LEAGUE CITY — League City’s council approved the purchase of 125 Glock pistols with night sights to be issued to the city’s 111 police officers.
Until now, the city’s police officers have been required to provide their own weapons. But with the purchase approved Tuesday night, all officers will have the same pistol, which should cut down on ammunition expenses, said League City police Chief Michael Kramm.
The vote calls for buying Generation IV Glock 17 pistols in 9mm.
If the police department had switched to standardized Glock pistols five years ago, the city could have saved $18,000 in ammunition costs.
“In the future, we are looking at being able to save money by buying less expensive ammunition,” Kramm said.
The purchase will cost the city about $51,000, according to the city council agenda information. But the purchase will not be an extra burden on the city budget, as most of the funds will come from money put aside for software that has not been purchased yet, Kramm said.
The city council also approved an advance, nearly $65,000 to purchase ammunition Tuesday night, citing the increased demand on ammunition as the reason to make the purchase.