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Iowa City Police purchasing new riot gear

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Having the right gear for responding to an emergency is one of the top priorities for law enforcement agencies. Iowa City police want to purchase 62 sets of riot gear, to update what they currently have.

"The majority of the tools we have, we have for just in case, not because we know it's going to happen," said Sgt. Denise Brotherton.

She said Iowa City is a place where large crowds tend to gather for events, and they need to be ready if a peaceful gathering turns violent.

"You have political situations, you have large venues, you have all sorts of things that could happen. We just need to be prepared for it," Brotherton said.

Some people have accused police of wanting the new gear to deal with an increase in off-campus house parties, resulting from Iowa City's law that keeps anyone under 21 out of bars past 10 p.m., but Brotherton says that's not the case.

"We have not had the need to don riot gear to deal with the parties," Brotherton said.

The total cost of the gear is not yet known, but Brotherton says it will be covered by a grant the department received last year.

Online Reporter: Brady Smith

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