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Centre PD unveils Breast Cancer Awareness patrol vehicle

September 13, 2017--6:30 a.m.


It may very well be the best looking law enforcement vehicle on the road today – and that’s the idea.

Drawing attention is the goal of the Centre Police Department’s “Breast Cancer Awareness” Cruiser, which began as the brainchild of Police Chief Kirk Blankenship.

Chief Blankenship said this started out as a tribute to his mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer some three years ago and who by the way is thankfully doing well these days, and to his father who was taken from him by cancer when he was just seven years old. But he wants to point out that this is really for the community – it’s for everyone who has cancer and for anyone who has lost someone they love to cancer.

The police department recently recieved eight new patrol cars, and they had one of the old ones as a spare.

Chief Blankenship got the idea to use that spare vehicle to bring awareness to breast cancer, and with Centre's Fall Festival coming up, he took the idea to Mayor Tony Wilkie.

Once the mayor was on board Chief Blankenship approached TMC Graphics & Signs where he spoke with owner Teddy Crawford about the project and he immediately agreed to help out; the Chief and a friend worked together to actually put the stripes on the vehicle.

The car, which is a fully functioning police cruiser, will be used not only in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but year ‘round to raise awareness about all the forms of cancer and the on-going need for research in the development of improved treatment – and eventually, hopefully, a cure. 

For more information or to make arrangements to have that cruiser at an upcoming event simply contact the Centre Police Department at (256) 927-3661 or Centre City Hall at (256) 927-5152.