POLL: Woodstock Police Equipped with Assault Rifles

October 15, 2012

in News,Police Log,Woodstock

Do you think Woodstock Police Department should be equipped with assault rifles?

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By Michele Fields
Special To The Standard
Some Woodstock police officers are sporting more than just the new dark uniforms.
“I implemented the new assault weapon program,” Chief Robbie Blish told Trustees this week. “It is all voluntary if they want to carry it.”
Blish informed the Trustees that in a recent Upper Valley arrest of some people who had been in trouble in our area as well, an AK-47 was found among their belongings.
“I am not an alarmist, but I think we have to be ready,” he said in regards to the new program.
Officers who choose to carry assault weapons carry them in a locked case in the trunk of the car, according to Blish.
Officers have also recently completed a new fire arms training program.

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Eric Melby October 16, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Oh, and Chief Robbie, stop calling them “assault weapons”. They are rifles. Are your officers planning on assaulting an enemy base? Calling them assault weapons just feeds the irrational fear some people have of these types of weapons. Are your officers’ handguns called “assault pistols’?

Eric Melby October 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm

This is really a non-issue. The Woodstock Police are already armed with one type of weapon appropriate for close-range encounters. Having access to a rifle simply enables them to also respond to encounters at longer ranges, as well as giving them stopping power against opponents wearing body armor. As long as there is a sound policy and training program in place, I don’t see why equipping police with this important tool is at all controversial.

Briana DeGruttola October 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Arming Woodstock’s Police Department is not just a good idea, it is a proactive one. While we all hope and pray they NEVER have to use these weapons, it is paramount to safety not to be under-equipped in terms of fire-power, if a situation should occur where the bad-guy has a bigger weapon. These weapons will ultimately keep Woodstock Police safe.

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