Victoria County purchases Tasers with state grant
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Victoria City and County law enforcement officials hope partnering up on a grant to purchase 34 Tasers will make officers safer.
Victoria County Commissioners approved the $30,516 grant award Monday from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program to purchase the new equipment and Taser cartridges for courtroom deputies and city patrol officers.
County Judge Don Pozzi said the grant was a request from law enforcement.
"They requested it, and we looked into it," he said. "Some people think we need them (Tasers), and some don't."
One of the sheriff's office responsibilities is providing safety and security of the public and inmates at the Victoria County Courthouse, the courtrooms for district and county court at law.
County Administrative Services Director Joyce Dean said the grant is an annual allocation the county has received since 2010.
Last year, the sheriff's office used the grant to purchase tactical helmets at a cost of $15,810, and the city purchased Tasers for $16,124.
Dean said the goal is to "enhance officer safety by using nonlethal weapons."
The first year the county received the grant, the funds went for training. In 2011, the city spent $18,000 on new software licenses, and the county spent $18,952 on night vision equipment.