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The NRA Foundation has awarded the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and the Jones County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team a grant totaling $3,400 to fund the purchase of 2 fully suppressed AR-15 rifles.  “We are pleased that the NRA is making an investment in Jones County, in our safety and protection of citizens,” said Sheriff Alex Hodge.


SWAT Commander and Narcotics Supervisor, Lt. Robert Little said, ”The two suppressed Colt AR-15 rifles will be assigned to the members of the SWAT Team and Narcotics Division.  The rifles provided by this NRA grant will also allow two rifles designated for SWAT to be passed down to patrol units.  With the ongoing threat of active shooter incidents, it is imperative that our officers have equipment equal to, or better than, a potential active shooter.  In the past, patrol officers would typically purchase their own rifle if they wanted to carry one while on duty.  We are currently able to issue a basic AR-15 type rifle to each and every deputy.  With our limited budget, we constantly look for grants to help us purchase this equipment so that budgeted funds may be used elsewhere.  As additional funding resources become available we will continue to transition our patrol rifles to suppressed models to deter hearing loss/damage among shooters.  Also, the distinct suppressed rifle sound assists in identifying “friendly fire” vs “threats” in the unfortunate event of a gunfight.  We will continue to use all available resources to provide law enforcement services and safeguard the community.


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