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Oklahoma City Police Union Wants Permission for Officers to Carry Personal Rifles on Duty

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police union is pushing for an increasingly armed and armored police force after last week's shooting in Dallas left five officers dead.

In a publicly released letter, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123 asked the city department Wednesday to allow officers to carry personal rifles on duty and equip more officers with body armor for use in active-shooter situations.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty could not be reached Thursday for comment, but has told The Oklahoman newspaper that allowing personal rifles on duty is unnecessary and would present problems for ensuring the quality of the equipment.

Master Sgt. John George, who is president of the local union, says the union has requested this policy before and issued its recent letter in light of the Dallas shooting.