LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A growing bullet shortage nationwide is affecting law enforcement agencies all over the country.
Police in the lake area say it's forcing them to order ammunition months in advance to make sure they have enough.
"We would place an order and the next week we would receive it but now we're having to wait 6 to 10 months to receive ammunition," says Chief Deputy Gary "Stitch" Guillory of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.
Guillory says the recent shortage has caught him by surprise.
"I served as a fire arm instructor for 15 years, and this is the first time I can remember anything like this happening," says Guillory.
The reason for the gradual nationwide shortage over the past year goes back to one thing according to Guillory.
"Simply because they're making so much ammunition for the wars in Afghanistan, it is a little bit harder to get than what it usually was," says Guillory.
Guillory says they need bulks of ammunition to train cadets.
"Our situation is very unique," says Guillory. "We hold training for a five parish area, so we need enough ammunition to have them come out and perform their training."
Fortunately, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says the shortage in bullets is not slowing down their practices.
"We had the foresight to see that there was a problem and we're very well stocked up," says Guillory.
Not only are they stocked up to train their cadets, but to also protect the community from harm.
"You don't have to worry about whether or not the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is going to have enough ammunition," says Guillory. "We're going to have enough ammunition to fight the bad guys."
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says they don't see the bullet shortage letting up anytime soon.
In the meantime, they plan to continue ordering enough ammunition at least 6 months in advance.