I'm a police officer in South Bend, IN and we currently issue a limited number of patrol rifles. I'm trying to gather information to present to the administration trying to talk them in to allowing officers to carry their personally owned AR style rifles. If anyone has either department policies allowing this or know of agencies that do, please let me know. Thanks in advance.
Our policy has morphed over the years. It started out as any repeater Semi-Auto, Bolt action, or Lever action with a minimum of .223 caliber and max of .30-06. No Magnums allowed. No pistol caliber carbines allowed.
Now it is AR-15's, AR-10's and their various clones. .223/5.56 or .308.
To carry the rifle the officer must complete a 30 hour class and qualify 1x annually.
Ammo must be Soft Point, or Hollow Point. Match or Premium Hunting grade ammo. No FMJ.
James Yeager of Tactical Response, Inc. has written a very good article about issuing/allowing the use of patrol rifles. If you go to Groupee Login, and ask, he is usually pretty friendly about helping departments get patrol rifles...