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Title: Model Policy for Patrol Knives
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:50  Issue:1  Dated:January 2002  Pages:48-55
Author(s): Steve Tarani
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 8
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Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article provides information on a poll that was taken to assist in the development of a national policy for the selection, carry, and use of the patrol knife.
Abstract: A number of questions were asked of officers, supervisors and administrators from the ranks of FTO concerning their use of the patrol knife. These responses represent three-dozen city, county, State and Federal police agencies from the coast to coast. The following is a list of some of the questions and the composite answers of the interviewees. 1) Is there a policy on carrying, deploying and using a folding knife by employees in your department? The most common response was no. Most States use State guidelines referencing equipment and application. 2) Can any officer carry a combat folder? Are there any specifications or regulations regarding blade length or blade type? The most common answer was yes. Any officer may carry a combat folder on or off duty, and while not employed in a custody environment. 3) May any officer carry a fixed blade? Are there any specifications or regulations regarding blade length or blade type? The most common response was yes. Special team members, and those officers trained in the proper carry and deployment of such equipment, are permitted to carry a fixed blade on either a load-bearing vest in a secured manner or in any manner of attachment deemed safe. Without standards for the carry, deployment, and containment of knives by police officers, agency liability increases.
Main Term(s): Knives; Weapon carrying; Weapons handling safety guidelines
Index Term(s): Police safety; Police weapons; Police weapons use; Weapons
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