A new National Football League policy prohibits off-duty law enforcement officials from bringing their firearms to a football game.
Police officers in Cleveland said they received an internal memo on Sep. 11 advising them that any off-duty member of federal, state and local law enforcement would be barred from entering any NFL stadium or facility if they were carrying a gun.
Jeff Folmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association, told Fox 8 Cleveland that officers are disappointed with the new rule.
“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 7 days a week,” said Follmer. “And we’re upheld by our oath too to protect and serve the public on or off duty.”
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Follmer said officers have a duty to protect and serve in other areas before and after Cleveland Browns games at FirstEnergy Stadium.
“We are police officers 24/7,” Follmer told Cleveland.com. “I don’t know why anyone would want to disarm a police officer.”