VTA coordinates Virginia state police donations

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In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Virginia Trucking Association is coordinating the delivery of various donations from state and local Virginia law enforcement organizations to their Mississippi counterparts.

Beginning this week, more than 20 police vehicles and hundreds of law enforcement equipment and clothing items are being transported from Virginia to the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pearl, Miss. From there, the items will be distributed to area law enforcement agencies.

Eight vehicles departed Virginia state police headquarters Sept. 24. The vehicles were transported free of charge by Jack Cooper Transport of Kansas City, Mo. Jack Cooper also will transport the remaining vehicles.

The Fairfax City, Leesburg, Prince George County and Williamsburg police departments, along with the Williamsburg-James city-county sheriff’s office and Virginia state police, together donated 22 vehicles.

The Augusta County, Caroline County, Westmoreland County and Virginia Beach sheriffs’ offices; the Fairfax City, James City-County and Leesburg police departments; and the Virginia state police donated surplus equipment, including bar lights, holsters, body armor and uniforms.

Cox Transportation of Ashland, Va., donated a tractor-trailer to deliver the equipment and clothing to Mississippi.