East Ridge got an assist from a Hamilton County Commissioner to help pay for new automatic weapons for the East Ridge Police Department’s SWAT team.
On Thursday evening, District 8 Commissioner Tim Boyd presented a check for $7,500 to Mayor Brian Williams to offset a portion of the $45,000 the city used recently to buy 15 automatic weapons.
Police Chief Stan Allen said the Daniel Defense MK 18 rifles are replacing worn out nearly decade old weapons SWAT was using previously. Each 5.56 caliber rifle is outfitted with a suppressor to dampen the noise the weapon makes when discharged. The weapon is lightweight (5.7 lbs) and has a 10-inch barrel.
The weapons were ordered back in 2018 when SWAT members brought to the attention of the City Council that it was sorely in need of new equipment. The council used $100,000 from its rainy day fund to purchase the weapons, ammunition, and outdated ballistic vests for SWAT.
Mayor Williams said Commissioner Boyd’s check will go into the city’s general fund as a reimbursement for the cost.