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Cleveland Police Department Challenges NFL Policy Banning Off-Duty Officers from Attending Games Armed

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Cleveland Police Department Challenges NFL Policy Banning Off-Duty Officers from Attending Games Armed

The Cleveland Police Department is the first law enforcement agency to challenge an NFL policy banning off-duty officers from carrying their firearms into any of the league’s 32 stadiums.

“A police officer is never happy to give up his service weapon, especially when we have the right to carry it, you know, 24 hours, seven days a week, and we’re upheld by our oath, too, to protect and serve the public on or off duty,” Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told Cleveland TV station WOIO 19 Action News on Oct. 4.

Since Cleveland police officers, like those in many other law enforcement agencies, are required to carry their firearms at all times, including when off-duty, the prohibition essentially means police officers cannot attend Cleveland Browns’ games unless they are on duty.

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