The department says they're saving money by selling surplus weapons to buy new weapons. | News
Warner Robins Police Department says they're saving the city money. They plan on selling surplus weapons in order to buy new weapons.
Assistant Police Chief Wagner says WRPD will be selling about 100 40mm Smith and Wesson pistols, 45 mm gap pistols, and shotguns.
Wagner says the with that money, the department plans on purchasing about 60 9mm guns.
He says after selling and buying, the department will maintain a profit nearly fifteen hundred dollars. But the profit is not the only benefit. Wagner says buying more 9mm guns will help create uniformity throughout the department. He says there is also more ammunition available for 9mm.
The Police Department received a sixteen thousand dollar Bulletproof Vest Grant Award. That amount buys about forty vests according to Wagner.
The grant will go towards reimbursing the department for the vests it already purchased.
Mayor Randy Toms says it's important to equip law enforcement with the best materials.
"Being a police officer is certainly one of the most dangerous professions out there, and we want to give our police departments every advantage to be able to go home. And that's really what it's about to me, is that our public safety people, our fire and police, I want to make sure that everyone of them goes home safely." said Toms
The department does not have a date yet on when they will be surplusing and buying the new weapons.