As the department’s armorer, it’s his job to recommend what kind of weapons officers in Groveland carry on the job. He said the department wasn’t looking to make a change, until he heard that good deals were being offered by gun manufacturers.
”The chief has always been a .45 fan and a fan of Glocks, so he said I could contact them,” Fournier said.
He said the Glock company immediately put him in touch with a distributor.
”We explained that our budget is tight, and that we had to stay within our budget,” Fournier said.
He said the distributor, AmChar of Rochester, N.Y. worked closely with Glock to provide Groveland’s Police Department with special pricing.
”They let us trade in our Glocks for new ones, and at no cost to the town whatsoever,” Fournier said.
He said some officers who collect guns kept their .40 caliber Glock pistols and paid a discounted price for a new .45 caliber Glock, while others traded in their pistols. Guns turned in by the public as well as guns that were used in criminal cases and which are not allowed to be returned to their owners were also traded in as part of the deal, resulting in no out-of-pocket expense to the town.
”The only authorized guns are now the .45s,” Fournier said.
To sweeten the deal, Fournier said the Glock company took all of the department’s .40 caliber ammunition it had in stock and swapped it for what he said was the slightly more expensive .45 caliber ammunition, and at no cost to the department.
”Most companies would take your old ammo and ask for the difference,” Fournier said. “They just said, ‘here you go’ for our duty and practice ammo.’”
Kirmelewicz said his department would not have received the deal that it did without Fournier’s diligence and patience in making it come to fruition.