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January 2, 2002

Nashville - It could soon be out with the old and in with the new for patrol units at the Nashville Police Department.

"A sponsor will pay for the car and their logo will be displayed on the car," said Nashville Police Chief Jerry Lipsey. "Then, we'll only have to pay one dollar for the car."

With a population of less than 10,000 residents, its hard for a small town like Nashville to purchase as many police cars as they need.

"Right now we're running 10 cars 24 hours a day," said Lipsey. "That's a lot of wear and tear on a car."

But Chief Lipsey says the new patrol unit sponsorship program is a perfect solution to their problem. "This is going to save taxpayer's money, because you're looking at the city having to pay $24,000 for a unit, and with this we'll only have to pay one dollar."

Nashville police officer Marvin Barker is excited about the possibility of getting a new vehicle. "I think it's a great idea because it shows that businesses are supporting local law enforcement," said Barker.

Chief Lipsey says the small town of Nashville is an ideal candidate to receive the police car sponsorship, and the department should know whether or not they're approved by next month.

posted at 2:15 by ashley.harper@walb.com

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