Front Royal police getting new handguns

By Joe Beck

The Front Royal Police Department is planning to buy 10 Glock pistols with $4,700 in asset forfeiture funds.

The Town Council approved the purchase Monday night in response to recent retirements that left the police in need of pistols for newly hired officers and spare weapons to replace those that malfunction.

A memo from Capt. Jason Ryman to Chief Norman Shiflett on April 10 said the department has only two extra Glock 21 .45 caliber pistols available if other guns need repair or replacement.

Shiflett said recent retirees from the department are covered by a state law that allows those with 20 or more years of service to buy their service handguns for $1 upon their retirement.

All of the retirees chose to buy their pistols at the bargain price, Shiflett said.

“The ones I am going to replace are the ones that the emergency services team uses,” Shiflett said. “I am going to replace the existing weapons and bring them in to have new springs installed. They’re going to be reconditioned and then put back in inventory.”

The 10 pistols to be reconditioned and will have recoil, firing pin and trigger springs replaced.

The guns will be purchased with asset forfeiture funds the department receives from property and cash seized as a result of successful prosecutions against criminal enterprises. No taxpayer money is involved.

Shiflett said the money in Front Royal’s asset forfeiture fund comes from prosecutions of drug-related offenses.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com