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The Chief in Toledo has banned officers from wearing the outer tactical vests. You know, the ones with trauma plates and can more evenly distribute the extra thirty or so pounds of equipment carried by officers. Yeah, the vests that help with lower back and hip pain and discomfort. That one.

When questioned the chief said, …”I’m the chief, I make these decisions.” True enough, but don’t you think you should have some input from members of the department. Especially those that bare the brunt of the decision. You know, patrol cops.

Gonna bet a number of cops will be afflicted with some type of injury from having all the weight on their belt.

By the way, this is a relatively new chief and it’s probably not the best way to start as chief. Maybe he should have taken this up with the officers association.

What’s next…stiletto heels?




Published by Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit www.KenJDye.com.

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  1. Has the police department (aka the chief) not yet sued him over the use of inferior equipment firearms vests which will result in personal harm to officers. An expensive litigation of the police department let alone morally incompetent by the department keep the officers safe.

    1. I don’t think there has been any litigation or lawsuits about this. But then it could and probably should happen.
      Maybe when the chief gets all this blowback he’ll rethink his stupid position.

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