Several local law enforcement agencies are having trouble getting ammunition and it may cause them to cut back on their training.
Ammo for high powered weapons used by law enforcement is especially hard to come by. What law enforcement officials were able to get in weeks, is taking much longer. The wait time for 223 bullets and shotgun shells is now six months to a year.
The Waco police department says right now they have enough duty ammunition, but they may have to cut back on training to ensure an adequate supply long-term.
It's a similar story for the McLennan county Sheriff's office. They're watching their ammunition supply closely and have no plans to cut back on training.
The ammunition shortage isn't just affecting some agencies training; it's also affecting their budget.
McLennan County Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon said, "When ammunition the cost has increased two-fold, or maybe three-fold, you start having to start adjusting our budget and that always becomes an issue."
Woodway Public Safety Department hasn't been affected by the shortage yet because they keep enough ammo to last up to 18-months. They said that if the waitlist gets longer than that then they may have to adjust their training too, in order to preserve ammo.
Woodway Public Safety Director Yost Zakhary says having enough ammo basically comes down to money. He says, his department put a system in place years ago to make sure they also have a large inventory.
"It's just a matter of can a department afford to keep a years worth of inventory of ammunition. It's very expensive, we're talking thousands of dollars and that's expensive. I don't think it's a failure to plan, it's a matter of, money is tight and everybody's budgets are constrained," said Zakhary.
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