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Bayonets in High Demand at N.C. Police Departments

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SMITHFIELD — North Carolina officers armed with military style bayonets? Some feel theweapons are out of date.

It isn't your grandfather's bayonet, but that's what it's called. Themilitary knives are in high demand at the Law Enforcement Support and Services warehouse, which gives away surplus items to departments in NorthCarolina.

Brad Lovin, Law Enforcement Support and Services, said agencies requestthe weapons for different reasons.

A number of agencies in the Triangle now have the military-style bayonets,including the Johnston County Sheriff's Department, which has 50 of them.Sheriff Freddy Narron said they come in handy, especially during marijuanaeradication efforts.

Officers on patrol won't have bayonets strapped to their sides, and youprobably won't see them on a rifle, since they're only designed to fit onone weapon, an M-16.

Police departments in 23 states now have bayonets in their arsenals. Butin Los Angeles, they're giving them back to the military. They said theyhave no need for them.

Reporter: Len BesthoffPhotographer: Greg Clark

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