Sheriff's department upgrading to new weapons

Sheriff's department upgrading to new weapons
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Mississippi County Sheriff's Department will soon say goodbye to weapons they have been using for 11 years.

Sheriff Dale Cook said a grant they received will allow them to get .40 caliber guns.

For several years, Mississippi County deputies have used a different style weapon than surrounding agencies.

"Currently the sheriff's office is carrying Sig 45's," said Darrell Watkins, Gosnell police chief.

The new weapons will match other departments, which Watkins said will be beneficial in emergency situations when everyone has to work together.

"Those magazines they use or rounds would not match our weapons in case we need their rounds," Watkins said. "They will now."

Watkins said he is proud of the sheriff's department and looks forward to them getting the new guns.

"Most of their SWAT guys that we would utilize would be either Blytheville SWAT or the sheriff's office SWAT, so we need to be on the same page when it comes to ammunition," Watkins said.

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