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Portland Police Discontinue Use of .45 Caliber Glock Handgun

March 12, 2004 00:00


Portland Police Chief Derrick Foxworth is ordering all officers to transition to the use of 9mm handguns after recent mechanical failures of the Glock .45 caliber handgun. During the week of March 1, 2004, two failures occurred during firearms training.

Staff from the Training Division and Central Precinct analyzed the circumstances surrounding the failures and concluded that the safest course of action was to transition to the exclusive use of the 9mm Glock handgun. The Police Bureau has not experienced the same type of failures with the 9mm model as it has with the Glock .45 caliber handgun. The Chief concurred with the recommendation.

The Portland Police Training Division, with the assistance of Glock Inc., will exchange all .45 caliber pistols with the 9mm models. The Police Bureau has authorized the use of the .45 caliber Glock Model 21 handgun since 1992 and approximately two hundred and fifty officers are currently carrying the Model 21 pistol.

The transition to the 9mm handguns will be handled in such a manner as to ensure that officers continue to provide the same level of service to the community.


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