Albuquerque, New Mexico cops have earned a reputation as overly aggressive. Changes are in order:
The Albuquerque Police Department will require officers to use only department-issued firearms, reversing a policy criticized by the Department of Justice that allowed officers to use personal weapons as long as they had been certified to use them.
Officers received a memo Thursday that stated the department is in the process of getting new handguns, including Smith & Wesson 9 mm and Glock 9 mm handguns. The memo said that officers will be required to carry those weapons while on duty.
The DOJ report, issued last month, said that part of APDâ€™s â€śaggressive cultureâ€ť was that officers were buying expensive, high-powered guns for use on duty and viewed them as â€śstatus symbols.â€ť
Well, it’s a start.
Not really related, but have you purchased a Sig Sauer .40 caliber pistol recently? From Fox40, CA:
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office pulled its deputies off the streets Thursday afternoon and asked other local law enforcement agencies to respond to calls of service after a number of newly purchased duty weapons failed gun range testing, officials said.
“We recently purchased over 300 Sig Sauer .40-caliber handguns, and during qualification on the range, a couple of them failed,” said Deputy Les Garcia, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. “Our range master contacted Sig, and Sig identified a part in this gun that will potentially cause them to malfunction.”
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