Drug forfeiture funds pay for new police rifles

Photo by Sue Suchyta from video. Riverview Police Chief Clifford Rosebohm answered council questions about new rifles purchased using drug forfeiture money at the Oct. 17 study session.

Photo by Sue Suchyta from video. Riverview Police Chief Clifford Rosebohm answered council questions about new rifles purchased using drug forfeiture money at the Oct. 17 study session.

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW – The Police Department will receive seven new patrol rifles from Vance Outdoors of Columbus, Ohio, using Downriver Area Narcotic Organization drug forfeiture money and a trade-in allowance for current rifles.

The City Council approved the purchase at the Oct. 17 City Council meeting.

DRANO is a group of police officers who focus on drug crimes.

The new patrol rifles will be purchased for a bid price of $8,237.50, less a $3,000 current rifle trade-in value, for a net bid award of $5,237.50.

Rifle replacement was included in the city’s current fiscal year capital outlay plan.

Police Chief Clifford Rosebohm said seven new rifles were recommended by the department’s range master, who oversees the shooting range.

Rosebohm said the new rifles were essentially the same as the rifles the department currently has, just a different model, and personnel have a range qualification day at the end of the month to familiarize themselves with the new rifles.

The previous rifles were 10 years old, and Rosebohm said officers had encountered some problems with the gas tubes with misfires and misfeeds that can cause jams.

“It’s not a very tactical situation if you are encountering jams and feeds and things like that and failure to fire, failure to extract,” Rosebohm said.

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)

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