Ca­toosa sher­iff to trade con­fis­cated weapons for tac­ti­cal equip­ment

The Catoosa County News - - RINGGOLD EVALUATING TRACTOR-TRAILER ISSUES NEAR CI - By Adam Cook

Ca­toosa County com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved an in­ter­est­ing deal re­cently that will al­low the Sher­iff’s Depart­ment the free­dom to trade con­fis­cated weapons for new tac­ti­cal equip­ment.

Dur­ing the March 20 Board of Com­mis­sioner’s meet­ing, Sher­iff Gary Sisk brought a hel­met and vest along with him as he showed off what he’d like his agency to pur­chase with the rev­enue from weapons it has seized over the years.

“What you have in front of you is a bal­lis­tics hel­met and bal­lis­tics vest with plates that will stop ri­fle rounds,” Sisk said. “What I’m here to ask for to­day is ap­proval of an in-kind trade.”

Sisk said his depart­ment has more than 100 guns that have been con­fis­cated over the years and that he re­cently had them ap­praised to try to learn how much value they had.

“We have 145 firearms in the ev­i­dence room that we’ve re­ceive court or­ders to dis­pose of in any way that we deem nec­es­sary,” Sisk ex­plained. “We’ve had GT Dis­trib­u­tors come and ac­tu­ally value the weapons, and they’re will­ing to give us $12,500 for the firearms, and in that, we’d like to trade that value to be able to pur­chase 14 sets of ri­fle bal­lis­tic plates and hel­mets.”

Es­sen­tially, the depart­ment can gar­ner new pro­tec­tive equip­ment it needs with­out hav­ing to give up any of its bud­get to ac­quire it.

The board unan­i­mously ap­proved the re­quest, and Sisk added that GT Dis­trib­u­tors will be able to deal with the weapons ap­pro­pri­ately mov­ing for­ward.

“They’re (GT Dis­trib­u­tors) a fed­eral firearms dealer, so they can legally go to them and then they can deal with them.”

Ca­toosa County Sher­iff Gary Sisk dis­cusses the swap­ping of guns for bal­lis­tic equip­ment dur­ing the March 20 com­mis­sion­ers’ meet­ing. (Ca­toosa News photo/ Adam Cook)

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