The Orlando City Council has approved funding necessary for the acquisition of 800 new patrol rifles for uniformed officers as well as plainclothes detectives, according to ClickOrlando.com.

The upgraded weapons—including optics and lights—will cost an estimated $1.34 million, according to OPD spokesman Eduardo Bernal.

“We always look to better our capabilities and upgrade when appropriate,” Bernal said. “We strive to provide our residents and visitors with a safe environment, and one way we do that is by providing our officers with equipment that will help them succeed.”

The rifles are expected to be in service in February 2019.

 

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