Smith & Wesson just landed a five-year contract to supply the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department—the largest sheriffs department in the world—with M&P9 pistols. You think they’re happy?
From the press release:
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: SWHC), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced that it has been awarded a firearms contract from the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department (LASD) for new service firearms from the Companys M&P Pistol Series. As part of a five-year contract, the LASD will purchase Smith & Wesson M&P9 pistols which will replace currently issued non-Smith & Wesson firearms. The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department fields approximately 13,000 sworn and non-sworn personnel who are issued duty handguns.
Serving as the second largest local policing agency in the United States and the worlds largest sheriffs department, the LASD currently lists over 18,000 active duty employees. Composed of over 9,000 sworn deputies and 8,000 professional staff members, the LASD provides general service law enforcement to 43 municipalities that encompass more than 3,000,000 citizens. Formed in 1850, the LASD has a prestigious track record of aligning itself with superior products and companies to better assist and protect California residents.
James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, The decision by the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department represents a significant milestone in the history of the Smith & Wesson M&P Pistol Series. The LASD has long been characterized by its high performance standards and comprehensive testing procedures for duty equipment. We view the departments selection of the Smith & Wesson M&P9 as an endorsement of the winning attributes of the pistol as well as the professional services that support it.
The LASD contract is a nice “get” for Smith’s line-up of M&P handguns, which has had a few bumps in the road in recent weeks with the recall of the S&W Shield series and the announcement that the North Carolina Highway Patrol might be looking to dump the M&P because of extractor issues with the pistol .357 Sig.