Augusta Commissioners give the OK for Sheriff Richard Roundtree to spend some gun money.
City leaders voted Tuesday to allow the Richmond County Sheriff's Office to use more than $300,000 from the sale of confiscated firearms to buy equipment.
The equipment will include bulletproof vests, rifles, TASER and, for the first time, GPS systems for all road patrol cars.
The Sheriff says GPS will allow the department to improve its dispatching of deputies to calls.
"We're looking at adding a 45 percent increase of officers on the street. It's valuable seconds if a dispatcher can look at a screen and find out the closer officer to the scene and immediately dispatch that call. That can be the difference between life and death for the person in distress," said Sheriff Roundtree, following the vote.
Sheriff Roundtree says the new equipment should be in the department's hands by March.
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