Members of the Ravenswood Church of Christ with Jeff Atkinson and Bobby Knox, Sr. chairing a committee along with Al and Sharon Toothman who initiated the fund drive recently donated money to the Ravenswood Police Department through an “Adopt-A-Cop” initiative which enabled the department to purchase new gear for all of its officers.
Members of the Ravenswood Church of Christ with Jeff Atkinson and Bobby Knox, Sr. chairing a committee along with Al and Sharon Toothman who initiated the fund drive recently donated money to the Ravenswood Police Department through an "Adopt-A-Cop" initiative which enabled the department to purchase new gear for all of its officers.
According to Chief Lance Morrison, tactical vests and patrol bags are some of the most useful and versatile tools in a lawman's arsenal.
Said Morrison, "With the increasing availability of new equipment and the need to carry that equipment, the tactical vest provides the officer with a more efficient way to respond in an emergency situation. If an officer responds to an emergency, such as a shooting, these tactical vests will provide each officer the ability to quickly transition from a handgun to a rifle. It can carry multiple rounds of ammunition for each weapon."
The chief added that the officers will be able to carry multiple sets of handcuffs, a radio, a taser and anything the officer feels is essential in an emergency situation. The combined use of a bullet-proof and tactical vests gives the officers an advantage when responding to an emergency or life-threatening situation.
The patrol duffle bags will keep officers organized and carry additional on-the-job items.
"These bags will allow our officers to carry ammunition, medical equipment and respirators, as well as tools used in investigations. It will allow our officers to pack items that are routinely used on a day-to-day basis such as ticket books and clipboards and make them more mobile at the same time," said Morrison.
The chief reported that he was thankful for the donations that allowed for the purchase of the new equipment.
Finished Morrison, "The members of our police department would like to express our extreme gratitude and appreciation to the citizens who donated money for the care and protection of our Ravenswood officers."
Al Toothman said he plans to keep the program account open and have future fund drives for more needed equipment for the Ravenswood Police Department officers.