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What The Police Are Packing

April 06, 1989|Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich, Susan Davis Greene and Dallas Jamison / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

The attempts to ban so-called assault rifles is just the latest in a series of controversies involving firearms. Police officers have complained, for example, that they are being outgunned. And while no one can be sure what the bad guys are packing, Orange County police officers have several alternatives. The following list shows the official sidearm issued for individual officers, what is carried in patrol cars and the hardware used by special units such as SWAT teams:

ANAHEIM

Individual officer issue: Smith & Wesson .38- or .45-caliber revolver, 9-millimeter semiautomatic or .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun.

Special unit: Automatic assault rifles; high-powered sniper rifles; Heckler & Koch MP-5 rifles.

BREA

Individual officer issue: Smith & Wesson .38 or .45 revolver or .45 semiautomatic pistol. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotgun.

Special unit: Remington 870 laser-aimed shotguns and Ruger mini-14 carbines.

BUENA PARK

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson .38 or .45 revolver, .357 magnum, or 9-mm. semiautomatic pistol. Officers provide their own weapons.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotgun.

Special unit: Sawed-off shotguns; Heckler & Koch MP-5 rifles; AR-15 assault rifles; Benelli Super-90 M-1 12-gauge shotguns.

COSTA MESA

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson semiautomatic .45 pistol. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotgun.

Special unit: AR-15 assault rifles; Uzi submachine guns; .308 sniper rifles; Remington 1100 12-gauge shotguns.

CYPRESS

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson .38 revolver or 9-mm. semiautomatic pistol. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotgun.

Special unit: Use Sheriff's Department.

DANA POINT

Policed by Sheriff's Department.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson .38 revolver or .45 semiautomatic pistol. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotgun.

Special unit: Submachine guns; sniper rifles; assault rifles.

FULLERTON

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson .38 revolver or .45 semiautomatic pistol. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotgun.

Special unit: Heckler & Koch HK-91 semiautomatic rifles; automatic rifles; modified shotguns.

GARDEN GROVE

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, Sig-Sauer or Colt .45 semiautomatic pistol. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotgun.

Special unit: AR-15 assault rifles; Ruger 77-.308 sniper rifles.

HUNTINGTON BEACH

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson .38 revolver or Sig-Sauer .45-semiautomatic pistol. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 or Smith & Wesson 12-gauge shotgun.

Special unit: AR-15 assault rifles; Heckler & Koch MP-5 rifles; sniper rifles.

IRVINE

Individual officer: Sig-Sauer .45 semiautomatic, Smith & Wesson .38 revolver or Smith & Wesson .45 revolver. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotguns.

Special unit: AR-15 assault rifles

LAGUNA BEACH

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson .38 or .45 revolver, .45-caliber or 9-mm. semiautomatic pistol. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotguns.

Special unit: Use Sheriff's Department.

LA HABRA

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson or Colt .38 or .357 magnum, or Smith & Wesson 9-mm. semiautomatic pistol. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 or Smith & Wesson 12-gauge shotgun.

Special unit: Heckler & Koch HK-91 rifles; AR-18 assault rifles; sniper rifles; various semiautomatic rifles.

LA PALMA

Individual officer: Sig-Sauer, Colt or Smith & Wesson .45-semiautomatic pistol. Officers provide own weapons.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotgun.

Special unit: AR-15 assault rifles; Heckler & Koch MP-5 rifles; sniper rifles.

LOS ALAMITOS

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson .45 semiautomatic pistol. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotgun.

Special unit: Declined to state.

MISSION VIEJO

Policed by Sheriff's Department.

NEWPORT BEACH

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson .38 revolver. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 or Smith & Wesson 12-gauge shotgun.

Special unit: Heckler & Koch MP-5 and HK-93 rifles; .223 assault rifles; .308 sniper rifles.

ORANGE

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson .38 or .45 revolver or 9-mm. semiautomatic; or Ruger .38 or Colt .45 revolver. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotgun.

Special unit: Declined to state.

PLACENTIA

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson .38 revolver, .45-caliber or 9-mm. semi-

automatic pistols. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotgun.

Special unit: M-14 sniper rifles.

SAN CLEMENTE

Individual officer: Colt .45 semiautomatic pistol. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Remington 870 shotgun.

Special unit: Declined to state.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Policed by Sheriff's Department.

SANTA ANA

Individual officer: Smith & Wesson .38 revolver or .45 semiautomatic pistol, or Beretta 9-mm. semiautomatic pistol. City issues the weapon.

Patrol car: Ithaca 12-gauge shotguns.

Special unit: Ruger 77 sniper rifles.

SEAL BEACH

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