Standardized weapons now in the hands of Tipton County deputies

TIPTON COUNTY, TN (WMC-TV) - Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley is very excited to finally have a standard when it comes to keeping the citizens of Tipton County safe.

The same kind of gun is now in the hands of every deputy on the Tipton County Sheriff's Department.

"The county commission had the foresight to provide us firearms for all our deputies so we can standardize and have uniformity," Chumley said Monday.

Now that his deputies have the same kind of weapon," Chumley said, training will be a lot easier.

"The officers can take the weapon, and you can teach one officer the same thing you can teach ten officers," he said.

"All of our training can concentrate on operator use than just learning how to operate 18 different guns," training instructor Bob Beanblossom added.

Glocks are just one of three county issued weapons deputies in Tipton County.  Before the standardized guns, training was difficult because each officer had a different weapon.

"We had different calibers of ammo to keep up with, the magazines were not inter-changeable, the ammo wasn't inter-changeable, the operating systems weren't the same," Beanblossom continues.

And because deputies don't have to buy their own weapons, they're not out as much money when they join the force.  Thanks to some new money from county officials, the Sheriff and his department are saving money while protecting themselves and the citizens of Tipton County.

"It makes me feel a lot safer and it makes the deputies feel safer that we now have a weapon that's reliable," Beanblossom said. 
On top of saving deputies' money, the standardized weapons are also saving money for the sheriff's department.  They will save approximately $5,000 to $7,000 per year because now they can buy ammunition in bulk.

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