City police and Wake County Sheriff’s Office brass granted the troops in patrol cars the right to bare arms Friday.
No joking. April 1 is the day that the two agencies allowed their officers and deputies to bring out short-sleeve uniform shirts if they choose. That means Raleigh officers also can lose the ties that are required when they wear long sleeves.
The change is an opportunity, not a requirement.
Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said officers can choose to wear long-sleeve shirts as long the ties go with them.
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In Durham, sheriff’s deputies got their right to bare arms on March 1, while Durham city officers could shake their arms free as of March 21.
In Chapel Hill, police do not have such restrictions, said Lt. Joshua Mecimore, a department spokesman. Long or short sleeves are good year-round.