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Halifax police get new patrol car

The Town of Halifax Police Department was among six law enforcement departments receiving new patrol cars Friday morning during a ceremony held at the State Capitol.

Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety, Marla Graff Decker, presented new patrol cars to five small town police departments and one sheriff’s office in the western and southern areas of the state Friday.         

The six were among 55 departments that submitted proposals in response to a solicitation issued in June by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. The solicitation invited departments with 10 or fewer full time officers, and with no funds budgeted for acquiring vehicles, to submit proposals explaining their needs.  

The proposals were reviewed by members of the Department of Criminal Justice Services staff, and the six recipients emerged as those with the greatest demonstrated need. 

In addition to Halifax, others receiving new patrol cars Friday included the Bland County Sheriff’s Office, and the police departments of the Towns of Cedar Bluff, Clinchco, Haysi and Stanley.  

Decker formally presented the vehicles to the sheriff and police chiefs at the Capital Friday morning.  

Also present were Garth Wheeler, director of the Department of Criminal Justice Services, and Col. Steve Flaherty, superintendant of the Virginia Department of State Police. 

The money to purchase the vehicles came from federal funds available to Virginia through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program.  The Haley Automotive Group also provided significant assistance so that the six vehicles could be fully equipped for law enforcement use.