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Akron City Council has approved the funds to purchase the RoboteX Avatar, an easy to use tactical robot. The newest addition to the Akron Police Department weighs 23 pounds, is just over 2 feet long and can be thrown through windows. Akron is buying a new tactical robot that will be used by law enforcement agencies in Summit County, though it will be maintained by the Akron Police Departments SWAT Team. Image: RoboteX/Ohio.com

Akron is buying a tactical robot that will be used by law-enforcement agencies in Summit County, though it will be maintained by the Akron Police Department’s SWAT team.

Akron City Council on Monday approved the $11,445 purchase, which will be made with funds from a Summit County Emergency Management Agency grant. The city is buying the robot from RoboteX, a Palo Alto, Calif., company.

“This allows us to keep first responders out of harm’s way,” Malinda Sampsell, grant writer for the Akron Police Department, told council members Monday.

Source: Stephanie Warsmith for Beacon Journal.

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