Minden Police Department (MPD) recently received a safety boost as was one of five organizations to receive a grant from Claiborne Electric Cooperative's Operation Round Up program.
MPD was granted $5,841 to purchase investigation and safety equipment, including two ballistics vests, a camera used in search operations, tactical apparel and other protective equipment for members of the department's Special Response Team.
"This grant means a lot," said Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper. "It will be a big help to the department."
Cropper said his "wish list" was long.
"We talked with Claiborne Electric and they told us to put it all on the application, so that's what we did," he said. "We were able to get a lot for SRT – a lot for our investigators."
Operation Round Up is a community service program that gives Claiborne Electric members the option to allow their bills to be rounded up to the next whole dollar. The difference in the actual bill and the rounded amount is deposited into the Operation Round Up Trust Fund. The funds accumulated are dispersed to charitable causes in the communities served by Claiborne Electric.
The program is governed by Claiborne Electric's Operation Round Up Trust Board, which consists of nine Claiborne Electric members from across the Co-op's service area. The board receives and reviews applications for the funds, makes decisions about allocation, and disperses the funds accordingly.
Operation Round Up has been used to donate more than $765,000 to non-profit organizations, individuals and families since the first grants were dispersed in Oct. 2007. For more information on Operation Round Up, or to obtain a grant application, contact Joey White or EmmaLee Tingle at 927-3504, or visit www.our.coop.