The West Lafayette Police Department’s 2022 policy along with the closure of Steely Street and District Boulevard was approved at the board meeting Tuesday morning.
The WLPD is set to change its department’s policy for 2022 to “reflect current state law and best practices,” according to a memo submitted by WLPD Chief Troy Harris.
Some policy changes include the removal of the “firearms permitted off-duty” clause, which states that “the carrying of firearms by off-duty members is permitted.”
Some policy changes include removing the clause that states members are allowed to carry firearms while off duty.
The ‘warrantless emergency searches’ policy which previously stated that ‘officers may also enter a dwelling while in pursuit of a suspect’ is now updated to replace the word ‘hot’ by “expenses”.
The new prosecution is defined as the prosecution of a person who has committed or is reasonably suspected of having committed a crime, according to the policy document. New prosecution does not mean instantaneously, but “prosecution without unreasonable delay”.
The WLPD policy also added another clause regarding the use of automatic license plate reading devices. The ALPR is a device that uses cameras to compare license plate images to the license plates of allegedly stolen vehicles in their database, according to the policy document.
An officer cannot detain an individual based on the RAPI system alert unless they have reasonable suspicion of the individual’s involvement in criminal activity. Agents will complete department-approved training prior to using the LPR system.
Also, hair policies have been changed. Female members of the department must have hairstyles that do not extend below the bottom of their uniform crest. Previously, the rule stated that headgear should “not extend below the lower edge of a uniform or dress shirt collar.” Beard and goatee are now allowed, only if worn with a mustache. The length of facial hair cannot exceed 1/4 inch.
Steely Street, west of South Grant Street. will close Sept. 23 from 2-6:30 p.m., due to repairs at the College of Agriculture Block Party.
Additionally, District Boulevard will be closed Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., due to Rolls Royce Day at the Convergence Center.