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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  • by Aw cmon Location: Thomasville on May 6, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    To TAX Payer what is the tax you are paying, and to whom does it go. The city does not levy property tax the PD is funded by Utilities transfers. Only the FD is tax funded at this time and great efforts are being made to eliminate that. Tired of hearing this incorrect statement.
  • by Gunny on May 3, 2011 at 05:57 AM
    Glocks are the best on the market, also very inexpensive when compared to H&K and Sig. I prefer mine in the .45acp flavor
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    any time you can get a new gun is a good think,just bc the old guns in good condition don't mean ware n tare w isnt there,they should use the old guns and sell to public to make money back or use them in academy training,or in concealed weopons classess..let me ask you something,would you have a brand new gun or a old refurbished gun and both guns are the same exact gun..your retarted if you dont pick the new gun
  • by former cop Location: Thomasville on May 3, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    Police duty guns are hardly "concealed". Generally when departments change guns, the officers can buy their old ones back, or the firearms mfg buys them back, refurbs them and sells them back to a dealer to resell to the public. TPD has been using .40 cal since 1999. They had SW 4506 in .45, then went to the 4006, then to the Glock 22 and now to the gen 4 Glock 22. I believe they were able to retain n the same holsters during this changeover, another cost savings vs changing to a different gun.
  • by jku Location: NY,,PD on May 3, 2011 at 03:46 AM
    pure b/s ,,,,sounds like someone is blowing up someone ...you know what
  • by ofc12 Location: bainbridge on May 2, 2011 at 08:35 PM
    When they are protecting your a** from being killed with them, you will not be complaining! Having a better weapon does not make you trigger happy, it better protects you and the public.
  • by Gun Owner Location: Thomasville on May 2, 2011 at 07:53 PM
    First of all, a Glock is not a "gadget". It is a firearm (Semi Automatic Pistol). Second. The Gen 4 gun is very close to the Gen 3 guns, with spring mods and Grip changes. And for those that do not have a clue, just because the guns are not used to shoot anyone, they still get lots of wear and tear when used at the range by police officers training. The article stated it would not be cost efficient to refurbish the old ones, therefore they purchased new ones. (think Warranty!) I assume they are using 40 caliber Glocks now, even though the article did not state the caliber.
  • by Bob Location: Thomasville on May 2, 2011 at 07:26 PM
    I heard that the Officer get to buy the weapon back and what they are paying it only costing the dept about 50.00 per gun. That a small price to pay for something that could save there life or even yours.
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2011 at 07:12 PM
    maybe they'll remember what you are saying on here next time you need a policeman to help you out of a bind.
  • by tax payer Location: thomasville on May 2, 2011 at 05:05 PM
    what a waste. what was wrong with the old guns. now they will be trigger happy. someone will be shot in thomasville within a month. I BET THEY CARRIED THE OLD GUNS HOME TO KEEP AT TAX PAYERS EXP.
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