Vincent receives grant for new police car

The town of Vincent has received a grant for $25,000 to purchase a new police car, said Mayor Ray McAllister.

The grant, from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, will likely cover the cost of a 2009 Dodge Charger.

“By the time we get through fully equipping (the car), it’ll cost in that neighborhood,” McAllister said. “It’s the cheapest thing out there right now. It’s just a better buy.”

The town needed a new police car because the two regularly-used cars are showing their age, with one approaching 200,000 miles and the other with 135,000 miles.

“They’re just old and worn out,” McAllister said.

Town officials applied for the grant in April 2009.

The car, which will be white with blue letters, has been ordered and should be patrolling the streets of Vincent in mid-to-late July.

McAllister said the new police car is important to ensure the safety of Vincent citizens.

“To patrol and to give our citizens good law enforcement, you’ve got to have decent equipment, and some of these old cars are just not dependable,” he said.