New Guns for the Cops

Although some officers resented the extra oversight and made the changes reluctantly, Cincinnati Police in recent years have been quick to publicize how various modifications to its use of force policies and other procedural items are helping make the department state-of-the-art.

The changes were part of a negotiated settlement to a class-action lawsuit that alleged racially biased policing, as well as a review from the U.S. Justice Department in the wake of the April 2001 riots.

Now the department is on the cutting edge of weaponry, too.

Cincinnati police earlier this month ordered 1,100 military-style pistols from Smith & Wesson. The new models, known as the M&P 9, are 9mm handguns that have a steel-reinforced plastic frame. The gun can carry 17 rounds in the magazine and have interchangeable hand grip pieces.

Cincinnati is the largest police department in the nation to order the new guns, and will gradually phase in the weapons with all 1,050-plus officers during the next few months. The M&P 9 typically sells for $500 each, gun dealers said, putting the value of Cincinnati’’s purchase at roughly $550,000.

— Kevin Osborne

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One Comment on “New Guns for the Cops”

  1. Michael Says:

    The article says that M&P 9s carry 17 rounds in the magazine, but it also says that they typically sell for $500, gun dealers said. But I thought that it was illegal for a private citizen to own a handgun that held more than 10 rounds per magazine. Is this true? What gives?

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