Ga. force gets new .45-caliber

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Sandy Springs police officers have become poster material for international firearms manufacturer Glock Inc.

A dozen stern-faced Sandy Springs officers, along with police Chief Gene Wilson, posed for a color promotional poster emblazoned with the words, "America's Newest Police Force With America's Newest GLOCK."

The angle: The Sandy Springs department, which is only 14 months old, is the first in the country to use Glock's new line of .45-caliber pistols.

Police training officer Perry Baxter said the department received no price break or perks in return for posing. "The benefit we got is they gave us several posters to give to our people," Baxter said.

He said the department essentially traded its old sidearms to the distributor for about 100 Glock .45s and new holsters. Sandy Springs ended up paying about $4 for each Glock, Baxter said. He said the department later purchased 22 Glocks at the standard police price of $469 per weapon.

Baxter noted that the new-gun-for-new-department angle was fleeting. Sandy Springs is not the newest police agency now but probably was when the poster was shot.

"When you stop and think about it, there aren't that many police agencies being formed," he said.

Glock spokeswoman Stephanie Plumeco said the poster could be used for advertisements, catalogues or calendars. Glock has made similar posters of other police agencies, including some in Georgia.

"It's your basic publicity shot," she said. 

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