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Dallas police to sideline officers for a month

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DALLAS (AP) - On the heels of six officer-involved shootings last month, the Dallas Police Department says it's planning on sidelining officers for a longer amount of time if they fire their weapons.

Current department policy calls for officers in shootings to go on administrative leave for five days. The new policy would temporarily assign the officer to restricted duty at a desk job or a lighter assignment for 30 days. It also would require officers to undergo additional counseling after a shooting.

Assistant police chief Tom Lawrence tells The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1AdcNhH ) that the police chief was already considering changes to the department's policy, but the recent shootings served as a catalyst.

Lawrence says some ideas are still preliminary, but that the changes will be immediately implemented for officers in shootings.

Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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