WASHINGTON, Ind. (WTHI)- Many who call Washington home feel comfortable with their safety in town but people like Natalie Smith want to make sure officers are prepared for anything.
“Well in this day in age they have to be vigilant. They have to be looking forward to what might come down the pipe because you never know and that makes me comforted knowing they are ready for that situation," said Smith.
That's why the police department invested in some new gear that could help save lives. Its all thanks to a grant applied for by the Daviess County Emergency Management Agency.
The department was able to get 21 new bulletproof vests for active shooter situations.They also got a new negotiation phone system. Officers like Barry Hudson hope this will pay off for the community.
“First and foremost you are talking about our safety, the public's safety and the opportunity to save lives. It’s used in unison to protect the citizens of Washington and further if need be," said Hudson.
On top of the body armor and the negotiation line, the department was also able to get a robot for high-risk situations.
"We’re going to use it for removing explosives. Delivering, retrieving things from hostage rescue situations such as the phone or if they want to send anything out to go up and get it again so you don't have that human contact," said Hudson.
It's equipment the department hopes they never have to use but they hope to have it will show the community that they are ready to respond to any situation.
"They do a service and I don't think the people realize what they absolutely do every day. You know they are out there protecting us and they deserve that respect," said Smith.
The department says they’re thankful for this new equipment. They plan to help other communities if they're in need of their services.
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