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City commission approves $490k equipment upgrade for Tallahassee Police Department

Posted at 3:30 PM, Nov 10, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — New guns and a new response vehicle are coming to the Tallahassee Police Department.

Commissioners approved plans on Tuesday to upgrade the department.

Officers will now trade in their old guns for more modern firearms.

Along with more guns and ammunition, there's also the Rook. It's a vehicle used for high-risk operations and response to natural disasters.

The Rook looks like a bobcat. It's bullet-proof and can go through many structures and obstacles.

It comes with a camera-equipped ram, grappling claw, lifting forks, shield platform, and trailer.

TPD would have to buy a tow truck equipped to handle the rook.

Chief Revell says this device is about more than just a way to tackle crime.

"This one certainly has a reasonable purpose for hurricanes and other types of things," said Revell. "It has a forklift on it where you can pick up a car in the road, stranded. You can move trees. There's unlimited potential for this vehicle, and it's not just tactical. Yes, there's a component, but please understand it has multiple uses and will be used throughout our region."

Chief Revell says the current department-issued guns are more than 10 years old and past designed lifetime for most of them.

They will also get department-issued back up guns. Those who have a second gun now are using their personal firearm.

Overall, the upgrades will cost about $490,000. That money comes from a State Law Enforcement Trust Fund and a Federal Law Enforcement Trust Fund.