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Beaumont Police Officers To Be Issued Individual AR-15 Rifles

The Beaumont City Council approved the purchases at their Tuesday night meeting.

The Beaumont City Council approved Tuesday the purchase of more than a dozen new assault weapons for use by the city's police department.

The Colt AR-15 weapons system purchase was approved in the amount of $14,754.76, before tax.  

The department will get 16 new rifles to add to the 39 it already has, allowing each individual sworn officer to be assigned one, according to a staff report by Chief Frank Coe.

"In discussion with other agencies, we have determined that assigning an AR-15 weapons system to each officer will provide improved proficiency in the officer's use of the rifle in that they will now be required to quilify with their assigned weapon as opposed to a pool-weapon," Coe said in his report.

Until now, officers have shared so-called "pool" weapons-- ones that are assigned to each vehicle. 

Coe said that a benefit of each officer having their own rifle is they'll now be able to personally "sight" each, "...improving the accuracy of the shooter at greater distances."

With the purchases, there will be an extra four rifles systems that can be used as back-up weapons as needed, Coe said.

Funds for the weapons will come from the police department's budget.

wiseguy840 February 17, 2013 at 05:25 AM
Also paid for that fancy police station too
Washy February 17, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Yea you have Morongo and Hemet has Soboba casinos supporting you guys.....too bad the casinos don't just pay taxes to the state instead of picking who they want to fund....
beaumontdave February 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM
To answer Libi below, the have been shootings in the pass in the last decade, none I know of involving body armor. Do you recommend they upgrade after such an incident? We could skip watering the Palm St, meridian for a month or so, that would cover the cost.
beaumontdave February 17, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Decades. It's a standard military round , so replacement parts and ammo are plentiful.
Carol Stull February 18, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Oh, I wish Morongo had paid for the cop shop. Banning city council got voters suckered into a $32M "water bond" and then spent $16M for chief Purvis new office complete with a gym. The other $16M was used to put in a new power station on the north end of Mountain Ave that's wasn't needed but took the developer off the hook for it when homes go in NE of Wilson & Highland Spgs. Banning - corruption capital of the IE and makes Beaumont look good even though lots of dubious stuff goes on there too. IMO.

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