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Gosnell police and fire departments in need of upgrade

Gosnell Police Department (Source: KAIT) Gosnell Police Department (Source: KAIT)
Gosnell Police Department (Source: KAIT) Gosnell Police Department (Source: KAIT)
Gosnell Police Department (Source: KAIT) Gosnell Police Department (Source: KAIT)
GOSNELL, AR (KAIT) -

The Gosnell Police and Fire Departments are relying on the community to receive updates within both departments.

The city council passed an ordinance Tuesday to hold a special election May 10 for Gosnell citizens to vote on a one percent sales tax increase.

That sales tax increase will strictly go to the police and fire departments.

According to Chief Darrell Watkins with the police department, officers do not have any retirement and they need funding.

One officer stated that he has been there for several years but if he were to leave, he would go with nothing.

Watkins says retirement pay isn't the only thing they need.

“It's not just for police officers' retirements,” Watkins said. "It's also for equipment for the fire department. Everyone knows if you put police or fire on it, it's more”

Watkins said they can manage what they have; but some of the equipment, like a fire truck, fire masks, and radio equipment need to be updated.

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