Cox Enterprises, the communications, media and automotive services company that owns the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper and many other businesses, has donated a new pickup truck to the Sandy Springs Police Department.

A Ford F-150 pickup truck similar to that offered by Cox Enterprises to the Sandy Springs Police Department, as shown on the Ford Motor Company’s website at

The 2017 Ford F-150 is intended for the department’s Citizens on Patrol volunteer squad. The truck is valued at $38,000, according to a staff memo.

The city would pick up the tab for a police radio, emergency lights and Citizens on Patrol vehicle decals, according to a city staff memo.

At an Aug. 1 City Council meeting, Police Chief Ken DeSimone said the donation came after a Cox executive went through the department’s Citizens Police Academy and wanted to help public safety.

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.