posted on Jan, 10 2013 @ 08:35 AM
Man a lot of you guys paint with a very broad brush. All the blanket negative comments about law enforcement seriously make me second guess putting my
butt on the line and coming to the public's aid in a SHTF situation. Hell it makes me second guess doing my normal job everyday.
That being said, most patrol officers qualify once a year with their handgun, rifle, and shotgun. We have to qualify day and night. Also at my
department we usually shoot a couple of practice courses before qualifying. That alone is around 250+ rounds of ammo per officer.
I can't speak for other departments but we also do "tactical" shooting drills during qualifications as well. That is about another 100+ rounds per
You also have to take into account SWAT training. They obviously shoot more often, using more rounds than patrol.
Again I can only speak for our department but we usually don't stock very much ammunition on hand. I know plenty of non military/non LEO that have
more stocked personal ammo than our department. Our department is not huge, but it is not small either. We have a population of about 100,000.
Departments everywhere are getting hammered with budget cuts (just like everyone else). In the last year alone we have seen a 4.5% pay cut coupled
with our pension being literally cut in half. So it would not surprise me that departments are seeing ammo shortages factoring in being broke, and the
panic buying by everyone.
Hell I spoke with the newly elected mayor in one of the cities in our county who said that there is a storm coming. He said all the cities in our
county are broke, just kicking the can down the road. He said there is no money for pensions and things are pretty much beyond fixing without some
sort of collapse. He also said one of the first cities to go broke will be Titusville, Florida. Then the dominoes start falling for our county.
Anyways I have firearms training in a couple of weeks. I will let you know if we shoot any less than we normally do.
edit on 10-1-2013 by
TorqueyThePig because: added