New York City Police Department (NYPD)
New York City Police Department (NYPD):
As the largest police department in the nation, The New York City Police Department has over 40,000 officers in its ranks. Some ranking systems call it the fourth largest army in the world, equipped with some of the best 9mm weapons on the market all using a 124 grain +P Speer Gold Dot Hollow Point.
According to the NYPD, Officers must buy their own gun. The NYPD allows three options, all with double-action only (DAO) trigger pulls and inherent safety features:
Glock 19: Reportedly over 25000 Officers choose the Glock 19 w/NY-1 or 2 triggers. Those trigger systems were created by GLOCK specifically for the transitioning of wheel gun carrying officers to convert to semi-automatic. The Glock 19 was found to be lighter, durable and accurate in 9mm.
Smith and Wesson 5946: A variant of the 5906 line, the stainless steel, full sized, double-action only weapon is chambered for 9 mm ammunition. Its safeties include a magazine disconnect feature, it cant be fire without the magazine in place, ambidextrous safety levers, a one piece rear wraparound grip, and a choice of either fixed sights, or the fully adjustable rear sight for both windage and elevation.
Sigarms P226 DAO: The highly respected handgun of many law enforcement and military organizations, the Sig 226 DAO (Double Action Only) has a black-anodized steel frame. The weapon incorporates a decoking lever on the left side of the frame above the magazine release button. By using the decoking lever, the hammer can be de-cocked without the firing pin moving, making accidentally discharges impossible. The decocking lever makes the weapon “drop safe,” which means the firing pin will be blocked from striking a loaded round unless the trigger is pulled. There is no manual safety to manipulate; the weapon has only internal safeties and has a steady 12lb NY2 trigger pull.
Chicago Police Department (CPD):
With over 13,000 sworn officers strong, the CPD comes in as the second largest department in the United States. Chicago Police officers must buy their own duty gear including uniform, handcuffs, light, baton and weapon. The annual uniform allowance is $1,800.
According to Chicago PD, in 2008 all new recruits were required to purchase a Glock 17 or Glock 19, which they may keep or switch after their probationary period. Depending on their hire date, officers have a variety of weapons they are authorized to carry including Smith and Wesson or Ruger revolvers in .38 Special.
Glock touts the 19 as the “all around talent weapon – that is ideal for versatile use through reduced dimensions compared with the standard pistol size. With the proven caliber of 9mm, it has found worldwide distribution in security services. In addition to being used as a conventional service weapon, it is suitable for concealed carry or as a backup weapon.”
After probation, the officer may purchase any weapon manufactured by Beretta, Glock, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, or Springfield Armory and can be chambered in either 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP. The weapons must also be Double-Action Only (DAO).
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD):
Always near the “tip of the spear” on the west coat, the LAPD has over 9,000 sworn officers and is arguably one of the front leaning law enforcement agencies.
According to LAPD, until 2002, the LAPD standard issue pistol was the Beretta 92F. When William Bratton was appointed Chief, he allowed officers to also carry the Glock. New officers graduating from the academy are issued the Glock 22 which is a .40 version of the Glock 17 but uses a modified slide, frame, and barrel to handle the size and power of the .40 cartridge. The Glock 22 has a standard magazine capacity of 15 rounds.
With the exception of their SWAT Officers, after the academy, LAPD.org says Officers have the choice of carrying a wide range of handguns including: Beretta: 92F, 92FS, 92FS-Stainless Steel, 8045 (4” barrel). Smith & Wesson: 459, 5904, 5903, 659, 5906, 645, 4506, 4566, 4567, 5903 TSW, 5906 TSW, 4569 TSW, and 4566 TSW and the Glock Model 34, Model 17, Model 19 in 9mm; Model 35, Model 22, Model 23 in .40 Caliber and the Model 21 in .45 Caliber.
For LAPD SWAT, the original SWAT Teams, Kimber designed and designated the Custom TLE (Tactical Law Enforcement ) II also know as the LAPD SWAT Custom. This 1911 weapon has a .45 caliber punch, five inch barrel, steel made frame and slide with a lowered ejection port, custom trigger with a quick re-set, beveled magazine well, extended thumb safety, beavertail grip safety and internal firing pin safety. This feature provides additional assurance that the gun will not fire if dropped as it blocks the firing pin unless the grip safety is depressed and also comes with tritium bar-dot night sights. When LAPD SWAT hit the scene, they mean business.
Philadelphia Police Department:
As the largest city in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PDs 7,000 sworn officers patrol some of the toughest streets in America. According to Philadelphia Police, they recently changed their gun policy. When a Philadelphia Police Recruit enters the Academy they are issued a GLOCK 21SF in 45 caliber. They keep this gun throughout their career.
Once on the street, an officer may also submit a memorandum requesting permission to carry a smaller weapon including a GLOCK 26 in 9mm; GLOCK 27 in 40 caliber or the GLOCK 30 in 45 caliber.
The officer would need to indicate the reason why they wanted to carry that weapon including an assignment to a specialized unit (Detective, Plain Clothes, etc.) where a smaller weapon might be appropriate.
The Officers who are permitted to carry the smaller handgun must purchase this weapon on their own, however, they are still required to maintain proficiency and qualify with each weapon they are authorized to carry.
For Philly SWAT, the GLOCK 35 in 40 caliber is the choice weapon. Only the SWAT Unit carries the 35 which is highly regarded in the law enforcement world. The GLOCK 35 is the 40 caliber version of the GLOCK 34 and gives these operators a weapon that will stop a threat on the spot.
Houston Police Department (HPD):
HPD has over 5400 police officers to cover a city whose crime rates reportedly rose significantly after Hurricane Katrina. HPD is the largest police department in Texas and allow its officers to carry one of an array of .40 caliber weapons.
According to HPD, officers are required to purchase their weapon, and can carry: Smith & Wesson Model M&P 500 in .40 caliber; Glock Models 22, 22C, 23, or 23C, .40 caliber; Springfield Armory Model XD-40 Duty, .40 caliber; Sig-Sauer Model P229, DA/SA or DAK Versions, .40 caliber; Sig Sauer Model P226, DA/SA or DAK versions, .40 caliber. HPD authorizes some big guns for the biggest police department in Texas.