LOWELL | Officers at the Lowell Police Department are holstering a different weapon these days.
Police Chief Erik Matson said all officers started carrying Glock .45-caliber pistols about three weeks ago.
"The officers really like them," Matson said. "The Springfields had been giving us trouble."
The Police Commission agreed in mid-November to purchase different firearms after Matson reported some of the Springfields were malfunctioning.
The decision to go with Glocks was based, in part, on an Indianapolis dealer's willingness to give $306 for each Springfield trade-in. The Glocks were $469 each, but affordable with the trade-in.
Holsters for each Glock were bought for $81 each.
Matson said all officers have qualified with the new pistol.
Three dealers were contacted, but only Kiesler's of Indianapolis was willing to do a trade-in. Without that, the department would have taken a loss on each Springfield, Matson said.
Lowell officers also received their college degree certification pay last month.
The Town Council approved a December payment and made changes reflected in the 2014 salary ordinance.
The degree certification pay rewards officers for continuing their education. While officers may attain multiple degrees, they will be paid for the highest degree achieved annually.
The approved amounts are $300 for an associate's degree, $600 for a bachelor's degree and $900 for a master's degree.