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Ohio Troopers Allowed Athletic Duty Boot

August 23, 2013  | 

Ohio troopers will now be able to wear an athletic-style duty boot. Photo: POLICE file
Ohio troopers will now be able to wear an athletic-style duty boot. Photo: POLICE file
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the union for troopers have settled a disagreement over shoes for the officers, who can now choose to wear a dressier short boot or a more athletic version with laces.

The Ohio State Troopers Association and several officers had filed grievances, contending the buckle boots being required were slick and potentially insecure, creating unsafe working conditions.

Association President Larry Phillips said troopers are satisfied with the settlement, which makes the athletic style optional for everyday use. The leather buckle style still is required in certain circumstances, including for higher-ranking officers and at ceremonial occasions, classroom training and public speaking appearances.

Read the full Associated Press story.

Related:

Ohio Troopers File Grievance Over Boots

Tags: Duty Boots, Police Unions, Ohio State Highway Patrol


Comments (5)

Displaying 1 - 5 of 5

Troop @ 8/23/2013 7:14 PM

Good job trooper union. This was the dumbest that a state PD admin has done in a long time. Besides, those shoes were really ugly.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/24/2013 12:37 PM

Good Job Flying Doughnuts!

TheRookie @ 8/27/2013 12:53 AM

These guys put a badge, uniform, and duty belt on everyday, and have to fight about a no nonsense boot issue. Man that is stuff we had to do 27 years ago when I worked as a youngster at a security company. Come on Ohio, it's 2013.

Doug M. @ 8/27/2013 5:42 AM

Troop: I'd bet a lot in it is not even in the top 10 this week, sadly. State agencies (SPs and HPs) tend to be the most backwards on important issues from what I have seen. This counterproductive parade ground appearance fetish is a great example. Sadly, no one will even realize that the dolts behind it should be disciplined, except for the working troopers who have no ability to address the problem. It was a solution in search of a problem from the start, AND not even done well.

mikew @ 8/27/2013 7:38 AM

Poor babies!!! Do they get a pacifier too???

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