Criminals foot the crime-fighting bill

Bethlehem's asset forfeiture fund allows timely purchases, including new sidearms

— The new pistols will fire a .45-caliber round, which is slightly heavier than the .40-caliber cartridge used by the aging Glocks. The department did extensive ballistics testing in selecting the the type of ammunition, and Corsi noted that police in Colonie and Guilderland are now carrying the same model pistol. They're about $400 apiece, and the department is buying 50.

Making the purchase now was important because it takes time for an order of pistols to be prepared and shipped, and the force will have to be trained and practiced in a variety of conditions on the new sidearms before switching over to the M&P45. This training is slated to take place in October.

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