The Mille Lacs County Board approved Sheriff Brent Lindgren’s request Dec. 17 to purchase 40 Glock 9mm pistols, with the money coming out of the sheriff department’s forfeited property sale fund and from miscellaneous revenue accounts.
Having one standard department-issued firearm for every deputy will better enable the department to give a deputy who has discharged their firearm a replacement. Another advantage of the policy is that there is only one type of ammunition to purchase and keep in stock, Lindgren noted. Still another advantage is only having to have one armorer in the department. An armorer is a person skilled to tear down a firearm and repair it. Only needing to have one in the department will result in cost savings, Lindgren said.