- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A holiday-season food drive by Kentucky State Police has brought in 232,011 pounds of food statewide.

State police Commissioner Rodney Brewer started the “Cram the Cruiser” program in 2010 to assist needy families. Since that time, he says the state’s lead police agency has contributed more than 500,000 pounds of food to shelters, food banks and churches across Kentucky.

Brewer said Thursday the campaign has developed into a friendly competition among KSP posts and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement regions to see which location can collect the most food.

Officials say the Harlan post is the reigning champion this year with 43,825 pounds of food collected.

Brewer says the food drive is a prime example of law enforcement working with communities to improve the state.

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