A friend just sent me a copy of the latest Detroit Police Department’s firearms and ammunition policy statement. Regarding ammunition, see the following:
[i]304.1- 4.7 Ammunition
- Ammunition approved for use while on or off-duty in department issued or
approved weapons are limited to the ammunition approved by Firearms Training
and the Chief of Police. Approved ammunition shall be listed in an annual Special
Order announcing the firearms qualification schedule for the upcoming year. The
Winchester Bonded Encapsulated, .40 caliber S&W, 180 grain, JHP is the
department’s new replacement ammunition. The Federal, Expanding Full Metal
Jacket, 165 grain, .40 caliber S&W ammunition continues to be distributed by the
department until inventory is depleted. Furthermore, the department recognizes
CCI-Speer Gold Dot, 180 grain as a suitable option round to be purchased at the
member’s own expense. Members are prohibited from using reloaded or remanufactured
ammunition in S&W pistols. No other ammunition is authorized
unless the Chief of Police, or his or her designee, exempts the specific member or
I had understood that for largely political correctness reasons, the Detroit PD had adopted the .40 S&W Federal EFMJ bullet, but now it seems as though it has been dropped. I wonder why? Poor performance? Also, what is the Winchester “Bonded Encapsulated” bullet, and what is so good about it that it has replaced the Federal EFMJ load? Isn’t there still an abundance of political correctness in Detroit?
Smith & Wesson must have some powerful friends in the Detroit PD to force out Glock - both S&W rifles and handguns are all that are authorized, except older weapons for off-duty use are grandfathered.