The police that couldn’t shoot straight: NYPD gives new recruits easier-to-fire weapons in a bid to improve accuracy after missing targets on half of all shots fired last year
- NYPD recruits will be equipped with pistols that officers can fire more easily
- Top Police Officers Claim Weapons Make Officers More Accurate
- They claim that officers who hit their targets more will end up firing fewer bullets
- However, critics have hit back, claiming more people are at risk
The NYPD will hand over weapons that are easier to shoot for new recruits as the police seek to improve the accuracy of its officers.
The force claims that the movement, which would mean less pressure needed to pull the trigger, is supported by their data NY Daily News reports.
According to their records, the NYPD said officers missed half of the 256 shots fired in 26 separate incidents.
Inspector Marlon Larin said of the decision: “We are building (recruits) from the ground up, as it were.
The NYPD is set to hand over weapons that are easier to shoot to its new recruits as police try to improve the accuracy of its officers (stock image)
“As we train them, we assess them and we can also track them throughout their careers. We didn’t want to go that big. We know this is a very sensitive subject and we wanted to introduce it slowly.’
The first NYPD recruits trained with the easier-firing weapons will graduate in October, and Larin said officers hitting their targets will fire fewer bullets.
The new guns were tested at Rodman’s Neck in the Bronx, and recruits firing the new guns had an average score of 93.7, as opposed to those firing the traditional 12-pound guns who scored 88.7.
While 129 cops on the street using the new weapons also achieved higher accuracy scores.
In recent years, other police forces have equipped officers with pistols with a lighter trigger pull.
An example of this is the Suffolk County Police Department, whose acting commissioner, Stuart Cameron, said accuracy has improved without an increase in accidental discharges.
Suffolk County Police Department Acting Commissioner Stuart Cameron (pictured) has said accuracy has improved with no increase in accidental discharges when his officers were armed with guns with a lighter trigger pull
Despite this supporting evidence, Deputy Commissioner John Miller has expressed concern about the logistics behind switching the entire force to the new weapons.
Meanwhile, Randolph McLaughlin, who was representing the family of Mohamed Bah, a mentally ill Harlem man who was shot dead in his apartment in 2012, said the new guns are a mistake because they endanger more people.
He said: ‘It makes the weapon more deadly for more people. And I think at a time when we’re questioning the discharge of weapons by the police, if we make available to officers non-lethal assault devices, like tasers, why would you want to make it easier for the police to shoot people? ?’
Critics have also argued that officers armed with a weapon that can carry 16 bullets instead of the eight found in a revolver would fire more shots.
The news comes after the New York Police Commissioner pleaded with the state’s new governor to roll back the disastrous crime reform laws.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea (pictured) says recent criminal reforms have been ‘a disaster’
“This city is built on public safety,” top NYPD agent Dermot Shea told NY1 on Tuesday. “We’re probably about two years into this soft-on-criminals experiment. … Show me a New Yorker who thinks this experiment worked.
“It’s been a disaster. Anyway, it’s been a disaster.’
Shea made the comments after an innocent bystander was injured Monday in a shooting near West 31 Street and Seventh Avenue. Police said the gunman wanted to punch a man in Penn Station with whom he had argued over food.
“Common sense is what we need,” Shea said. “Reforms are good, but let’s make reforms so calibrated with law enforcement input. We all work for the same person: the audience. Those laws of recent years have been a disaster.’