CCPD Transitions to New Smith & Wesson M&P .40 Handguns

The men and women of the Corpus Christi Police Department were issued some new fire power Tuesday as they transition from the Glock pistol to the Smith & Wesson M&P .40 caliber handgun.

Police said the new gun is more versatile, has a smaller grip and extensions to fit any hand size for both men and women.

"Compared to the Glock, which was one size and we could not move it up or down," CCPD Captain Billy Breedlove said. "You just had what came out of the box."

It's the first time in 10 years that CCPD officers have been issued new guns. The last two police academies started using the new M&P .40s.

"We purchased 500 total," Breedlove said. "Airport police, city marshals and fire marshals are also transitioning with us."

The guns were issued to patrol officers Tuesday, and all officers have to go through a four-hour training session with them.

"We're making sure every officer goes through drills before they return to duty," Breedlove said. "No one is leaving until they feel very confident that they can perform as good or better with this weapon."

Even though statistically, most officers will go their whole careers without ever having to fire their weapons at real people, they all have to be prepared.

"You have to have that skill at a very high level, but the likelihood we ever use that skill is very low frequency," Breedlove said. "But you have to train and train for those things."

As far as the cost, police say Smith & Wesson actually did an even trade for the old Glocks. CCPD only had to purchase new guns for the Police Academy.


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