Dunklin County, MO, Feb 08, 2011 -- On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri State Director of USDA Rural Development, presented a certificate of appreciation to Dunklin County for being a valuable partner to USDA Rural Development. The County was awarded a Community Facility Grant in the amount of $47,400 to purchase three vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department.
“I’m pleased to hear that with the help of competitive grant funds, the Dunklin County sheriff’s department will be able to purchase three new vehicles,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said. “It’s important the community maintain a modernized police presence, and this grant will help ensure that it does.”
“I am happy that Dunklin County will be getting three more vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department,” said Representative Kent Hampton. “A newer fleet of vehicles is important to maintaining the level of service that the Sheriff’s Department gives us on a daily basis.”
Bob Holder, Dunklin County Sheriff, stated, “The Dunklin County Sheriff’s Office is proud to be one of the many recipients of the USDA Rural Development Grants program. The grant provided much needed funds to assist in the purchase of three (3) new patrol vehicles. The vehicles are assigned to individual deputies and will be used throughout the County to respond to the everyday transportation needs of the Sheriff’s Office. The Dunklin County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the close cooperation that we receive from Tresia Webb and the entire management and office staff of the USDA Rural Development office.”
The Sheriff’s Department has nine fully trained officers to serve approximately 33,155 citizens over 546-square miles. There are several small communities who lack sufficient resources for law enforcement and they rely on the Sheriff’s Department for continuous law enforcement. The County Commission sought the assistance of USDA Rural Development to acquire three vehicles to add to the current fleet of Sheriff’s Department vehicles. Currently, there are nine vehicles available, but only five of those vehicles are reliable in an emergency situation.
“Rural Development is pleased to be able to help finance the patrol cars for Dunklin County,” said Dunning. “Having dependable vehicles is essential for performing their duties in protecting the safety of the residents.”
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure.
Anyone interested in obtaining information regarding assistance available through USDA Rural Development may visit the Missouri Rural Development home page at www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo. Information can also be obtained by contacting Tresia Webb, Area Specialist, at the USDA Rural Development Office at 704 North Bypass in Kennett, MO, or by telephone at (573) 888-2536, ext. 4.
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