Russell Springs utilizing grants to provide new police equipment

The City of Russell Springs approved two resolutions Thursday night that will provide new equipment for the city’s police department.

One grant through the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security will provide each of the officers a new bulletproof vest. Many of the vests utilized by the department are outdated, and the grant funds are expected to pay for the new vests in full.

The second was for a police vehicle. Mayor Eddie Thomas said the vehicle would normally cost more than $50,000 after it is outfitted for the job, but with grant funds through USDA, the city will be able to purchase the vehicle for around $11,000.

Both resolutions were unanimously approved by the city council.

“We’re really excited about these and this is one way we want to say a thank you to our police officers for what they do,” Thomas said. “We want to do all we can to make sure they stay safe while they’re working and give them the best equipment that we can.”

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