Hot on the heels of the news that Florida’s Tampa PD have adopted the SIG Sauer P320, two more law enforcement agencies have followed suit. Arkansas’ Jacksonville PD and the Texas Department for Public Safety have also selected the P320 as their new service pistols.
On the 14 June, SIG Sauer released a statement announcing that Arkansas’ Jacksonville Police Department had selected the P320 as their official duty pistol. The P320 will arm the department’s 56 officers and 4 auxiliary officers a move away from the Glocks currently in use.
Lt. Brett Hibbs, of Jacksonville PD‘s Support Services Division, said:
We are extremely pleased with our decision to transition to the SIG SAUER P320 as our official duty firearm. All of our officers have completed the training and instruction process with the new pistol and we’ve found, overwhelmingly, that the P320 has made them more proficient shooters due to the ability for the officers to choose their preferred grip size, the smooth trigger, and ambidextrous controls.
P320s For Texas
Jacksonville PD aren’t the only law enforcement agency to adopt the P320 recently. The Texas Department for Public Safety have also selected the P320 as their new service pistols. The Texas DPS has previously issued the P220 and P226 before an abortive move to the Smith & Wesson M&P. The decision to move to the P320 was initially taken back in 2015, when the first 200 pistols were ordered. A SIG Sauer press release, on 20 June, announced that the Texas DPS had selected the P320 as its official service firearm throughout its divisions.
The Department for Public Safety has a dozen divisions dealing with a wide range of including law enforcement, vehicle registration and emergency management. The department is also responsible for a number of divisions with armed officers, including: the Texas Highway Patrol, state SWAT, the Texas Criminal Investigations division and the Texas Rangers.
Tom Jankiewicz, SIG Sauer’s Executive Vice President, Law Enforcement Sales, Said:
We are proud to continue our long-standing relationship with the Texas Department of Public Safety and honored that they have chosen the SIG SAUER P320 as their official service firearm. The modularity and ability to customize the P320 pistol, combined with the ultimate in reliability and accuracy, made it the right choice for the diverse needs, across all divisions, for the Texas Department of Safety.
This substantial contract will see well over 3,000 officers and rangers armed with P320s. The Texas DPS will acquire 4,000 P320s for use with the following divisions: Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigations Divisions (CID), Aircraft Division, Executive Protection Bureau, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Texas Rangers, SWAT, and Special Operations Group. The press release did not state what calibre Texas DPS’ new guns would be chambered in or what configurations of the P320 might be ordered.