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CSPD buying more assault rifles and higher level body armor

POSTED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 3:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 10:21pm

August 13th is a day no one will ever forget.

Civilian Chris Northcliffe and Constable Brian Bachmann were shot and killed on that August day while another bystander and three other police officers were injured.

"We've spent the last couple of months kind of looking at that and we always feel like as an agency we need to take a critical look at that incident."

Following the tragedy, College Station Police Chief Jeff Capps says he and his administration have been evaluating the needs of the department to make sure they have the best equipment and gear to keep their men and women better protected on the streets.

"I think we live in a day and time where situations can happen and we see that," Capps said. "We know we live in a very safe community but we also know that we are not immune to bad things happening."

That's why Chief Capps says the department plans to buy 67 Smith and Wesson M&P15 semi-automatic rifles as well as equip each officer with a level three bullet proof vest, which can protect against rifle rounds like those used on officers during the Fidelity Street shooting.

Only about half of his officers carry assault rifles now.

"It enhances our ability to be able to handle things at a greater distance to be able to ensure that are folks that are staffed are equipped with the best equipment that is available to handle any type of situation."

Equipment and gear that will allow officers to do their jobs more effectively while helping to ensure they'll get to go home to their families at the end of each day.

City council approved the additional $452,000 at the last council meeting.

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