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The new policy emphasizes that officers are to retrieve their rifles only when it is clear that a tactical advantage over a criminal suspect is warranted. Authorization to carry a rifle can be revoked for violation of guidelines.
Guidelines maintain that each rifle must be inspected for uniformity and is individually approved. No modifications can be made to the rifle once it is approved. The rifle is subject to inspection at any time. And each officer approved to carry a rifle must complete a three-day course.
Twenty officers who personally own rifles, will take part in the first training course later this month. Nearly 1,400 of Nashville's officers personally own such rifles.
"This policy change is in the best interest of public and officer safety," says Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson. "It has become increasingly clear that a pistol and shotgun may not be enough for an officer to stop a threat to innocent citizens."
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Prince Edward presents Edinburgh's awards in Tenn.
May 23, 2013 22:00 GMT
By ERIK SCHELZIG Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, is visiting Tennessee to promote one of the British royal family's charities, the Duke of Edinburgh's awards.
The prince presided over an awards ceremony at the governor's mansion in Nashville on Thursday for the first batch of young Tennesseans to participate in the leadership and character program.
About 80 youths received the award by participating in community service, skills development, physical fitness and adventurous journeys through the Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, LEAD Academy, Montgomery Bell Academy or the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Organization.
Following the event, Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam invited the awardees and their families to tea inside the governor's residence. Later on Thursday, the prince was scheduled to headline a black-tie gala at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville.
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
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LAKELAND, Minn. (AP) -- High school student Zach Sobiech (SOH'-bee-eck) says he wanted to be remembered as "a kid who went down fighting and didn't really lose."
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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- David Cooper wants to bring a little more sin -- to Sin City.