State Park Officers’ Union: Officers Need Guns and Bulletproof Vests

The union representing Michigan state park officers says they need to be able to carry guns and wear bulletproof vests.

MLive reports the Michigan State Employees Association says a lack of training and equipment puts officers in an unsafe working environment.

They’ve filed a complaint with the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

But the Michigan DNR is fighting back.

A spokesperson says state parks are safe, and there are not more incidents at parks now than in years past.

Michigan’s 320 state park officers carry pepper spray, batons and handcuffs.

The state’s 220 conservation officers are allowed to carry guns.

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