Village of Lyons Utilizes Drug Forfeiture Funds to purchase new police vehicles
The Village of Lyons recently purchased two new patrol vehicles for the Lyons Police Department with funds obtained from drug forfeitures.
“Maintaining good solid fiscal management and maintaining good running vehicles for the police is a constant priority for local municipalities,” said Mayor Christopher Getty. “We were able to achieve both of these by utilizing the drug forfeiture funds.”
The purchased vehicles were two Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUV’s, a change from the traditional Crown Victorias often used by Lyons and surrounding communities.
Ford has discontinued the Crown Victoria and the Village is transitioning to Explorer SUV’s.
Mayor Getty said the Explorers will be critical when driving in poor weather conditions and the purchasing of these vehicles were at no cost to the taxpayers of Lyons.
By law, drug forfeiture funds can only be used towards equipment purchases for the police department. The added patrol vehicles were valid and beneficial expenditures.
Mayor Getty plans to purchase additional police vehicles in 2013 using these same funds.
Photo caption: Sergeant Matt Buckley, Mayor Christopher Getty, & Police Commissioner Dan Hilker