Muskegon police to standardize service guns

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Public safety officers are getting new, standardized guns in a lakeside city in western Michigan.

The Muskegon City Commission approved a plan last month to spend nearly $50,000 of drug forfeiture money to purchase 90 new 9mm handguns and holsters. Muskegon police officers previously had to buy their own pistols when hired.

“I haven’t ever worked for a department that you had to buy your own guns,” said Jeffrey Lewis, director of public safety. “That presents its own inherent problems. We currently own all of our long guns, but by us now owning all of them, we know what certain type they’re using and what was issued to who and when.”

The new guns are gender neutral and efficient, according to Lewis.

Standardizing weapons will hold officers more accountable in case of an officer-involved shooting and help curtail investigative discrepancies, he said.

“If we do have an officer-involved shooting, the weapon and the barrel can be easily matched up,” Lewis said. “We’d only be looking for a 9mm weapon and ammo, which will all be standardized. We’d be able to start from that platform instead of different manufacturers and differences in guns.”

Officers should receive their new guns by spring qualification exams in May, he said. The transition won’t be immediate but will take place soon afterward.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

2 comments

  • J.B.

    “The new guns are gender neutral and efficient, according to Lewis.”
    yeah….that is what is important to consider…cant “offend: anyone with yer big phallic gun.
    9mm must be the gender neutral gun of the millenial generation…….small, under powered and non bathroom offensive.
    CHECK!

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.