Inspector General Report on M&P Pistols Out

Richard Johnson
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Earlier this year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department went to the county’s inspector general with concerns about the upward trend of negligent discharges that were happening withe the agency’s new sidearm: the Smith & Wesson M&P9. Earlier this month, the inspector general released its report.

TFB contributor Aaron E. is a full time cop and trainer, plus writes at He breaks down the inspector general’s 59 page report on the LA County Sheriff’s Office negligent discharges into something a little more manageable.

Among the findings:

  • deputies violated basic gun handling safety, specifically, having a finger on the trigger when he or she should not
  • the external safety of the previously issued Beretta was a non-issue as the safeties were disengaged when drawing the gun
  • some negligent discharges happened when trying to activate the remote grip switch for the mounted SureFire light (sympathetic reflex)
  • lack of adequate training time to overcome flawed habits with the Beretta
  • inadequate training with weapon lights (a 30 minute video only)
  • purchasing decision for the SureFire lights was questionable

The inspector general report gave detailed recommendations for additional training to correct the problems. Additionally, the IG made recommendations on improving/correcting the process of acquiring new gear.

The problems with negligent discharges at the sheriff’s office was previously discussed here. Potential problems with NDs and weapon lights was brought up here.

The Force Science Institute previously issued a warning about the remote pressure switches used by SureFire to activate lights on handguns. In the 2011 warning, the institute illustrated several incidents where the switches were at least casually involved with the unintended shooting of unarmed citizens. Further, the warning went on to describe how this may happen under stress.

Take a look at Aaron’s article for additional details on the IG report and the problems with the sheriff’s office.

Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson

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  • Jim Jim on Jan 02, 2016

    Let me get this straight: A deputy directing traffic with his weapon-mounted light? Here is a presumably uniformed officer in the middle of traffic waving a gun around and it goes off? No wonder they have traffic problems out there....I am surprised that some driver didn't run over his ass! Does LASD conduct IQ tests in their application process?

  • I bet they got pissed instead of properly face palming and realizing they needed to train better. Sad to make a huge hill out of something that turned out to be your fault.

    • Mikial Mikial on Jan 04, 2016

      @Hensley Beuron Garlington So true, my friend. So true.