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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."
Tuesday, January 15 2013, 06:56 AM CST
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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