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.”