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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development (USDA-RD) program has approved a $73,604 grant for the city of Mt. Vernon Police Department to purchase two new 2010 Ford Explorers and one new 2010 Ford Crown Victoria. The vehicles will be used to provide efficient and effective emergency and law enforcement services for the 2,596 citizens of Mt. Vernon and for the surrounding areas of Rockcastle County.

“Providing our police departments with equipment to adequately deal with any emergency situation is essential to protecting each and every Kentuckian,” said Rogers. “Reliable transportation for our police officers is critical to solving problems, getting through rough terrain, responding quickly to an accident, and allowing these first responders to focus on their jobs, not their cars. This USDA investment in Rockcastle County is a step in the right direction and I am continually impressed by the loyal friendships forged between the USDA and the rural communities in our region of Southern and Eastern Kentucky.”

The USDA-RD community facilities grant program assists small towns and rural areas of up to 20,000 in population in equipping, improving, and constructing community facilities for health care, public safety and other public services. Grants are awarded to municipalities, counties and non-profit corporations, and areas with low population and low income receive preference in the evaluation of grant applications.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit