More Phoenix police officers might carry own rifles on the job

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PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Police Department is looking into a pilot program that would allow senior police officers to carry their own rifles while on the job.

Officers might carry own rifles

Some officers said they feel more at risk and have asked if they could bring along their own rifles when they're out in the field.

Right now, 60 officers carry department-issued rifles. That's fewer than other departments of the same size.

Officers said that adding the weapons make going up against criminals a better match, especially in high-risk situations.

Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris says firearm experts recommend that 200 officers on the front lines have rifles.