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TITLE: Revoking Weapons Authorization

POLICY

To ensure the safety of members of the Fugitive Unit, as well as staff, offenders, and the public, the Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services may revoke an officer’s authorization to use any weapon including firearms. The District may seize and secure an officer’s weapons, including his/her firearm, if deemed necessary.

PROCEDURES

The Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services may revoke an officer’s ability to carry a firearm or other weapon if reasonable cause exists that conditions could affect their ability to perform their duties or to carry a firearm or other weapon safely.

  1. The decision to revoke an officer’s authorization to carry a firearm or other weapon can only be made by:
    1. The District Director of the Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.
    2. An Assistant District Director of the Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.
    3. The Supervisor of the Fugitive Unit.
    4. Recommendations shall be sought from the following when deemed appropriate:
      1. Medical Doctor
      2. Psychologist
      3. Psychiatrist
  2. Reasonable cause may include, but is not to be limited to the assessment of an officer’s physical and emotional condition. This includes the presence of drug and/or alcohol related problems or signs of emotional instability as observed by supervisory staff, temper outbursts, physical aggressiveness, or the officer being under the care of a medical doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist.
  3. All officers in the Fugitive Unit that carry a firearm or other weapons are required to notify their Supervisor of any physical or pharmacological conditions that could affect their ability to perform their duties safely. Once the Supervisor is notified of any condition that could affect the officer’s ability to perform their duties safely, the officer’s authorization to carry a firearm or other weapon will be suspended.
  4. Authorization to carry a firearm or other weapon will be reinstated when the officer can safely perform the duties of the Fugitive Unit and carry a firearm or other weapon safely. Reinstatement of the authorization to carry any firearm or weapon can only be made by the District Director of the Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services.
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