GREEN RIVER — The Green River City Council voted 6-0 to approve a transfer of $21,428.61 from the Asset Seizure Fund to the General Fund for the purchase of new police equipment for the Green River Police Department’s SWAT Team.
The equipment includes ballistic vests, helmets plates, and communication headsets.
At the time of the request, there was a total of $38,789.16 in the Asset Seizure Fund. GRPD Chief Tom Jarvie said though it seems like they are spending the money in the Asset Seizure Fund rather quickly, the money was already replaced with another check to be added to the fund. Yesterday, the police department received a check for $23,800 from the Attorney General’s office in asset forfeitures, which are often from drug seizures.
In recent years, GRPD’s SWAT team has seen a decrease in personnel numbers due to retirement, manpower shortages, and lack of interest. The tactical entry team started 2020 with five team members, and now it is at nine.
With the increase in new hires, the SWAT team needs new equipment. The council approved the purchase of special response equipment, 6-0. Councilman Tom Murphy was absent from the meeting.