Jan 16, 2013 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from CNS News: Police departments nationwide are experiencing ammunition shortages, according to the online law enforcement resource, PoliceOne.com
Sgt. Chris Forrester of the Greer Police Department in South Carolina told local TV-news channel WSPA-7:
“It’s never easy to get ammo, but since the tragedy in Connecticut, it’s become even more difficult.”
Forrester says the department began experiencing problems ordering ammunition a little less than a month ago. “You’ll call and they say ‘sorry we’re out,’ or ‘it’s on back order,’” he said.
The shortage has forced Sgt. Forrester to rethink quarterly training for his officers saying, “We’re having to be more conservative.”
Typically, officers are required to fire 60 rounds with a rifle but because of ammunition backorders, they’ve reduced that number to 20, Forrester explained.
According to WSB-TV, tens of thousands of rounds are on backorder for departments in Georgia which has forced the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to reschedule training exercises as they scramble for ammo.