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Waynesboro Police Department to Upgrade Equipment with Grant Money

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After two years of rushing to crime scenes in an old Krispy Kreme donut truck, Waynesboro’s SWAT team is getting a new ride. Officers say the past two SWAT team trucks have been unreliable and get in the way of responding to crises quickly.

Wednesday they couldn't start the old truck because the battery had died. Officers say thanks to new funding, they'll purchase a new one and replace other outdated equipment.

At its meeting this week, Waynesboro City Council approved the Police Department to receive $225,000 in grant money. Along with a new truck, police will also use the funding to purchase new bulletproof vests and gas masks. The bulletproof vests are especially important, because they can lose effectiveness after several years.

"We need them to be able to get to these scenes as quickly as possible and something as frustrating and ridiculous as a dead battery to our SWAT vehicle would just slow them down,” said Sgt. Brian Edwards of the Waynesboro Police Department.

The new vehicle should arrive within three months. The negotiations unit will then get the old one.

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