Toledo Police bans tactical vests for officers
By Alexis Means
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - There are a number of tools police officer need to carry to fight crime on the street, and Toledo's top cop is addressing gripes about his new policy to ban a particular vest Toledo police ocers used to wear. Officers have been told they can no longer wear Molle tactical vests. The order went into effect February 1.
"In my opinion, that looks too much like a military soldier," said Toledo Police Chief George Kral.
The chief is big on community policing. The past four police classes have been issued new bullet resistant vests. Some officers don't like the new order. They claim the old vests helped to eliminate back and hip pain.
And rookies generally don't worry about back and hip issues. But that changes over the years. Not to mention the less you have on the belt, the less likely you will loose it in a chase. Chief, with all due respect, you're making you officer's job more difficult. Try using modern equipment. I don't use typewriters for reports now, but computers. Duty gear has evolved. Not to mention, the people who hate your officer's guts, don't care if they are wearing a Sam Brown or outer body armor.
Be safe Toledo.