New Squad Cars For Grafton P.D.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX/AP)- The Grafton Police Department is among the two dozen local police agencies in Illinois sharing $460,000 in federal grant funding to buy new vehicles.

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority says Grafton will get a check for $14,241. The Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department has been selected for a grant of $18,854.

Executive Director Jack Cutrone says replacing aging vehicles saves money on maintenance and improves public safety.

The authority says the maximum grant was $20,000 and 75 percent of the funds were reserved for cities and counties with populations under 25,000.

More than 315 agencies across the state requested money from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. Applications were evaluated based on demonstrated financial and equipment need.

Each agency must provide a 25-percent cash match.

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