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Writing a Handgun Optics Policy

If your agency is allowing officers to use red dot sights on duty pistols, then it needs to have a policy that covers issues such as training, equipment, and qualification protocols.

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Terminated Ohio Officer Returning to Duty, Collecting Back Pay

An officer with the Mansfield (OH) Police Department who was terminated in May of last year has been reinstated and will soon return to duty.

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.

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.

Bill Requiring Armed SROs Clears Kentucky Senate

The Kentucky Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation Monday to require that police officers be armed when assigned to schools. The bill now goes to the House.

Washington Officer's Arrest of Teen Followed Policy

Two Kirkland, WA, police officers followed department policies and procedures when they roughly arrested a fleeing 14-year-old suspect in a YMCA teen center, according to a final report following an investigation of the arrest.

Baltimore PD to Enact Reforms in 2020, Despite Delays

City and police leaders say Baltimore residents should start to see the Police Department’s consent decree reforms on the street for the first time in 2020, but many key initiatives are delayed as well.

Houston PD Policy Will Allow Officers to Grow Beards

Two years after loosening up the department's tattoo regulations, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced that officers will be allowed to grow beards.

Indiana Agency's Policy Mandates Random Inspection of Officers' Body Camera Footage

The new requirements call for sergeants to randomly sample at least five videos each month from officers they supervise, and to review at least 15 minutes of footage from each subordinate three or more times per year.

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Wyoming Officer Alleges Pregnancy Cost Her Promotion

A police officer in Wyoming has filed a lawsuit claiming she was denied a chance at promotion because her high-risk pregnancy prevented her from taking a physical test on the date it was given.