Updated: 10:25 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2011 | Posted: 5:19 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2011
OPD Recalls Hundreds Of Recently Issued Guns
OAKLAND, Calif. —
Oakland police officers handed back their recently issued Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistols to the Oakland Police Department Friday afternoon after reports that some of the firearms were defective.
Hundreds of the new guns were given to officers this week to replace older guns earlier this week. KTVU heard a police scanner report at around 2 p.m. of an officer complaining about a problem with his sidearm.
An hour later, the dispatcher issued a call for all officers to return to police headquarters and turn in the new guns.
Oakland Police Department Assistant Chief Howard Jordan said Friday that some of the guns were defective.
"During training and some parts of yesterday, we found that the guns were malfunctioning," Jordan said. “We made a decision to recall the new guns so they don’t malfunction while an officer is on duty.”
Police said the guns only malfunctioned during training and not in any emergency situations.
The OPD have been in need of new guns for some time. For now, while the recalled guns get repaired or replaced, officers will go back to using the old sidearms.
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