KPD officers to get new service weapons

KPD officers to get new service weapons


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police officers could soon be trading in their current service weapons for an upgrade.

The police department wants to swap out the existing .40 Glock handguns for .45 Sig Sauer semi-automatic handguns.

According to the department, the new weapons will be stronger and more durable for officers.

It will also reportedly save taxpayer money as the guns only need to be replaced about every ten years, whereas the current service weapons must be replaced every four years.

The move is up for vote at Tuesday's Knoxville City Council meeting.

The measure would allow the department to trade in 225 existing Glock handguns to Dandridge firearms dealer Elmer Arms South, LLC along with 59 other weapons, in exchange for the Sig Sauer handguns.

The total trade in is expected to cost about $13,500, which will be taken from the department's drug fund.

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