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Michigan State Police to switch to Glock 17 9mm

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Michigan State Police are making the transition to a new weapon system.

They say it's a major step in keeping up with technology.

Over the past two-and-a-half years, state police have researched and tested over 39 different weapons.

Now, they're in the process of switching to the Glock 17 9mm.

But before they can make the switch, every officer must go through intense training.

"10 hours were good, long, serious, no nonsense, because you know police officers go to work every day not knowing if they're going to save a life, take a life, or give their own life," said Captain John Halpin, the Michigan State Police 8th District Commander.

State Police say the switch will be more affordable in the long run, and easier to maintain.

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