Police department uses grant money to buy gas masks

Police department uses grant money to buy gas masks
Posted on 01/15/2013

Cottonwood Heights Police Chief Robby Russo recently attended training at the International Chiefs of Police convention, where a case study of the Aurora, CO theater shooting was presented. The suspect in that shooting had used a form of gas as a weapon against the theater patrons and responding officers.


Chief Russo decided to purchase masks for the entire department using Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) asset forfeiture funds. When money or property is seized by law enforcement and forfeited by the courts, the law enforcement agencies responsible for the seizure are then allowed to apply for grant money from that fund to purchase necessary equipment and training. Cottonwood Heights has been a regular contributor to that fund; therefore, we were able to apply for the grant.

Currently, the CHPD SWAT team is equipped with masks and trains with them on a regular basis. Now that the new masks have arrived, they will be fitted to every officer in the department. Training will help officers become familiar with the masks so they can perform their duties while wearing them. While we hope we are never called on to use this equipment, it will be a valuable asset for our officers if that time ever comes.