The Ford County Sheriff's Office was the recent recipient of a $10,000 grant from Victory Electric and CoBank.

The "Sharing Success" grant is to go towards security upgrades according to Victory Electric Cooperative, Assn., Inc.

The grants were $5,000 each from Victory Electric and CoBank and was announced on Sept. 5.

"Ford County’s Wild West law enforcement history of gunfights and lawmen is legendary, but in today’s 21st century, technology and security is key," said Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr in a press release. "The generous grant from Victory Electric and CoBank will help the Ford County Sheriff’s Office’s 80-plus full-time and part-time deputies, support and administrative staff continue to protect and serve the community."

According to the sheriff's office, deputies and staff cover more than 1,098-square miles and 1,540 miles of roadway and are responsible for providing law enforcement services to all 12 communities in Ford County, to include civil and criminal processes, assistance to municipal agencies, crime prevention programs, and security for the Ford County Courthouse and detention center.

"Victory Electric appreciates the hard work and dedication of the sheriff’s office personnel," said Shane Laws, Victory Electric CEO in a press release. "Their role in keeping our communities safe and secure is key to the health and vibrancy of both local citizens and the area, and I’m pleased, on behalf of Victory Electric, to award this grant to the Ford County Sheriff’s Office."

In partnership with CoBank – a cooperative bank that provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states, the annual "Sharing Success" grant opportunity, capped at $10,000, is made possible by Victory Electric’s governing board of trustees.

As a way to make a positive difference and fulfill its mission of service to rural America, CoBank believes strongly in the cooperative principle of "Concern for Community," and partners with its customers to support worthy causes.

"Thanks to our board of trustees and CoBank, the ‘Sharing Success’ Grant has enabled Victory Electric to give back to the communities we serve," Laws said.

This marks the seventh year that Victory Electric awarded the "Sharing Success" grant.

Previous recipients were Bucklin Library in 2012 to help with funding the construction of their new library building; the Mission of Mercy dental clinic in Dodge City in 2013; Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma in 2014 for the "Suits in Space" Smithsonian exhibit; Manna House in Dodge City in 2015 for repairs and improvements to their facilities; In 2016 the Depot Theater upgraded their theater sound system and in 2017, the Ford Country Historical Society received the grant to make repairs to preserve the history in the Home of Stone - Mueller Schmidt House.

Applicants for the grant must be federally recognized as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

For more information on the "Sharing Success" grant from Victory Electric and CoBank, or how to apply, visit the website victoryelectric.net.

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