they pass by, or they're coming by me and I hit the lights. Then they know it's a police vehicle," Sweetwater Police sergeant John Brewster said, showing off his new company car of sorts, a 2013 Ford F-150.
The vehicle is decked out like a normal, more traditional police cruiser. The current model this department uses, Ford Crown Victorias, were discontinued in 2012. Police departments across the country are searching for alternative choices: including Dodge Charges and Chevrolet Impalas.
"The lights are LED, from the front, to the rear. Extra room for the prisoners we take to jail, we have our radio system that's in the car," Sgt. Brewster added.
With the obvious difference being the massive truck bed in the back, Chief Eddie Byrum said the cruiser is a good choice for the rural terrain of Sweetwater.
"(Police) Commissioner Bill Stockton and I wanted to come up with a vehicle that we thought would serve best for the best amount of money, of course," Chief Byrum added.
He said a surprising benefit with the F-150 on hand is it's saving money for the department, through gas use.
"Last week, this truck averaged about 18 miles per gallon, here in city, on patrol. And that's a huge plus for us because our Crown Vics on patrol average 13-15 (mph)," the chief added.
So far, there's just one truck in the fleet, but by next year, three more could be added. Chief Byrum said the average life of a patrol vehicle is about six years, so a decision on the kind of cruiser will need to be made soon.
"Because we have our ups and downs about everything. But I think this will be a good vehicle for us, in the future also," said Sgt. Brewster.