Local law enforcement agencies still facing ammunition shortage

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 12:56pm

Waco police are in the process of doing their 2013 qualifications training, and they're worried they may run out of ammunition soon.

Since early this year, the department, as well as many others in the area have been on an extensive waiting list for more ammunition. For now, the department says they are doing well on "duty" ammo, which is used for their rifles, pistols, and shotguns everyday. However, they are lacking the cheaper bullets used for training, which may cause them to eventually modify the types of training they conduct.

"We're going to run out of our practice ammunition very quickly here, unless we get that supply in. And, we certainly want our officers to be well-versed and well-qualified and have that practice ammunition. We're just hoping that it gets here pretty quick," said Sergeant W. Patrick Swanton of the Waco Police Department. 

Waco police have several more rounds of training that will take place this year regardless of the ammo shortage. Swanton says the department could consider using the more expensive rounds for training or use simunition, which is a modified paintball-type round. The McLennan County Sheriff's Department say they are still looking for ammunition shipments as well.


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