Yeah, I unfortunately saw that post after I made mine and I think they are the same, being that mine is also a police model. I guess the better question is why did Taurus stop making them? I took my side plate off last night and krud actually fell out of the internals. I cleaned it up and lubed everything and then dry fired it about a 100 times, it is extremely smooth now. I bought mine used so I guess it is no surprise that they internals needed cleaning. My only minor complaint is that the porting scores the front sight pretty badly and I have had a hard time getting it clean.