The MFA Oil Foundation presented Ray with a certificate stating appreciation for “The City of Center Police Department showing support for the citizens of the community “ as well as a check for the amount of the equipment and professional installation.

Chief David Ray of the Center Police Department applied for a grant from the MFA Oil Foundation in January of this year. In April he received word that the application had been accepted and granted in the amount of $1,600. The grant money will be used to purchase and install a prisoner safety system in the patrol truck, better known as a “cage” providing protection to officers from those being transported or detained in the rear seat of a patrol vehicle.

The MFA Oil Foundation presented Ray with a certificate  stating appreciation for “The City of Center Police Department showing support for the citizens of the community “ as well as a check for the amount of the equipment and professional installation.

“If it wasn’t for Wes Jameson suggesting that I apply for the grant back in January, I would have never even known it was an option,” Ray said.

Ray said that Jameson approached him in January asking to look at the new patrol truck, and that struck up a conversation leading to the suggestion, “That kind of community involvement is what I love to see. He just saw me in the truck and came over and started talking to me.”