ORANGE GROVE - Thanks to a $57,900 grant from the Texas Attorney General, the Orange Grove Police Department added two 2019 Ford Explorers to their fleet.
The grant was approved in January and the department was notified via email.
"The grant could be used for any equipment the department needed. We desperately needed to replace (older) units," said OG Police Chief Roy Guerrero. "So the (Orange Grove City) Council and I agreed on the new units."
The Explorers replaced some old units that were constantly in need of repair and were using a "ridiculous" amount of fuel," Chief Guerrero stated.
The new police units will be equipped with lights and cages and be ready to hit the street in about two weeks. The City of Orange Grove will pay approximately $3,000 per unit for the extra equipment.
Guerrero believes the new units will build moral and be more visible then the units they previously had.
"This is the first time Orange Grove ever had brand new police cars in their fleet," Guerrero said.
Guerrero thanks Michelle Martinez for writing the grant and the city council for taking a chance on the grant.