HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii Police Department will start phasing out its older weapons as officers get ready to receive new 9 mm semi-automatic pistols.
West Hawaii Today reports that officials approved making the Glock pistols the new standard for the department Monday. Officers have been using a Smith & Wesson model that was last manufactured in 1999, making replacement parts increasingly difficult to find.
The decision comes after police Chief Harry Kubojiri stressed to the police commission last week that new handguns were desperately needed.
The department has added $30,000 to begin phasing in the new weapons, which cost about $400 each. Officials are looking to buy 100 of them.
The old Smith & Wessons will be turned in for a rebate, estimated to bring in about $90,000 for the department.