Grant pays for new police vehicles

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By Staff Reports

INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for police vehicles.
The $25,000 grant required a local match of $8,400, for a total of $33,400, according to Sheriff Richard Vaughan.

The grant funds were used to purchase two 2014 Ford Explorers from state contract at a price of $24,362 each.
“Utilizing a grant funding plan for the purchase of police vehicles is the most cost effective approach for fleet replacement and is a win-win for the county and sheriff’s department,” said County Administrator Jonathan Sweet. “These new vehicles will help the sheriff’s department more efficiently maintain the level of service and security that they deliver to our citizens on a daily basis.”
Vaughan said his office is proud to receive money from the USDA Rural Development Grants program. “The grant provided much needed funds.”
The said the sheriff’s office appreciates the cooperation from Kathy Alley and the management and office staff of the USDA Rural Development office.
“The grant funds will allow us to improve our fleet, and save our citizens tax dollars as well,” Vaughan said.
The sheriff’s office serves nearly 16,000 citizens over 450-square miles.
“Having dependable vehicles is essential for performing their duties in protecting the safety of the residents,” Alley said.