Glock’s Asia Pacific arm are set supply 6,000 new duty pistols to the Singapore Police Force to replace the revolvers currently issued to officers. Glock have confirmed that the 9x19mm Glock 19 Gen 5 has been selected.
The Singapore Police Force, which has over 9,500 regular officers, has a long history of revolver use. The majority of officers are currently armed with the Taurus Model 85. The Model 85, which was introduced in 2002, has a five shot cylinder and chambered .38 Special, officers are generally issued with just 10 rounds.
Glock said: “After extensive testing, the Singapore Police Force has awarded the tender for the purchase of more than 6,000 GLOCK pistols to GLOCK Asia Pacific’s distributor, W.H. Brennan & Co Pte Ltd.”
Gaston Glock, founder, President and CEO of GLOCK GmbH noted that the:
Trials performed by the Singapore Police have been extremely professional. It’s also been one of the very few tenders that’s not only evaluating technical performance and purchase price, but actual through life cost. We’re honored to supply such a reputable customer.
The move to a semi-automatic pistol has been under consideration for some time with CZ P-07s being tested several years ago. In 2017, a Singapore Police Force spokesman told the Straits Times that “given the heightened threat environment, the police have started to train and will equip officers in regular frontline units to use pistols.” The new Glock 19s will give Singapore Police Force officers a giant leap forward in personal firepower offering a far greater magazine capacity.