DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office purchases 55 backup weapons for deputies to carry at all times

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Last month DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris announced he was changing policy for all certified deputies to carry a concealed weapon on them at all times while off duty. Previously deputies were strongly encouraged to carry concealed weapons when not on the clock, but following events such as the deadly shootings in Chattanooga Sheriff Harris proposed the policy change to make it a requirement.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris examines new backup weapon (courtesy: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

Sheriff Jimmy Harris examines new backup weapon (courtesy: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

On Tuesday, Sheriff Harris said the department ordered 55 Glock 43 firearms. Harris said the reason for purchasing the handguns is because deputies are required to buy their own on-duty weapons and those are not to be used as a concealed weapon.

The department is still in the process of ordering ammo to go with the backup guns. Sheriff Harris says the total cost for the firearms and ammo will be between $22,000 and $25,000. The Glock 43 handguns will be property of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and all deputies receiving a firearm will have to go through certification designed for backup weapons.

Sheriff Harris says the department is taking donations to help pay for the backup weapons. Donations are tax deductible. Anyone who would like to donate can call (256) 845-3801 or (256) 304-0469. Donations would also be mailed to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at 2801 Jordan Road SW, Fort Payne, AL 35968.