WILKINSON — In an act of good will, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department has donated a squad car to a neighboring law enforcement agency with little funding to purchase equipment.
A 2007 Ford Crown Victoria that had been used on occasion to transport inmates to and from the county jail has now found a new home at the Wilkinson Police Department.
With the exception of the police chief, which is a part-time position, the Wilkinson Police Department is comprised entirely of officers who volunteer their time patrolling the small town on the county’s northeast side. Not surprisingly, the department’s budget is minimal.
“They have one car, but if it’s down for any reason and they need another car for training … they don’t have a second car,” Sheriff Mike Shepherd said. “No backup vehicle whatsoever.”
The department currently has five officers, including the police chief.
An inter-local agreement between the Hancock County Commissioners and the Wilkinson Town Council has allowed the vehicle to be leased indefinitely to the police department for $1.
“It’s just nice to be able to help them out,” Shepherd said. “Most other departments can afford the cars and stuff.”
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