Last week, Oklahoma Citys Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) union requested that officers be allowed to carry their personal firearms and ammunition while on duty. They also requested OKC police be issued more body armor, NewsOK.com reported.
In a letter sent last Wednesday, FOP president John George asked police chief Bill Citty for the changes, saying, Allowing our officers to carry rifles could help end a dangerous situation sooner and save innocent lives.
Citty has said before that he doesnt see a necessary need for the extra firepower and called the recent shooting attack on Dallas police an aberration.
He has, however, considered adding additional police helmets and shields.
Also, police supervisors are now required to respond to all shots fired and gun calls, and those officers already have rifles, Citty said in a video posted to the NewsOK.com website.
I just feel like its in the best interest of this department and the city that we provide the equipment for our officers, that they dont have to buy their own, that we have control over the quality of that equipment, Citty said.
Fatal Force, a data sourcing project by The Washington Post, cites three police-related fatal shootings of suspects in Oklahoma City so far this year.
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