As part of a new police program to help fight violent crime, 21-new patrol rifles are hitting the streets of Greenville.
The rifle is called an A-R 15. Officials say it is more accurate and can be fired from a greater distance, which gives officers leeway in a critical situation.
In 2009 Greenville Police say they recovered 180 weapons from encounters like traffic stops and search warrants. In some cases those weapons were as powerful as the ones the officers had---officials say this new rifle is a big step forward for the department.
Drug and property seizure money paid for the new rifles.