EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon Police Department is getting brand new equipment that could help them become more prepared for future threats.
They said the upgrade will give them the same equipment that officers are typically trained with at the police academy.
"While we're playing a little catch up with the national standards as far as keeping ourselves and our community safe when we're thinking about tasers and rifles, we're excelling as best we can in the areas of community policing -- not just a buzz word -- but demonstrating the things that we're doing together with our student organizations," said Chief Matt Carmichael, UOPD.
He said new tasers will give them another option when helping people with mental health problems and in situations where those involved are not armed. They are also getting patrol rifles that can be more effective than handguns during an active shooter threat.
"Tasers and rifles don't define the University of Oregon Police Department. It's all the things that we do every day. It's the officers who go out and work with our student organizations," said Carmichael.
Carmichael said the department is also getting new patrol cars that are more eco-friendly and new uniforms to distinguish them from the Eugene Police Department.
UOPD also received a $49,000 grant to pay for new body cameras and are looking for a bomb-sniffing dog to join the department.
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