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Albany-- The Albany Police Department is training to use a new crime-fighting weapon.

APD officers are learning to use new .40 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistols. Each officer must undergo eight hours of training and pass two shooting tests.

Firearms Instructor Sgt. David Noel says the new guns are more powerful than the 9 millimeter hand guns APD uses now. "The officers use the handgun for protection," said Noel. "To protect themselves and the people on the streets. They need to be proficient in shooting. They must be able to hit what they're aiming at."

It will take a year for all APD officers to be trained and issued the new guns.

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