Donations from the community are helping out in a big way for the Newcomerstown Police Department.

Mike Hartline from Visions Unlimited in Newcomerstown and the Newcomerstown Rotary Club combined resources to have the windows tinted in the K-9 police cruiser which transports Elvis, the Newcomerstown Police K-9.

Three windows in the cruiser were tinted which helps keep the temperature of the vehicle down, especially in this summer's heat, Hartline said.

Another police cruiser -- the one that contains the new license plate reader -- had its roof, hood and top of the trunk repainted by J&J Auto Body in Newcomerstown. The paint, approximately $300 worth, was donated by Newcomerstown State Farm Agent Dan Lahmers.

"The cruiser goes all around and it should look better," Lahmers said, and that's why he donated the money towards the new coat of paint. "These guys spend a lot of time in these vehicles and they should look nice. It's representing our village."

Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland said he wants to thank the community for its donations to the department.

"We are in a (budget) crunch in the village," Chief Holland said, noting the community donations are helping out.

He said if it comes down to providing a service to the community and putting an officer on the road, or having a police cruiser painted, Chief Holland said it's an easy answer to provide a service to the community.

Over the past two years, more than $250,000 has been cut from the police department's budget which doesn't allow for things like re-painting vehicles, Chief Holland said.

There are three more police cruisers that need to be painted and Chief Holland said he would accept any donation from the community to go towards that effort.

He said he's thankful for community organizations and individuals that have helped out the department, and would welcome any additional donations.