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Ohio Chief Bans Load-Bearing Vests for Officers

Ohio Chief Bans Load-Bearing Vests for Officers

The chief of police for the Toledo Police Department has banned officers from wearing load-bearing vests that have been credited by many with relieving back pain associated with wearing duty belts that carry an officer's duty gear.

February 11, 2020

San Francisco Police Open "Foot Beat" Office in Troubled Neighborhood

Officers with the San Francisco Police Department who are tasked with patrolling a neighborhood troubled by drug dealing, homelessness, car break-ins, and a host of other unseemly activities will now have an office to operate out of at the epicenter of Mid-Market.

February 7, 2020

Pennsylvania Police Union Loses in Fight Over Tattoos

The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police lost in its bid to defend officers who have visible tattoos that some might construe as offensive following an incident in which an officer was seen in a short-sleeve uniform shirt revealing a tattoo some argued was a Nazi symbol.

October 18, 2019

Video: RCMP Officer Speaks About Being First to Patrol with Permanent Blindness in One Eye

Video: RCMP Officer Speaks About Being First to Patrol with Permanent Blindness in One Eye

In 2012, First Constable Michael Jaszczyszyn of the Royal Canadian Mounted Patrol suffered the permanent loss of sight in his right eye due to a rare form of cancer. After training himself to fire his patrol rifle from his left side and practicing to improve his depth perception, Jaszczyszyn returned to patrol duties in December 2017. Since Jaszczyszyn returned to duty—changing RCMP policy in the process—two other Canadian officers with vision issues have also resumed active duty.

August 24, 2018

Orlando PD Revises Social Media Policy to Include Possible Firing
Washington Department Set to Update its Use-of-Force Policy

Washington Department Set to Update its Use-of-Force Policy

Chief Craig Meidl said that most of the department is already using the proposed principles and tactics — including using time, distance, cover and de-escalation — but said that some officers who “could benefit from those being codified in an official policy.”

June 28, 2018

NYPD Unveils New Policy to “Reduce Unnecessary Marijuana Arrests”

LAPD to Make Body Camera, Patrol Car Videos Public

The Los Angeles Police Department's years-long practice of keeping video from body cameras and patrol cars under wraps will soon end after the agency's civilian bosses approved a policy Tuesday that requires the release of recordings in the future.

March 20, 2018

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