First off welcome to the club and I see your age is 21. I have a question for you, DO YOU HAVE YOUR FIREARMS PERMIT YET? if not go to the GUN LAWS section and print out the paperwork and take it to Woodrow Wilson and get it ASAP. I just got mine and I am 33 and filled out the paper work 6 times and never did it untill this year and let me tell you it is worth every pennie/minute of wait. if you have done it disreguard the info above, fi you haven't--JUST DO IT!!!
I've been meaning to get my Concealed Carry permit for a while, but money's in the way and I can't spare the change for it (there's valid points to be argued on both sides of the field here, but lets not, please?). I had a buddy of mine who just got his, and he picked up a subcompact Glock, he's actually the guy who told me to join this forum, although I don't know what his username is yet.
I believe your local RPD officers also rely on the Springfield XD, don't they?
Yes they do. It was actually a good family friend who's on the force who convinced me to get an XD. He carries the Tactical .40 and just loves it. He advised me to go with the .40 sub compact, but I felt I was better off with the .45 ACP as I'd spent several years reading and learning about it, then shooting a friend's Kimber and G21. I fell in love with that cartridge. Although, looking back now, I've fired a few .40's and I'd take it as a back up if needed.