SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A million-dollar grant for new training equipment came through for the Springfield Police Department years ago. Much of the equipment, however, has sat - unwrapped - ever since. Now the department hopes to start using it next year.
The equipment is in the basement of the police department’s south side station on West Battlefield Road.
"We've cordoned off a portion of this basement for training equipment and it's been down here - for a while,” said Cpl. Matt Brown, a spokesman for the department.
It’s been there a couple of years. It’s the bulk of the equipment from a $1.2 million grant. It’s still wrapped in original condition, untouched and unused.
"The things that were necessary that we had to have implemented because the time span was so long, we didn't want that equipment sitting around useless. The majority of this is office equipment that we just don't have the space for it,” said Brown.