Chief Says Officers Will Be Better Prepared For Potential Incidents
With New Rifles, Pistols And Armor.
MONTEBELLO--Citing events like the 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery,
Montebello police officers convinced the City Council to arm them with
AR-15 rifles, a scaled-down version of the M16 rifle.
The council also approved funding at its Jan. 4 meeting to upgrade the
department's side arms and protective vests.
Following the lead of other law enforcement agencies such as the Orange
County Sheriff's Department, which recently purchased high-powered rifles
like the ones Montebello is soon to get, Montebello Police Chief Garry
Couso-Vasquez said the new weapons will put Montebello on the cutting edge
of law enforcement as well as increase officer safety. He said the rifles
should be in patrol cars by the end of February or at the beginning of March.
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