GRPD considering M4 semi-automatic rifles for every cruiser

Posted at 2:24 PM, Jun 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-09 19:16:55-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Police Department is considering placing a Colt M4 semi-automatic rifle in every patrol vehicle used by the force.

Currently the rifles are only issued to the department’s Special Response Team, or SRT, but under a new plan the department would add  the high-powered rifles to the traditional, rack-mounted shotguns carried in police cruisers for decades.

Police say the M4 rifles are far more accurate to use at a distance, and ever since Columbine in 1999, police view standard-issue patrol weapons as behind the curve.

The new guns would cost the city approximately $300,000, and a proposal has already been sent to the City Commission for consideration on June 16.