So, city taxpayers should feel good about the Beeville Police Department’s latest major purchase.
The BPD recently added eight M4 carbines to its arsenal at a cost of $820 a rifle.
“They didn’t cost taxpayers a penny,” said Police Chief Joe Treviño. “They were purchased using drug forfeiture money.”
In addition, the sales deal went to new gun retailer, Americana Arms, LLC.
That keeps the profits local, said Lt. Eddie Garcia, who arranged the purchase.
Garcia said the rifles will be kept in the BPD’s gun room and will be checked out at the beginning of each shift at the same time patrol officers check out their shotguns.
They are to be carried in the individual patrol cars, giving officers the option of using them in a situation where a rifle would be a better choice of weapons than a handgun or shotgun.
The purchase was the latest in an effort by Treviño to see that the police department supplies weapons for its officers.
Treviño recently used drug forfeiture funds to buy .40-caliber Glock Model 22 pistols for all the BPD’s officers.
The chief said that supplying all the firearms for the department’s officers makes it easier to keep the right caliber of ammunition in stock.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.