The city of Beloit police department has recently gained access to military vehicles including a tank, bearcat (PAC) and a robot, and now they’re asking locals to allow them to search their homes for guns. The initiative is being launched in an effort to stop gun violence. The Beloit police will be asking householders to volunteer to have police search their homes for guns.
The city of Beloit has roughly 38,000 people living within its boundaries and had only 1 murder in each 2011 and 2012. The local Sheriff believes there is more he can do.
“Gun violence is as serious as the Ebola virus is being represented in the media, and we should fight it using the tools that we’ve learned from our health providers,” said Police chief Norm Jacobs.
Jacobs believes searches will result in the discovery of guns they didn’t know were in their own homes. He said that there’s also a chance they’ll find guns linked to crimes, according to Wisconsin Public Radio.
“That’s really what we’re looking for,” he said. “Maybe we’ll find a toy gun that’s been altered by a youngster in the house — and we know the tragedies that can occur there on occasion.”
The city of Beloit has also acquired Shot spotter – a gun shot location device – to help with their growing gun violence in the city of Beloit.
You can visit the Beloit Police Department Facebook here and voice any concerns.