Georgiana gets two new cop cars

GEORGIANA, AL – The City of Georgiana is about to take ownership of two new, fully-equipped police cars through a $41,544 federal grant.

The money is coming from a Rural Development Grant through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The city will match 25 percent of the grant.

"This is great news for the city of Georgiana," said Congressman Bobby Bright (D). "Finding the funding for new police vehicles has been one of the top priorities for the city for quite some time. As a former mayor and strong supporter of our first responders, I know how important vehicles are to a city's police force.  With this funding, the Georgiana Police Department will be able to provide even better services to the city and keep residents safe.  I can think of no better method of rural development than ensuring small towns across the country, like Georgiana, meet their public safety needs. "

Congressman Bright voted for the Agriculture Appropriations bill in 2009, which provides funding for USDA programs and grants, including the one awarded to Georgiana.

"We are extremely grateful for this grant," Georgiana Police Chief James Blackmon said. "New police cars have been one of our biggest needs for quite some time, and the grant will help us better protect and serve our citizens.  I would also like to thank Congressman Bobby Bright for his continued support of law enforcement and rural development across Alabama."