ROGERSVILLE — Hawkins County deputies will be carrying a bit more firepower from now on, as Sheriff Roger Christian has accepted the low bid to upgrade his department with .45-caliber Glocks.
Currently, the most common sidearm carried by Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies is the 9 mm Beretta.
On May 21, the Hawkins County Commission agreed to declare 32 HCSO Berettas as surplus so they can be traded in for the new Glocks.
“One thing I noticed when I came into office is that those firearms need to be updated — need to be replaced,” Christian said. “Our officers’ sidearms were purchased around 1992, and we got 15 years of service out of them. That’s a long time for a duty weapon.”
Christian noted that some deputies are already carrying .45-caliber Glocks, but he wants every deputy to carry one.
“Basically I don’t want my people outgunned by the criminal element,” Christian said. “Any of you who served in the military know the .45 carries a heavy load.”
Christian will be purchasing 21 new Glocks at a total cost of $12,772. But with the credit he’ll receive on the 32 Berettas, the actual cost of the new Glocks will only be $4,772.
Christian noted that he got about $250 per Beretta in trade-in value.
The money for the weapons upgrade is in the sheriff’s office budget, and no county general fund money was needed to make the purchase.
The County Commission resolution approved last Monday declaring the guns as surplus also addressed property from the register of deeds and assessor’s offices.
The register of deeds will be donating some office chairs to the Cherokee High School graphic art department, while the assessor’s office will be donating the CHS graphic art department a drafting table and stool.