The biggest federal law enforcement agency inside the Division of Homeland Safety is going Glock, according to a lately released award.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday the $85 million award to present CBP law enforcement personnel with the agency’s “next generation typical duty handgun.”
Given that 2004, CBP has issued Heckler & Koch P-2000 pistols in .40 S&W. In not only a alter of manufacturer but a caliber alter as nicely, the new Glocks will be chambered in 9mm. Prior to fielding the HK, Customs issued the Beretta 96 in .40 S&W, which replaced legacy six-shot .357 revolvers in 1995.
“This contract offers CBP law enforcement personnel the most up-to-date in handgun technologies and represents our commitment to supplying the highest good quality use-of-force tools and gear to our law enforcement personnel who defend America’s frontline each day,” stated Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez in a statement.
The award, solicited final year, was issued following independent efficiency testing by the National Institute of Justice laboratories, along with “extensive field evaluations,” and direct input from CBP personnel. With far more than 45,000 sworn law enforcement agents and officers, CBP’s mission incorporates safety by way of the U.S. Border Patrol as nicely as customs and counter-smuggling operations at more than 330 ports of entry. It is anticipated that the transition to Glocks will be achieved by 2021.
Whilst this week’s press release does not detail which model Glocks are covered in the award, gun forums and sector press have speculated that CBP’s selection could be a mixture of legacy G26 and G19 styles, as nicely as a new Glock 47, with the latter of the two getting optics-prepared, a function specified in final year’s solicitation. Photos purporting to be from a CBP officer of the new G47 design and style surfaced early Tuesday.