Donation honoring Dr. Paul Krop jumpstarts KPD body camera program

KILMARNOCK—An anonymous donor has honored a local vintner and enabled the start of additional resources for the Kilmarnock Police Department (KPD) with a $10,000 donation.

In late December, an investment advisor contacted Chief Cliff Dawson about the possibility of a donation to the Kilmarnock Police Department from one of their clients. The client wanted to honor the late Dr. Paul Krop, owner of Good Luck Cellars, and to provide support to the local police department.

Dr. Krop, along with his wife, Katie, was the founder of Good Luck Cellars on Goodluck Road near Kilmarnock. The Krops were from Virginia Beach where Dr. Krop practiced orthopedic medicine for many years. Upon retirement, the Krops relocated to Kilmarnock to pursue their passion for wines and winemaking. Opening in 2011 with nearly 25 acres under vine and 12 varieties, the vineyard and winery is on approximately 100 acres.

KPD recently identified body cameras as an equipment priority and applied for a grant through the Department of Criminal Justice to get this started. But grant funds alone would not enable the project to be completed. This donation will enable the project to begin until those grant funds become available.

“We are grateful for this citizen’s generous contribution to our department and are honored for our cameras to be part of Dr. Krop’s legacy,” said Chief Dawson.

The body camera program will cost roughy $63,000 over five years. KPD also recently received word its application for a Byrne Justice Assistance Grant. Those funds will be applied to another KPD project, freeing up approximately $11,000 towards the body camera program.

Anyone who would want to make a similar contribution in honor of a family member or friend, may contact town manager Susan Cockrell at 435-1552 option 1 or