HANCOCK, Maine — This month, Ellsworth officers trained with new handguns, fourth-generation Glock Model 22 .40-caliber pistols. The department recently replaced all the officers’ sidearms, some of which were 17 years old.
“These guns are out every day we work, in the weather, while we’re wrestling people to the ground,” Ellsworth Police Officer Kelvin Mote said in an interview Wednesday. “After a while, they need replacing.”
The new model Glocks have some advantages over the third generation, Mote said. They’ve got a rail under the barrel, to which a flashlight can be attached, freeing up an officer’s hand at night. They’ve also got molded, customizable grips, which can be adjusted to fit different hand sizes.
The new guns cost only $140 per unit, after the old firearms were traded in for credit, according to Police Lt. Harold Page. That’s $2,380 for all 17 guns purchased by the department.
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