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Criminals to buy Edmond police new guns

by Diana Baldwin Modified: September 27, 2013 at 10:15 am •  Published: September 27, 2013

Edmond police will purchase new firearms for the entire force. Money and assets forfeited by criminals will pay for the new guns.

The officers will trade in their old guns, which will reduce the price from $67,900 to $27,900, Police Chief Bob Ricks told city councilors this week.

The department will buy a Glock Fourth Generation G21 weapon for all the officers and for the eight new recruits chosen to attend the Feb. 3 police academy. The police chief had not asked for money in the budget to hire new officers until four officers were deployed by the military, one went on permanent disability and three were injured.

“We will be consistent in regard to caliber, in regard to use of the firearm,” Ricks said. “If someone gets in trouble, they can use the other officer’s firearm.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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