Last week the Douglas County Commission voted unanimously to accept $22,046 from the sheriff’s office asset forfeiture account to purchase 30 MP-15 rifles to add to the 35 it already owns.
According to sheriff’s department spokesman Lt. Glenn Daniel, the rifles will enhance the arsenal of similar weapons the department has in stock.
However, some of those are older models.
“The weapons that we are purchasing are .233-caliber semi-automatic rifles,” he said. “These weapons are more updated and can be easily repaired.”
In addition, Daniel said, since the new rifles are updated models, the sheriff’s department is able to add accessories to the weapon that could not be added to the older model weapons, such as a scope, tactical light and night scope.
According to Douglas County Commissioner Kelly Robinson, this action was needed to supplement the older weapons.
“From a public safety standpoint, it is vital Douglas County has available to our law enforcement personnel the best equipment available to do their job,” Robinson said. Daniel said the asset forfeiture account consists of seized drug funds.
“There is no cost to county taxpayers for these new 30 M&P-15 rifles,” Daniel said.
He said the benefit of these weapons is they will help the department maintain a response against heavily armed criminal elements.
“These weapons will be strategically placed with trained individuals so they will be able to respond to any situation with which this weapon can be utilized,” Daniel said.
Commissioners also approved a second amount from the sheriff’s office asset forfeiture account totaling $20,000 for the purchase of equipment to enhance the radio system.