The request to accept a $70,000 donation to buy about 70 of the new Smith & Wesson models will go before the Town Council at its 9:30 a.m. meeting Tuesday.
The handguns would replace an outdated Beretta model that is no longer made.
Parts were difficult to find, and the police were having to “cannibalize” some of their guns to keep others in working order.
The donation came through the Palm Beach Police Foundation from resident Daniel Borislow. The not-for-profit foundation supports the department through the acceptance and management of gifts and contributions.
Tim Moran, vice president of the foundation, said the investment in new weapons benefits the entire town.
“The state-of-the-art technology allows the police to better protect the community,” Moran said.
According to a memo from Chief Kirk Blouin to the council, the new guns were evaluated by the department’s firearms committee and accepted for use by Palm Beach’s Special Operations Unit last year.
They are preferred because they have adjustable grip sizes and a built-in light bar, police said.
That feature allows police to conduct searches in the dark without having to hold a gun in one hand and a flashlight in another, according to police.
“They can turn it on and off with their thumb,” Blouin said.
According to the memo, the $70,000 is enough to cover not only the guns, but also holsters, lights and ammunition.
Read the rest of Margie Kachoha’s article at the Palm Beach Daily News.