UPDATE: Are our Cops Low on Ammo?September 6th, 2007 by josh farley
Law enforcement agencies around the country are finding themselves low on ammo, and at least one local department is finding itself scurrying for bullets.
“We’re in the crunch just like everybody else,” said Greg Rawlins, Bremerton Police lieutenant.
The Associated Press wrote a story dated August 25 chronicling the use of ammunition by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan — coupled with the rising price of metals that make the bullets — is making ammo more expensive and less easy to get.
Locally, Rawlins said they’re looking at an 8-10 month wait for .223 ammo, and a 4-6 month wait for hollow point ammo.
Rawlins says the department has enough to last through July 2008, but after that, it’s going to be tricky.
I am checking with other local departments to see if they’re finding similar problems.
UPDATE: According to Bainbridge Island Deputy Police Chief Mark Duncan, inventories for ammo on the island aren’t in a “crisis,” rather its simply harder to get these days.
“We have noticed the squeeze, but it has not affected our duty ammunition,” Duncan said, adding they have had to make adjustments to training.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Al Townsend, Port Orchard Chief of Police, echoed Duncan’s concerns in an e-mail to me:
Yes, we actually are having a hell of a time getting some. Our regular supplier quit selling ammo. We were able to order some from a company in the Mount Vernon area and they had handgun ammunition but no rifle ammunition. They are trying to get us some now. We are restricting some of our training and open practice shooting times until we know we have rec’d the new ammo.
And, I also heard from Dean Byrd, chief deputy at the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, who told me they too are having trouble.