Thomasville Police 'Fire Up' New Gadgets

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

There's a new gadget in town.

"We are transitioning to the generation four glocks." says Thomasville Police Officer SGT. Henry C. Williams.

Officers are revving up their skills when it comes to carrying the new concealed weapon.

"Anytime we do that we familiarize the officers with the guns," says Williams.

Officers say they spent all day Monday (5/2) at the range, getting familiar with the new piece of machinery.

They say 60 new Glock fours were purchased costing more than 4-hundred dollars each.

"Each officer has to come and qualify and score a minimum score of 240 with a maximum of 300," says Thomasville Police Officer LT. Eric Hampton.

The Thomasville Police Department "fired" its old weapon of choice and replaced it with a newer model. Officers say not only was it cost effective, but the new pistol gives a smoother shot and is more comfortable to shoot.

"It was cheaper for us to get brand new guns than it was to refurbish the old ones," says Williams.

Officers are required by law to pass certification to carry a concealed weapon - a weapon some officers say they've never used.

"I started with the department back in 1987. I've seen a lot of things happen. Someday we might have to use them even though I've never used mine," says Thomasville Officer Roosevelt Davis.

Officers say in 2003 they transitioned to the generation three glock.
The department upgrades to new weapons every seven to eight years.

Sgt. Henry says this is the fourth weapon transition he's experienced during his 24 year tenure.


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