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Springfield Police Division spent less than a quarter of what a similar-sized Northern Cincinnati suburb police force spent on ammunition last year.

Springfield police spent about $17,000 on ammunition for training and qualifying its 127 uniform patrol and Special Operations Unit members while the approximately 110-member Hamilton Police Department spent about $71,700 for nearly the same caliber pistols, rifles and shotguns, a Springfield News-Sun analysis found.

Part of the difference is how much time the departments’ sworn staff spend shooting at their ranges.

By contrast, the Hamilton department requires eight-hour, twice-a-year sessions of its uniformed officers and monthly, eight-hour sessions of its Special Weapons and Tactics officers, police officials said. SWAT members who use sniper rifles spend an additional eight hours of training each month.

Springfield officers are invited to practice and train at an open range once each month, said Lt. Brad Moos. Their Special Operations Team, similar to a SWAT team, trains up to four times a month.

Source: Learn more from Mark McGregor’s at springfieldnewssun.com.

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