Department upgrades sidearms with new safety tax

Chief Ross Thompson (Source: KAIT-TV)
Chief Ross Thompson (Source: KAIT-TV)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - One Region 8 community has made significant upgrades and progress because of a safety tax passed last year.

Now they're adding to that list with new sidearms for the police department.

Chief Ross Thompson said the Blytheville Police Department hasn't upgraded sidearms in about 12 years.

They have people on staff to service their sidearms and they've had to do so more often recently because the last thing they want is an issue during a crisis.

"Obviously there is a safety concern with the sidearms that we've got, but that's the one thing you don't want, you don't want them malfunctioning," Thompson said. "So we have a good trade in value still left in these and it's a good time to go ahead and to upgrade the equipment."

The city council met to waive bids in the purchase of the new sidearms Tuesday.

The money for these upgrades will come straight from the Fire and Safety Tax passed by citizens last year.

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