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Published July 23, 2013, 06:01 PM

Grand Forks Police may receive upgrades to bomb disposal robots

The Grand Forks Police Department is asking the city council for 81,000 dollars to upgrade some of its SWAT team equipment. The new gear would improve the bomb disposal robots.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

The Grand Forks Police Department is asking the city council for 81,000 dollars to upgrade some of its SWAT team equipment. The new gear would improve the bomb disposal robots.

The robots are used by the regional bomb squad and SWAT team and upgrades will consist of new software and electrical work. 100 percent of the upgrade costs will be covered by the Department of Homeland Security, but the city has to clear it first. Officials say that even though the robots are not often in the public eye, they are a valuable resource.

Lt. Dwight Love, Grand Forks Police: "They're used a lot more than people realize. It's one of those things that if you don't have it and you need it, then you're in a bad situation. Even if they're used twelve times a year. that's twelve times a year that we can do something safely."

If the City Council approves the police department's request, the robots will be shipped out of state to get the upgrades.

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