Gov. Phil Bryant is urging law enforcement officers in the state to carry their weapons with them at all times.

In a letter written Wednesday to Department of Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz, Bryant asked for a policy to be implemented encouraging all sworn law enforcement officers in the Department of Public Safety to carry their service weapons even while off duty.

“Ensuring the safety of Mississippians is a chief concern, and this responsibility is heightened in the wake of tragedies that have occurred throughout the nation, Bryant wrote. “This policy will allow highly trained, sworn law enforcement officers under the jurisdiction of the DPS the ability to respond should a threat to public safety arise in a Mississippi community.”

Bryant went on to say that he has confidence in the firearms training offered to the officers and agents of the DPS, and believes they have extensive experience in how to safely carry and operate their service weapons.

“We reached out to the Department of Public Safety because that’s an executive agency, so that’s where we started,” said Nicole Webb, spokeswoman for Bryant’s office. “He wanted to make sure that any sworn officer under the DPS knew that carrying their weapon is accepted and encouraged.”

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