A police chief in Lackawanna County calls it a sign of the times.
He wants his officers in Clarks Summit to be better armed with high-powered rifles.
The borough of Clarks Summit has just over five thousand residents, its police Chief Joseph Laguzzi said most days it’s quiet. The crime rate his very low. His officers carry handguns but rarely have to use them.
Even so, he’s looking to buy a few AR-15′s, known to cops as patrol rifles.
“Time is of the essence and to have the proper equipment and to be ready, getting the call and being the first on scene, which we are first responders we will be there first, it’s crucial,” Chief Laguzzi said.
According to Laguzzi, all of the police departments surrounding Clarks Summit have high-powered rifles. Maybe Clarks Summit didn’t need them in the past, but the chief says this quiet town has changed and they have to change with it.