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Greenville police to get new tasers, rifles

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Greenville police officers are about to get their hands on dozens of new tasers and more than 70 new rifles.

They’re weapons Police Chief Hassan Aden says will be vital in responding to events like the Walmart mass shooting. He says limited department equipment forced many officers to use their own, personal rifles during a shootout with the gunman that day.

Chief Aden says the new batch of tasers will be safer, and the rifles will create consistency among officers and improve accountability.

"With police equipment, things like tasers, things like radars, things like rifles and weapons and radios, we can create a better, safer environment for citizens and for officers by having the latest technology,” he says.

Chief Aden promises taxpayers will not foot the bill for the new equipment. Instead, the nearly $100,000 will come from money seized from drug dealers.

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