A Tempe, Arizona. police officer gives his AR-15 rifle, which is run on his motorcycle Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Tempe police department has eight motorcycle officers with AR-15 rifles and have stated that the arms provide additional security to ensure the officers are not outgunned by the suspects.
Some officers in the Tempe Police department are now able to drive around with AR-15-guns mounted behind them, local authorities said.
At least eight of the department’s engines now have a mount on the back where the officials can take the place of the rifle. Tempe Police Sgt. Ronald Elcock told KNXV that the department tested the mounts for a few months before deciding to implement them.
The reasoning, he said, is to equip the officers with something more powerful than a pistol, as motorcycle officers are usually the first to arrive at a crime scene.
A Tempe police officer with a AR-15 rifle mounted behind him.
“We don’t want in those situations where we will not be able to keep the public safe,” Elcock said, adding that there is a special “lock” to keep the guns locked on the engines. Fox 4 also reported that the gun barrels are pointed at the ground as they on the mountain.
Elcock, who said that the officials in Tempe that drive the regular patrol cars are equipped with rifles “for the year”, acknowledged that some people might be afraid to see it.”
“However, if we explain to them the reason why we have it, I think it brings them a little more at ease,” he said.
Elcock not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.