The Whitesburg Police Department recently purchased four new police cruisers without using taxpayers’ money, according to Whitesburg Mayor James W. Craft.
“All of them will be purchased with absolutely no cost to taxpayers,” said Craft.
Whitesburg Police Chief Scott Adams said money used to purchase the Ford Crown Victoria police interceptors is drug forfeiture money obtained from drug busts. Adams said about $20,000 was funded through Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigation, Treatment and Education) drug busts.
“We actually took money that was once deemed bad and turned it into something good for this county,” said Adams.
Craft said the new cruisers come at a time when they are needed.
“The need was great,” said Craft. “The cruisers that were there were several years old.”
Craft said the old cruisers each had 150,000 miles or more on them and were beginning to be a real maintenance problem.
Craft said two more cruisers will be purchased in the early part of next year.